Financial communications specialist Brunswick joins the DIFC



Brunswick , the international financial and corporate communications consultancy, announced today that it has been licensed by the DIFC Authority to provide services from the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC). The DIFC office will mark the 12 th international office opened by Brunswick.
Assem O. Kabesh, Chief Business Development Officer of the DIFC and Board Member of the DIFC Authority, said: “For any firm, communicating clearly with stakeholders, investors, the media and the general public is one of the keys to good governance and long-term success. At the DIFC, and especially through Hawkama, the Institute for Corporate Governance, we have long stressed the need for transparent and timely communications in line with global best practices.”
He added: “On behalf of the DIFC, then, I am pleased to welcome Brunswick to our growing community. Brunswick is the first financial communications consultancy to be registered with the DIFC, which reflects the growing need for the provision of strategic communications advice to support financial institutions and their clients.”
Brunswick provides informed advice at the board and executive management level to businesses, helping them to address critical communications challenges that may affect their valuation, reputation or ability to achieve their ambitions.
Brunswick ’s office in Dubai will be led by Rupert Young, who has fourteen years advisory experience in cross border M&A, IPO, reputation management and crisis communications. The team is being advised on a retained basis by Anthony Harris, the former British Ambassador to the United Arab Emirates, who is currently a regional market analyst on Gulf affairs.
Commenting on the launch, Rupert Young said: “ Brunswick has been supporting clients in the region for a number of years, principally advising on major corporate transactions, strategic positioning projects and listings including those of Kingdom Hotel Investments, Hikma Pharmaceuticals and Goldfields on the DIFX. With the strong growth of the DIFC, Dubai represents the natural next step for the firm as it develops its international presence and bridges the gap between business in Europe and Asia.”
Worldwide, Brunswick is one firm, a private partnership that has grown organically person by person from three partners in one office in 1987 to over 90 partners and directors in twelve offices around the world today. In total Brunswick has over 350 people servicing 250 clients worldwide. The predominance of senior industry professionals from a range of industry backgrounds gives the firm a major competitive advantage and clients a significant benefit. As a result Brunswick was ranked in first* position in 2006 for M&A communications advisers in both Europe and North America.

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