StockWell and Holloway & Associates Announce Merger

27th March 2013

Leaders in strategic communications join forces to create London-based, international partnership focused on reputation management

London, 27 March 2013. StockWell Communications LLP (“StockWell”) and R Holloway & Associates Limited (“Holloway & Associates”) announce that they have agreed to combine their respective businesses to create a leading London-based consultancy with outstanding credentials in reputation management and strategic communications advice under the StockWell brand.

The transaction combines two similar-sized advisory firms with extensive boardroom experience, a common focus on reputation management and international reach and perspective. The enlarged firm currently advises 40+ clients in a dozen countries.

The new firm will be led by Managing Partners Tim Burt, Philip Gawith and Richard Holloway who will head a team of 20 consultants with proven strength and depth in reputation management; boardroom strategic communications counsel; financial and transaction communications; media relations (analogue, digital and social); corporate communications; crisis management; and litigation support.

The enlarged StockWell is focused on helping clients promote and protect their reputations with investors and society in an environment transformed by digital and social media.

Tim Burt and Philip Gawith, StockWell Managing Partners, said: “We are delighted to be teaming up with Holloway & Associates. Richard is one of the most accomplished and experienced advisers practising in the London market and has built a high-quality business, both in terms of people and clients. This combination brings together a powerful mix of experience, allied to product, geographic and sector strengths.”

Richard Holloway, Managing Partner of Holloway & Associates, said: “I’ve known both Philip and Tim for many years and have always admired their work and the way they go about it. Bringing our two teams together represents a wonderful opportunity to build a new firm under the StockWell name capable of providing clients with innovative, informed and balanced advice and one that will ensure an exciting, challenging and rewarding environment in which our people can work.”

StockWell was founded in 2010 by Tim Burt and Philip Gawith and has rapidly established a strong reputation as a leader in the provision of trusted advice to companies around the world, working on some of the most high-profile mandates to have arisen during the period.

Holloway & Associates was founded in 2002 by Richard Holloway and Laura Gilbert specifically to provide international clients with high-quality strategic communications advice, in particular in relation to engagement with the London-based financial community. Over the years Holloway & Associates’ consultants have developed acknowledged expertise in a range of important territories including the CEE, French, Greek, Italian, Russian and Swiss markets, while their deep UK knowledge and experience has also seen them continue to work with UK companies.

StockWell’s three Managing Partners will own a combined majority stake in the enlarged StockWell Group. Iceni Capital Partners (“Iceni”), StockWell’s original financial backers, will be a significant minority shareholder in the firm and Julian Hanson-Smith, a Partner at Iceni, will continue in the role of Chairman at the new firm.

Hanson-Smith said: “This transaction creates a compelling new force in the communications advisory world and we are delighted to be supporting the continued growth of StockWell.”