Finsbury Glover Hering opens new office in Paris, a logical next step in European growth trajectory
PARIS/FRANKFURT, OCTOBER 25TH, 2021
Pan-European team led by Géraldine Amiel and Nathalie Falco, currently Bloomberg Bureau Chief Paris and Partner at Havas Paris
Focus on French and cross-border projects, advising on complex issues at the interface between capital markets, media and politics
Solid French presence is a logical next step of Finsbury Glover Hering’s European expansion, after opening an office in Zurich at the beginning of 2021 and confirmation of the firm’s position as a leading global strategic communications and public affairs consultancy
Finsbury Glover Hering’s new Paris office will start operating in November 2021. The international strategic communications consultancy, which was formed in January 2021 from the merger of Finsbury, Glover Park Group and Hering Schuppener, is reinforcing its global network with this 9th office in Europe. Mid-October, Finsbury Glover Hering and Sard Verbinnen & Co announced their merger to create the world’s leading strategic communications firm with about 1,000 professionals in 25 offices around the world to advise clients in navigating critical opportunities and challenges.
The Paris office will be led by two high-profile French partners: Géraldine Amiel, currently Bureau Chief of Bloomberg in Paris, and Nathalie Falco, currently Partner at Havas in Paris. Géraldine Amiel will join end of November, Nathalie Falco by the end of the year. Géraldine Amiel and Nathalie Falco will work alongside Katharina Blumenfeld, a Managing Director from the firm’s Frankfurt office. The Paris team will initially comprise seven communications professionals with growth planned over time and a team of 10 by the end of Q2 2022. The Paris office of Finsbury Glover Hering will support clients, with a particular focus on cross-border projects as well as complex issues requiring capital market know-how, media expertise and regulatory or political advice. In addition, the relationship between Paris and Brussels will be essential in strengthening further the firm’s leading position in European Union’s public affairs’ advisory.
Phoebe Kebbel, Managing Partner and member of Finsbury Glover Hering's Global Partnership Board, said: "Our European business has doubled over the past five years, driven by the increasing demand from multinational companies for global expertise and local presence. Finsbury Glover Hering’s unique model attracts the best talent worldwide thanks to our entrepreneurial culture and partnership-based model and together we gained market-leading positions in the UK and Germany and a strong hub for European affairs and pan-European communication in Brussels. Following the successful launch of our Swiss office, France is the logical next step to continue our growth path and even accelerate our strategic roadmap further following our merger in January. The internationally experienced leadership team of the Paris office could not be better suited and we are very much looking forward to working with Géraldine and Nathalie!"
Géraldine Amiel has had an international career as a journalist for more than 20 years, most recently seven years as Head of Editorial and Newsroom Management at Bloomberg in Paris. Earlier in her career, she was News Editor for Dow Jones Newswires and the Wall Street Journal in Paris, Paris Correspondent for CNBC Europe and held various positions for Agence France Presse in Paris, New York, and London. Géraldine Amiel holds a Master's degree in International Law, European Law and Competition Law from the University of Paris II Panthéon-Assas. In addition to English and French, Géraldine Amiel speaks German and Spanish.
Nathalie Falco, currently Partner at Havas Paris, advised on some of the most high-profile transactions in France, most recently Alstom in its acquisition of Bombardier Transport and Veolia in its successful takeover of SUEZ. Her focus is on capital markets communications as well as CEO positioning and restructuring communications. Prior to returning to France, she worked in London for 15 years, including at Maitland and Brunswick. She had started her career in investment banking at Bear Stearns in London. Nathalie Falco studied Economics and English at the Universities of Paris Nanterre and Madrid Complutense and holds a Master in Corporate Finance from EM Lyon Business School. In addition to English and French, Nathalie Falco speaks German, Italian and Spanish.
Katharina Blumenfeld, Managing Director, joined Finsbury Glover Hering 11 years ago after having worked for a French American finance company in Paris. She specializes in capital markets transactions and strategic positioning. She has been working on French-German mandates over the past years, was with Image Sept on a secondment in 2016 and currently leads the global BioNTech man-date. In her role and with her international profile she will help integrating the Paris team and driving the business development. Katharina Blumenfeld studied Communication Science and Politics at the University of Hohenheim and Sciences Po Bordeaux.
Until now, Finsbury Glover Hering was working with the French communications consultancy Image Sept in a formalized associate partnership. Phoebe Kebbel comments: "We’ve known Image Sept for more than 15 years and have always appreciated our cooperation. We will continue to advise joint existing clients and also recommend each other as needed."
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About Finsbury Glover Hering
Finsbury Glover Hering is a global strategic communications consultancy headquartered in New York, with around 700 multidisciplinary experts in the world’s major financial, government, economic and cultural centers. The company emerged from the merger of the leading consultants for strategic communications, Finsbury, The Glover Park Group (GPG) and He-ring Schuppener. It advises its clients on questions of Government Relations & Policy and Advocacy, Corporate Reputation & Leadership Strategies, Crisis & Issues Management, Transaction & Financial Communications and Transformation & Change, based on Research & Insights, Digital Strategy, Media Planning & Creative Solutions.
Finsbury Glover Hering is represented in the following locations: Abu Dhabi, Beijing, Berlin, Brussels, Dubai, Dublin, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt am Main, Hong Kong, London, Los Angeles, Munich, New York, Paris, Riyadh, Shanghai, Singapore, Tokyo, Washington D.C. and Zurich.
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