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CNC and Capital MSL to Merge

Tue, 11/18/2014


London, Munich, November 18 2014: CNC - Communications and Network Consulting - and Capital MSL, two leading international strategic communications consultancies within MSLGROUP, have today announced their intention to merge. The combined consultancy will adopt the CNC name and offer clients a stronger international network and broader advisory capabilities.  This step considerably strengthens the overall London offering, and will also add a prominent Middle East and emerging markets presence, including offices in Abu Dhabi and Dubai, to CNC’s network.

The new CNC will begin operations on January 1st 2015 with 11 offices in 8 countries, currently working on more than 200 mandates around the world.   It will continue to offer a broad range of integrated strategic communications services including financial and corporate communications, reputation management, crisis and issues management, internal and change communications and public affairs. As part of the MSLGROUP network, the combined operation will leverage the skills of leading strategic and financial communications sister consultancies, such as Kekst & Company in the US and JKL in the Nordic Region, and will expand its presence in Asia and Latin-America.

Richard Campbell, Founder and CEO of Capital MSL and Roland Klein, currently the Managing Partner of CNC London, will be joint Managing Partners in London, also overseeing the growth in the Middle East. Claire Maloney and Nick Bastin, both shareholders and Managing Directors of Capital MSL, will join Kevin Soady as London-based CNC Partners, and will take the overall number of Partners in the CNC Group to 13.

Dr. Christoph Walther, CEO of CNC said today:

“When we joined Publicis two years ago, it was our primary goal to offer our clients the same level of service internationally as has been valued in Germany for many years. Through the merger with Capital MSL we are creating a strong and competitive presence in the strategically important London market and extending our network into the Middle East. Increasing collaboration on large cross border mandates with our US partner Kekst and JKL in Scandinavia demonstrates that our strategy to become increasingly international is working, and that we can add significantly more value to our clients today than we could a few years ago.”

Richard Campbell, Founder and CEO of Capital MSL, said today:

“Since Publicis Groupe’s acquisition of CNC in 2012 it was clear that not only did we advise clients around similar issues, but that we also had the same vision for the future. It makes strong strategic sense to combine the two networks to create an impressive international organisation of real scale, serving our clients as their most trusted advisor. After a successful and highly enjoyable thirteen years’ of growth as Capital MSL, we are convinced that this is the right step for our colleagues and clients, helping them to realise their own ambitions on a more international stage and in a more complex communications environment.”

Anders Kempe, EMEA President, MSLGROUP, said:

“MSLGROUP’s financial and related speciality communications teams together generate well over €100m euros in revenue, making us a top-three player in the space globally, and one with an impressive and growing hub in the important London market.”

MSLGROUP’s dedicated offering includes CNC in 8 markets, Kekst & Company in New York, Qorvis in Washington DC, JKL in the Nordic region, and Publicis Consultants in France.

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