Hering Schuppener Group
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Hering Schuppener Group

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Corporate and financial communications specialist

 

The largest—and the best—corporate and financial communications consultancy in Germany, Hering Schuppener has the expertise and depth of management to rival any firm in the world when it comes to providing high-level strategic public relations counsel. It ranks in the top three in Germany in terms of fee income (€17.1 million in 2005, and on course for 17 percent growth in 2006) according to PR Report’s industry ranking; number one in terms of quality reputation according to a 2004 survey by PR Magazin and the University of Muenster; and number one among German firms in the mergers and acquisitions business according to mergermarket’s analysis of deals activity. It was also named the Best Continental Consultancy to Work For for the second consecutive year in our survey of employees across Europe.

Founded in 1994 by Ralf Hering and Bernd Schuppener (both veterans of German PR pioneer ABC, now part of Euro RSCG), Hering Schuppener today includes three operating companies: Hering Schuppener, the corporate communications consultancy; Hering Schuppener Consulting, the financial communications consultancy; and GCI Healthcare, a joint venture with GCI Group. It employs more than 100 consultants in three offices—Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, and Hamburg—and provides counsel in five key areas: corporate reputation management, mergers and acquisitions, equity capital markets and IPOs, investor relations, and crisis and change management.

            One of the things that distinguishes Hering Schuppener from its rivals is the depth and experience of its management team. Hering was previously managing director of international operations for former German market leader ABC and chairman of Europe for GCI Group in the late 90s. Schuppener is a former TV journalist and was head of strategic planning and chief of the political department at public TV channel ZDF before joining ABC. Alexander Geiser, who heads the M&A practice in Frankfurt, has a management consulting background and is a nine-year veteran of the firm. Matthias Poth was global head of the corporate centre at Infineon and an investment banker in New York before he joined HS in 2004. Tina Schulte, head of the restructuring practice, joined HS in 1998 from Citigate in

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