PUBLICIS GROUPE SA : Publicis Groupe Acquires CNC, German-Based Strategic Consultancy Network with Global Footprint Will Align to MSLGROUP
07/11/2012| 02:35am US/Eastern
Publicis Groupe [EURONEXT Paris: FR0000130577] announced today the
acquisition of strategic communications consultancy CNC - Communications
& Network Consulting AG (CNC).
CNC will become part of MSLGROUP, the flagship strategic
communications network of Publicis Groupe.
Headquartered in Munich, Germany, CNC is an international strategic
communications consultancy group. CNC, which employs around 100
professionals, is present in 14 cities across Europe, Asia, North and
South America. Since its founding in 2002, the consultancy has regularly
achieved double-digit annual growth.
With an exceptional client portfolio, CNC advises large corporations,
mid-cap companies, institutions and individuals on all aspects of
strategic communications within their specific markets. CNC's services
range from strategic communications and reputation management to
financial communications, crisis counseling including litigation
advisory, branding and public affairs.
In the IPO market, CNC has been the market leader in Germany since 2005.
The consultancy has been involved in more than 100 transactions with a
total volume of more than 180 billion Euro and has a particularly strong
focus on cross-border mandates.
Terms of the transaction were not disclosed, the completion of which is
subject to the usual anti-trust approvals.
CNC will be aligned to MSLGROUP. Its leadership under CEO Dr. Christoph
Walther remains unchanged. MSLGROUP CEO Olivier Fleurot and MSLGROUP
President for the EMEA region, Anders Kempe, will join CNC's supervisory
board where Mr Kempe will become Chairman.
MSLGROUP will work to build seamless collaboration between CNC and the
rest of the MSLGROUP network.
In Germany, clients will be offered the services of two consultancies:
CNC with its particular focus on strategic, financial and corporate
communications as well as public affairs
MSL Germany, with its broad capabilities across the communications
spectrum including social media, corporate communications and
reputation management. MSL Germany is headed up by CEO Dr.Wigan
"CNC is one of the premier strategic and financial public
relations firms in Europe, with a client base that is outstanding. I
have followed CNC's success story with interest and I am impressed by
the company's entrepreneurial spirit. The skill set will fit perfectly
into our group and our strategy to make Germany one of our key hubs."
commented Maurice Levy, Publicis Groupe Chairman and CEO.
Olivier Fleurot, CEO MSLGROUP, said: "Bringing CNC into MSLGROUP
makes us one of the top three networks in Germany, and at the same time
gives us very valuable additional strategic capabilities in other key
markets. We see considerable potential in matching and leveraging our
collective competencies and relationships."
Christoph Walther, CEO of CNC added, "We are very excited to team up
with Publicis Groupe's strategic communications network MSLGROUP as it
provides us with a truly global footprint. While our current clients
will enjoy continued high-class service by the existing CNC offices, we
will be able to tap into the significant benefits offered by being part
of MSLGROUP. "
About Publicis Groupe
Publicis Groupe [Euronext Paris FR0000130577, part of the CAC 40 index]
is the third largest communications group in the world, offering the
full range of services and skills: digital and traditional advertising,
public affairs and events, media buying and specialized communication.
Its major networks are Leo Burnett, MSLGROUP, PHCG (Publicis Healthcare
Communications Group), Publicis Worldwide, Rosetta and Saatchi &
Saatchi. VivaKi, the Groupe's media and digital accelerator, includes
Digitas, Razorfish, Starcom MediaVest Group and ZenithOptimedia. Present
in 104 countries, the Groupe employs 54,000 professionals.
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MSLGROUP is Publicis Groupe's PR, strategic communications and
engagement group, advisors in all aspects of communication strategy:
from consumer PR to financial communications, from public affairs to
reputation management and from crisis communications to event
management. With more than 3,600 people, its offices span 22 countries.
Adding affiliates and partners into the equation, MSLGROUP's reach
increases to 4,000 employees in 83 countries. Today the largest PR
network in Greater China and India, the group offers strategic planning
and counsel, insight-guided thinking and big, compelling ideas -
followed by thorough execution.
About CNC - Communications & Network Consulting AG
CNC - Communications & Network Consulting AG is an international
strategic communications consultancy group which advises large
corporations, mid-cap companies, institutions and individuals on all
aspects of strategic communications within their specific markets. With
around 100 employees and represented in 14 cities across Europe, North
America and Asia, and a particularly strong focus on cross-border
mandates, CNC is one of the world's leading international strategic
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