Leading Financial Agency Enters into Exclusive Strategic Partnership with top ten U.K.-Based Agency
NEW YORK; JULY 12 – Dukas Linden Public Relations (DLPR) today announced its expansion into Continental Europe, the U.K. and Asia through the establishment of an exclusive, strategic partnership agreement with MHP Communications (MHP)—one of the U.K.’s ten largest PR agencies, with offices in London, Frankfurt, Hong Kong, Singapore and Sydney.
Under the terms of the agreement, MHP will act as DLPR’s exclusive partner in Europe and Asia, and DLPR will act as MHP’s exclusive partner in the U.S. for financial and professional services PR. Together, the two agencies will jointly provide fully integrated PR and communications services to asset management and financial firms across the globe—from Hong Kong to Los Angeles.
“Today marks an important milestone in our 13-year history,” said Richard Dukas, Chairman and CEO of DLPR. “Our partnership with MHP will enable clients to work with us globally, and receive the same professional quality service in Asia and Europe as they do in the US. The partnership also will enable DLPR to continue to grow, diversify our client base and expand the depth and breadth of our service offerings.”
Seth Linden, DLPR’s president, added, “Our partnership with MHP is a result of months of intensive discussions, well before Brexit was significantly on anyone’s radar. That being said, in the post-Brexit environment our value proposition is more compelling than ever. US companies need communications professionals ‘on the ground’ in Europe and Asia who have their finger on the pulse of the rapidly changing business environment while European and UK-based companies, especially, will likely look to the US market, more than ever, as an engine of growth and opportunity.”
With a combined staff of 195 communications professionals, the two firms will be capable of providing a broad range of advice and support to clients in the financial, financial services and professional services sectors, including asset management, pensions, insurance, banking and consumer finance and capital markets, M&A and transaction advice for listed companies in all sectors. The two firms’ financial services clients have aggregate assets under management or advice totalling $4 trillion.
Andrew Jaques, Chief Executive of MHP Financial, said: “We are pleased to announce this new partnership with DLPR, as well as the opening of our office in Frankfurt, Germany. Both initiatives will enable our two firms to offer seamless client service covering the 24-hour news cycle and developments in major world financial markets. MHP has a powerful reputation in UK and Asia, and now DLPR brings a significant US presence.”
Emma Smith, Chief Executive of MHP Asia Pacific and Head of MHP’s Financial Services Practice, said: “Recent events in the UK and Europe serve to emphasise the importance and value of specialist local knowledge, combined with the ability to communicate globally. We believe that MHP and DLPR share common values in our approach both to client service–a commitment to providing insight, knowledge and access–and to our practices, which focus on quality asset managers and owners and leading professional services providers. Together we will provide effective business-to-business communications that drive corporate value.”
About Dukas Linden Public Relations
Founded in 2002, Dukas Linden Public Relations (www.DLPR.com) has extensive experience in the asset and wealth management, financial and professional services industries. The communications goals of its clients include general profile raising and brand building through broad media outreach; content development; ongoing reputation and crisis management; strategic thought leadership initiatives; message development; media and presentation coaching; and social media.
DLPR is ranked as one of the industry’s ten largest independently owned financial PR agencies by O’Dwyers, a leading PR trade publication. The New York Observer listed DLPR as one of the “50 Most Powerful PR Firms” in 2015; and in 2014, it was singled out as “Best PR Firm” by HFMWeek, a leading alternative asset management publication. For more information, visit www.dlpr.com and follow the firm on Twitter @DukasLindenPR.
DLPR’s roster of clients includes multi-billion dollar hedge funds and asset managers, mutual fund and ETF companies, wealth advisory firms, investment banks, well-regarded professional services firms, and fast-growing professional services/B2B companies. Headquartered in New York, DLPR also has offices in the Los Angeles area.
About MHP Communications
MHP Communications (MHP) is a top 10 UK-based strategic communications consultancy with approximately 150 consultants in UK, Germany and Asia. Founded in 2010, MHP provides communications advice and support, tailored to enable clients to meet specific business objectives. Its financial, financial services and professional services practices represent clients across asset management, pensions, insurance, banking and consumer finance, wealth management, private equity, investment trusts, alternative finance and index, corporate finance, research providers and capital markets, M&A and transaction advice for listed companies in all sectors. Its financial services clients’ have aggregate assets under management or advice totalling ?2 trillion.
In addition to its financial practices, MHP’s expertise spans investor, corporate, health and consumer communications, digital services and design, media relations, public affairs advice, employee engagement and internal communications, and CSR and sustainability advice.
MHP is a member of the Engine Group, a global community of 13 best-in-class specialist companies engaged in marketing, content, digital, brand consultancy, research, data analytics, PR, strategic consultancy and advertising. MHP is one of the most awarded communication consultancies in the UK, with over 50 awards in 2016 alone, including a Gold Health Lion at Cannes, for Missing Type, a joint Engine campaign with advertising agency, WCRS, for NHS Blood and Transfusion. This campaign contributed to an increase of 30,000 new donors equating to over 100,000 more lives saved. For more information, visit www.mhpc.com and follow the consultancy on Twitter @mhpc.