Cicero Group becomes part of the AMO global strategic advisory network

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

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.

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.

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.”

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.”

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