Transaction Combines Sloane’s Corporate
and Financial Communications Expertise with SKDK’s Nationally Leading Public
Sloane & Company to Retain
Leadership Structure and Operate as Independent Subsidiary of SKDK
NEW YORK – FEBRUARY
20, 2020 – The nation’s leading public
affairs firm, SKDKnickerbocker (SKDK), (https://skdk.wpengine.com/) today announced it has acquired Sloane &
Company, (Sloane), (https://www.sloanepr.com/), an
industry-leading corporate and financial communications firm, from MDC Partners.
Under the transaction, Sloane will retain its current leadership structure and
all key personnel and operate as an independent subsidiary of SKDK.
acquisition – the first in our history – makes perfect strategic sense,” said
Josh Isay, CEO of SKDK. “We will now be able to offer our current and future
clients best-in-class expertise in corporate and financial communications,
transaction support and special situations work. Sloane will be able to offer
its clients SKDK’s nationally recognized leadership in public affairs, in-house
research and analytics, award-winning digital and traditional advertising
strategy and creative, and enhanced C-suite media training and speech writing.
Together, SKDK and Sloane will use our uniquely comprehensive suite of services
to help clients around the country and across the globe.”
Brandt and Whit Clay, who will continue to operate Sloane & Company as
Co-CEOs, stated, “By coming together with SKDK we will be able to advance the distinctive
approach, values and commitment to exceptional work that have defined our
firm’s success – while providing our clients and partners access to the counsel
and services of the best political and public affairs firm in the business. As
we began to discuss the idea of a deal with SKDK’s leadership, it quickly became
apparent that this was a perfect cultural fit and the right move for both of
us. Our business has exceptional positive momentum coming out of 2019 and the
time is right for our team to grow and capitalize on the many opportunities in
front of us. We are even more excited about what we will be able to do in 2020
and beyond by joining SKDK.”
the combination, the wide breadth of services available to clients will include:
positioning and media relations, public affairs, political campaigns, research
and polling, M&A support, shareholder activism and governance, regulatory
issues, investor relations, restructurings, media campaigns and media buying,
digital media and analytics, and crisis communications.
of the transaction were not disclosed.
(SKDK) is a top national communications and political consulting firm bringing
unparalleled strategic communications experience to Fortune 500 companies,
nonprofits, philanthropic organizations and labor unions, as well as political
committees and candidates. With offices in Washington, New York, Los Angeles
and Albany, SKDK offers strategic support to managing a crisis, protecting a
brand, advocating an issue or winning an election. The influential Holmes
Report once again named SKDK as the North America Public Affairs Agency of the
Year in 2019, following wins in 2015, 2016, and 2018. To learn more about SKDK,
visit our website at www.skdknick.com.
is a proud member of The Stagwell Group, a collaborative group of agencies who
are out to “reinvent the holding company,” according
to the Wall Street Journal. The Stagwell Group portfolio includes more than a dozen
best-in-class, digital-first agencies who are focused on what modern CMOs need.
Learn more about Stagwell at www.stagwellgroup.com
About Sloane & Company:
in 1998, Sloane & Company is an industry-leading strategic communications
firm focused on Corporate Communications, Media Relations, Investor Relations,
Crisis Communications and Issue Management, Shareholder Activism and Proxy
Contests, Transaction Support and Public Affairs. The firm’s senior leadership
is actively involved in all aspects of client work, utilizing a deep
understanding of the media, capital markets, and global political and social
issues to build, enhance and execute communications strategies. Sloane &
Company has previously been recognized by The Holmes Report as Global Corporate
Agency of the Year; and Crisis Agency of the Year, and in 2019 was ranked by
Bloomberg #2 among communications firms for shareholder activism support, based
on total number of campaigns.
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