New figures from Results International show that the number of marcoms deals completed in 2018 grew to 882, a four per cent increase on 2017. The number of deals hit a two year high in Q3 2018, only to increase ...Read More »
Results International: events and experiential agencies on buyers’ lists in 2017
New numbers from M&A specialist Results International show the events and experiential sector is seeing a rise in interest from buyers with 35 deals in the first half of 2017, more than double the number (14) in the same period ...Read More »
Falling share price hits WPP – will mooted mega-mergers make a reappearance?
WPP’s market capitalisation has dropped below £20bn following a downgrade to “underperform” from broker Exane BNP Paribas which reckons it and other agency-based holding companies will lose out to other “nimbler” providers better able to offer automation and ecommerce. Consultants, ...Read More »
International deals drive 2015 marcoms takeover trends
New Research by specialist marcoms M&A firm Results International shows that the number of global marcoms deals completed in Q3 2015 rose by seven per cent from Q2 (264 deals in Jul-Sep compared to 246 in Apr-Jun). This has been ...Read More »
Paul Simons: big changes ahead for UK supermarkets – is it time for SainTesco or TASDA?
The news on Sainsbury’s results and gloomy trading forecast (notwithstanding the warm glow from its Christmas campaign) underlines the shifting sands beneath the main players in the UK grocery market. It feels like a market close to saturation with little ...Read More »
How TBWA failed as an agency in London – but its managers took over the world
Ad Age has a piece today on Robert Senior, the new global CEO of Saatchi & Saatchi. Senior (left) takes over from Kevin Roberts next January. Which prompted the thought: how come so many alumni of TBWA in the UK ...Read More »
Paul Simons: Omnicom/Publicis shows us that mergers are really takeovers by another name
John Wren, CEO of Omnicom, has sworn never again to attempt a merger of equal partners in the wake of the collapsed deal with Publicis. As the wisdom of M&A specialists would say: “there is not such a thing as ...Read More »