Norwalk-based strategic communications firm ICR has been ranked among the top five public relations advisors on mergers and acquisitions, according to Mergermarket’s Global M&A Trend report for 2013. The ranking, based on deal volume in the U.S., tops ICR’s place last year as 10th in Mergermarket’s U.S. M&A league table.
Internationally, ICR was placed 10th among PR advisors, based on deal value, up from 19th in 2012, and 13th based on deal volume globally, a whopping jump from 49th a year ago. ICR advised on 80 M&A transactions in 2013, with a total deal value of $36.4 billion, according to a press release.
“Though M&A remained relatively flat in 2013, we were thrilled to see such a strong year over year improvement in our rankings in Mergermarket’s annual analysis of the top PR advisors to M&A,” Tom Ryan, CEO of ICR, said in the release. “In addition, ICR remained a clear leader in IPO transactions in 2013.”
Ryan continued, “Whether for transaction-based advice or counsel and execution for ongoing communications programs, companies continue to seek out ICR’s unique, integrated approach which combines firsthand capital markets knowledge and in-depth industry expertise with communications best practices. This approach continues to redefine the strategic value an agency can bring to the table, and as highlighted by Mergermarket’s Global M&A rankings as well as ICR’s consistent top 10 PR agency rankings in PRWeek and O’Dwyer’s‚‚, enables ICR to solve an increasingly broad set of client issues.”