Cicero Group becomes part of the AMO global strategic advisory network

by Neil Bennett | 8th January 2020

(London): Maitland/AMO is pleased to announce that Cicero Group is joining AMO, the global strategic advisory network, to accelerate the next stage in its growth plans. Cicero will rebrand itself as Cicero/AMO.

As part of this move, Cicero/AMO will work closely alongside Maitland/AMO, one of AMO’s founder members, to provide comprehensive strategic advice covering public affairs, corporate communications, research and campaigns, investor relations and media relations in the UK and EU.

AMO is present in 11 countries, with consultancies based in London, Paris, New York, Washington, Tokyo, Frankfurt, Berlin, Stockholm, Zurich, Montreal, Hong Kong, Amsterdam, and Milan. In the first half of 2019 alone, the AMO Partnership advised on almost 60 M&A deals worth over €230 billion.

Commenting, AMO Chairman Angus Maitland said: “We are delighted to welcome Cicero into AMO’s growing global network and we all look forward to working with Iain and Jeremy. This is part of a broad strategic move to develop AMO capability in public affairs and policy, as governments around the world are becoming more interventionist in corporate affairs, particularly around M&A and governance. This was evidenced last year when Abernathy Macgregor, our US partner, opened its government affairs office in Washington, and Cicero’s presence in London, Brussels and Dublin will complement our already strong public affairs presence in France and Germany, delivered by Havas Paris/AMO and Deekeling Arndt/AMO respectively.”

Neil Bennett, Chief Executive of Maitland/AMO, added: “I am really pleased that Cicero has chosen to join AMO and work closely alongside Maitland/AMO to deliver a truly comprehensive strategic communications service across all key disciplines – at a time when the many aspects of communications and reputation management are more connected than ever. Clients have been telling us for some time that this is what they are looking for, and we are hitting the ground running in 2020 with a strategic vision, an approach and most of all a superb team that answers their needs.”

Iain Anderson, Executive Chairman, Cicero/AMO, said: “The need for expert, political, research-led and corporate communications counsel has never been greater. Specialist market and regulatory understanding has become a “must-have” for businesses looking to navigate today’s political and media landscape. This agreement ensures we will stay ahead of the curve. We will combine our world-class services to create the leading strategic communications offer and access the specialisms, expertise and creativity of both the AMO and the Havas networks. I want to thank our talented team and I am certain our clients will feel the benefit.”

Jeremy Swan, CEO, Cicero/AMO, said: “This is a key milestone in the Cicero story. We are aligning ourselves with one of the world’s largest communications groups and becoming part of a network of specialist strategic advisors further strengthening our international offering. This agreement brings many benefits. We will be able to do even more for our clients, attract additional market-leading talent to complement our existing expertise and compete for mandates on a global stage. I want to thank our amazing people. It’s been quite a ride over the last twenty years and with AMO as our new partner, think what we can do in the next twenty.”

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About Maitland/AMO

Maitland/AMO is one of Europe’s leading financial, corporate and political communications consultancies. We provide trusted advice to address the communications needs of some of the world’s finest companies. We are experts in the workings of financial markets, the media, governments and regulators. For the six months to 30 June 2018 we are ranked Number #1 by MergerMarket for our M&A advisory work, according to both deal number and deal value metric

About Cicero/AMO

Cicero/AMO is a full-service communications and market research agency, specialising in corporate PR, public affairs, market research and digital communications. Cicero design and deliver award-winning corporate, brand, political and regulatory campaigns across all major business sectors from offices in London, Brussels and Dublin. Cicero is the largest agency by public affairs revenues. (Source: PR Week Industry Report 2019).

About AMO

AMO is the leading global partnership of corporate and financial communications consultancies. Our best-in-class approach brings together local market leaders with unrivalled knowledge of stakeholder perceptions, financial markets and cross-border transactions in the key financial centers of Europe, Asia and the Americas.

Providing sophisticated communications counsel for reputation management, M&A and capital market transactions, media relations, investor relations and corporate crises, our partners have established relationships with many S&P 500, FTSE 100, SMI, CAC 40 and IBEX 35 companies.

AMO brings a highly experienced international team that can advise clients conducting mission-critical projects on a global scale. Our integrated execution allows us to seamlessly service our clients across a multitude of jurisdictions and a range of corporate and financial communications mandates.

AMO is backed by Havas, one of the world’s largest global communications groups, founded in 1835 in Paris.

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Eighteen years as an editor, columnist, broadcaster and journalist, including seven as the award-winning City Editor of the Sunday Telegraph

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