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Manning, Selvage Acquires L.A. Firm

February 06, 2001|Ana Beatriz Cholo

Public relations firm Manning, Selvage & Lee has acquired Los Angeles-based corporate and investor-relations firm Pondel/Wilkinson Group. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Roger Pondel, president of the Pondel/Wilkinson Group, said the merger was complementary to both firms. With 29 MS&L offices based in major metropolitan areas of the U.S. and around the world, the acquisition is expected to broaden the New York-based firm's position and capability in the financial communications field. Both companies focus primarily on the consumer, health-care, technology, corporate and financial services sectors. MS&L clients include J.P Morgan, General Motors, Capital One and IBM, among others. Pondel/Wilkinson will operate as a wholly owned subsidiary under the name PondelWilkinson MS&L and will serve as MS&L's investor-relations branch. Roger Pondel will become managing director of the investor-relations practice and co-founder Cecilia Wilkinson will become deputy.

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