Tulchan burst onto the mergers and acquisitions scene in 2004 when it was selected over more established competitors to represent retail giant Marks & Spencer during its high-profile battle with would-be buyer Philip Green. Its reputation was established after it helped the M&S management team fend off Green’s unwanted advances, and since then it has consolidated its position as one of the brightest of the new generation of U.K-based corporate and financial public relations—and it has continued to work with M&S on an ongoing basis, demonstrating that it can handle big retainer assignments as effectively as transaction projects.
Of course, the M&A arena is one in which clients tend to hire individuals rather than agencies, and while Tulchan was a relatively new name, its founder Andrew Grant is a veteran of U.K. public relations giants Burson-Marsteller and financial communications giant Brunswick, where he handled his share of major mergers and acquisitions before deciding to strike out on his own in May of 2000. And Grant has surrounded himself with a team of financial communications veterans that includes former investment bankers Hilary Bowman and David Trenchard; Dominic Fry (former group director of corporate communications at Scottish Power), Andrew Honnor (a veteran of the U.S. market) and Susanna Voyle (a 15-year veteran of the Financial Times). New additions over the past 12 months include James Bradley, who joined as a senior consultant after 20 years at
Tulchan specializes in financial communications, helping clients develop and articulate their investment case, dealing with financial media, managing expectations among sell-side analysts, and advising on critical situations including M&As, IPOs, management changes, and other crises—all driven by the belief that companies are best served by maintaining an open dialogue with the financial media and the investment community. While clients are drawn from a wide range of industry sectors, the firm is particularly well known for its work in the retail and utility sectors. And while most of the work to date has been focused on the