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Senior Associate, Beijing
“Communications is all about making sure the right content is delivered at the right time to the right people.”
“I work with clients to decide what they want to be known for, and then help them communicate that to the outside world.”
“Send a lot of emails, read replies, make a few calls, go to meetings, then send more email.”
Managing Director, New York
“Anticipate my clients’ problems and opportunities. Develop strategies to help accomplish their goals. Then get it done.”
BiographyAnya Bailey has extensive experience of working with global companies on their corporate communications and cross-border campaigns as well as reputation and issues management. Anya moved to Tokyo in 2006 where she joined Kreab Gavin Anderson, a PR agency focused on corporate and financial communications. Prior to her move to Tokyo, Anya spent almost a decade in London working in strategic corporate communications for Financial Dynamics (now part of FTI Consulting) as well as in-house at the London Stock Exchange. Previous clients have included defence contractors, technology companies, financial institutions and large retail organizations with cross-border assignments spanning Europe, Russia, the Middle East and Asia. Anya has a first-class honours degree in International Relations from the University of Leeds and a Masters (with Distinction) in Middle Eastern Politics and Economics from SOAS, University of London.
BiographyMichael Abrahams, a partner in the New York City office of Finsbury, is currently based in Amsterdam serving as the interim head of Global Communications for Royal Ahold N.V., one of the world’s largest food retailers. In this role, Michael oversees the company’s internal and external communications, investor relations and public affairs functions across Europe and the United States. He is also helping to manage communications for Ahold’s proposed US$30 billion merger with Brussels-based Delhaize Group. At Finsbury, Michael works with senior executives at companies across a range of industries on complicated reputation, litigation, financial and workplace issues. He has deep experience with major corporate crises in the U.S., Europe, Middle East and Asia as well as a range of high-profile special situations, including mergers and acquisitions, bankruptcies, union and activist campaigns, and CEO transitions. His work also includes an extensive focus on leadership strategy, social responsibility, stakeholder engagement, internal cultural change and outreach across digital, social and mobile platforms. In addition, he works closely with senior executives, board members and staff to help structure in-house communications operations for maximum impact. Michael previously worked in Washington, DC, overseeing communications for National Public Radio (NPR). He began his career in the political arena, managing grassroots legislative affairs for NPR, handling policy matters for a national trade association and serving with several political campaigns. Michael holds a B.A. from the University of Wisconsin and an M.A. in Politics and Public Policy from the Eagleton Institute of Politics at Rutgers University.
BiographyEd Adler is a Partner at Finsbury, where he represents clients in traditional and digital media, marketing, financial and professional services, entertainment, and tech. Ed has expertise in all aspects of corporate communications including reputation management, brand building, and crisis, internal, and financial communications. A highly respected communications professional, he managed global corporate communications at Time Warner Inc. before going on to build a successful strategic communications practice. Ed was EVP, Corporate Communications for Time Warner Inc. from 2004 to 2010. In a decades-long career at the company, Adler reported to three consecutive CEOs and supervised communications between the individual operating divisions advising on mergers, acquisitions and management shifts. He also provided expert solutions to corporate public crises and worked side-by-side with investor relations and public policy teams. Prior to that, he held several high-profile communications positions for the company and worked as a programming executive for HBO and as a reporter for Time magazine. A native New Yorker, he holds a B.A. from Vassar College and a M.A. in Journalism from NYU. He is on the board of the City Parks Foundation, the Vassar College President’s Advisory Committee and an honorary board member of New York Cares. He is listed in Who’s Who In America.
BiographyFaeth joined Finsbury soon after its formation. In her twenty years in communications and investor relations she has advised major corporates and high profile individuals on their business communications and managing their reputation. Faeth has particularly strong expertise in mergers and acquisition communications and has led a number of international contested transactions, capital raisings and reputation issues for Finsbury. Her current clients include Rio Tinto, SABMiller and Taylor Wimpey as well working with London's Air Ambulance to raise awareness of their work. Faeth is an honours graduate from St Andrews University.
BiographyStephanie Blank has worked with clients in health care, biotechnology, pharmaceutical, financial services and non-profit sectors. Her expertise includes thought leadership and media relations, executive positioning and reputation building programs that reach various constituencies, including the media, policymakers, and other key stakeholders. Prior to joining Finsbury in 2006, Ms. Blank was a Vice President Adam Friedman Associates, a boutique corporate and investor relations firm, where she focused on clients in a diverse set of industries such as automotive, financial services, construction, and the technology sector. Before that, she worked at Ruder Finn and Porter Novelli representing various health care clients. Ms. Blank lives in New York City and holds an M.A. in Journalism and Communications from the University of Florida and a B.A. from the University of South Florida.
BiographyAmanda Bonzo represents companies in health care, biotechnology, financial services, automotive and consumer goods. Her expertise includes corporate and brand reputation programs, issues and crisis management and strategic media campaigns. Amanda joined Finsbury in 2006 after three years with the United States Senate, where she was the Deputy Press Secretary for a senior U.S. Senator and Chairman of the Judiciary Committee. In this position, she managed all daily communications activities for the Washington, D.C. and seven state offices. Amanda is based in the New York office. She holds a bachelor’s degree in English from Penn State University.
BiographyJames has over two decades experience advising major international companies on a wide range of communication issues impacting reputation with the capital markets and other stakeholders. He joined Finsbury in 2011 after four years with Tulchan, and was previously at Brunswick for 20 years, including five years as the firm’s first Managing Partner. He has advised over 30 of the FTSE 100 including Shell, Unilever and InterContinental as well as international companies such as Vale, Linde and France Telecom.
BiographyDorothy joined Finsbury in 2008 and is currently Head of the Natural Resources team out of London, which serves our energy, utilities and mining clients. She has expertise across a variety of sectors including financial services, airlines, automotive and capital goods. She has worked on several M&A and IPO transactions including the IPOs of Glencore and Infinis, acquisition of Invensys by Schneider Electric and the Cadbury defense against Kraft. Prior to joining the company, she spent 6 years at Goldman Sachs working in the Investment Banking Division in both London and New York as well as the Firmwide Strategy Group where she focused on proprietary M&A transactions, new business development and Board communications. Dorothy holds a Bachelors and Masters degree in business from Florida A&M University and is a dual British and American citizen.
BiographyAshley Carlton specializes in strategic communication and reputation-building programs for clients in the entertainment, finance, automotive, education and technology fields. In this capacity, she works to advance clients’ business goals through the implementation of proactive communications strategies targeting various constituencies, including the media, policymakers, employees and other stakeholders. Prior to joining Finsbury, Ashley worked at Washington Partners, a government and public relations firm. In her role there, Ashley represented both non-profit and for-profit clients, serving as a liaison between them and members of Congress and their staff, the Administration, and other stakeholders. She also specialized in education policy, grassroots advocacy, and event planning.
BiographyScott joined Finsbury in 2009, having previously been Head of Group Public Affairs at BAA Airports Ltd. Scott started his career as an advisor to shadow minister Nigel Waterson MP, before working as a campaigns specialist at Conservative HQ under three Party Leaders. Before joining BAA, he was a senior consultant at a global communications firm and an elected representative on Reigate and Banstead Borough Council. In 2011 Scott published his first book, the award-winning How to Use Politicians to Get What You Want. Scott is also Campaign Director for Legacy10, a charity supported by UK Prime Minister, and an adviser on dementia to the Secretary of State for Health.
BiographyJenny joined Finsbury in 2011 from the Sunday Times, where she was City editor. Jenny heads the Consumer team at Finsbury and her current clients include J Sainsbury and Darty plc. Her other clients include RBS, Experian and Quintain. During four years at the Sunday Times she built up detailed knowledge of the consumer sector, covering retail and private equity alongside commercial property. Prior to the Sunday Times, Jenny spent five years at The Times newspaper covering banking and property. She started her career at Property Week magazine. Jenny graduated from the University of Oxford, where she read English.
BiographyMike Dolan specializes in providing strategic communications counsel on crisis management, litigation and legal issues, government investigations and regulatory matters, and executive transitions for clients in the automotive, energy, healthcare, media, and financial services industries. Since joining Finsbury in 2008, he has helped develop and execute multiple high-profile communications campaigns involving significant business, financial and reputational issues. Previously, Mike served in various communications and development roles at several domestic and internationally-focused non-profit organizations, including the Children’s Defense Fund. Mike received his B.A. and M.A. in Philosophy from Fordham University.
BiographyWill Edgar specializes in strategic communications and crisis management, helping clients navigate complex and sensitive issues including litigation communications, executive transitions, public policy and regulatory matters, government investigations, investor relations and transaction communications. He is also experienced in developing and implementing large-scale, proactive corporate reputation initiatives and stakeholder engagement programs. Current and former clients include a broad range of organizations, such as financial services, automotive, energy, and other companies, as well as academic and non-profit institutions. Prior to joining Finsbury, Mr. Edgar served in a variety of government and political communications roles, including as an aide to then-Senator Hillary Clinton’s 2008 Presidential campaign, with responsibilities that included crisis communications messaging, strategy, and response. He also served as Press Secretary to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, as a communications aide to former President Bill Clinton at the William J. Clinton Foundation, and in various capacities on other national, state and local campaigns. Mr. Edgar is a graduate of Williams College in Massachusetts, where he earned a B.A. in Mathematics and Art.
BiographySara Evans has more than 10 years extensive experience providing communications strategies and support for some of the world’s leading companies in the U.S., UK and key international markets. Sara joined Finsbury in 2011. She led the financial services team in London for two years before moving to New York, developing and implementing communications strategies with a particular focus on business media and investor relations for high profile financial transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, IPOs, and operational and financial restructurings, management transitions, corporate governance matters and legal and regulatory affairs. Prior to joining Finsbury, she was at Lloyds Banking Group for more than six years. While in the Group's media relations team, she worked on a range of issues through the financial crisis and managed communications activity surrounding the bank's recapitalization following Lloyds TSB's acquisition of Halifax Bank of Scotland.
BiographyStuart Fischer, who joined the firm in 1994, provides communications advice to senior executives regarding crisis and issues management, media relations, major transactions and business developments, executive transitions, employee communications, labor and employment issues, and strategic positioning. His experience spans many industries: media and entertainment, professional services, health care, retail (including mobile payments and electronic retail), education, and not-for-profits. Previously, Stuart was at Geto & de Milly, a New York communications and government relations firm. He has held communications positions with CBS News; the City of New York; and U.S. Rep. Peter A. Peyser (R/D-NY). Stuart serves on the Board of Trustees of NYSCI (The New York Hall of Science) and was Chairman of the Board of Metropolitan Montessori School in Manhattan for eight years. Stuart is a graduate of Colgate University (B.A., philosophy). He lives in Manhattan with his lovely bride, Jeanette. He is an avid outdoorsman. Recently published by Stuart Fischer: • The Man Who Saved Museums – Scientific American (with Ned Potter) • Thoughts on Storytelling – Huffington Post
BiographyRebecca Fitchett joined Finsbury’s Los Angeles office in 2017. She previously spent five years in the firm’s London office, where she co-headed the UK technology, media and telecommunications (TMT) sector team. She specializes in financial communications, crisis communications, corporate reputation building and litigation support, and has advised clients including Sky, NTT DoCoMo, RELX Group, Nokia, Millicom, Rio Tinto, Vedanta Resources and several late stage private tech companies including Ring and Trainline. Her transactional and capital markets experience includes Rio Tinto’s defense against Glencore’s takeover approach, Sky’s acquisition of Sky Deutschland and Sky Italia, the merger of Holcim and Lafarge and the IPO of ConvaTec. Rebecca is also part of Finsbury’s Digital team, advising on corporate online and social media strategies. Prior to joining Finsbury, Rebecca spent four years as a solicitor at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, specializing in antitrust litigation. She holds a law degree from the University of Oxford and is qualified as a solicitor in England & Wales.
BiographyHugo is an Principal in Finsbury’s Political & Regulatory team, having joined the company in 2003. He advises clients on a range of UK and EU policy and regulatory issues, specialising in the transport, media and financial services sectors. His broad experience includes advising BAA, Bombardier, FirstGroup, DMGT, Experian, and Universal Music. Projects at Finsbury have included developing and implementing a new public affairs strategy at a FTSE 50 international company, the award-winning Campaign for Crossrail, helping to secure the Government’s new measures against music piracy and advising on the public affairs aspects of cross-border M&A transactions. Previously he worked in the UK Houses of Parliament as a Researcher for current Northern Ireland Minister, Rt Hon Andrew Robathan MP. He is a politics graduate from Newcastle University.
BiographyPatrick joined the company in 1996 and is Chief Financial Officer. Prior to 1996, he was Treasurer and Vice President of the non-profit Paley Center for Media and previously served as Financial Secretary to William S. Paley, the founder of CBS. Patrick started his career as an auditor with Arthur Andersen & Co in New York City. Patrick is a director of the William S. Paley Foundation, The Greenpark Foundation, and Madison Square Boys & Girls Club. He holds a B.A. in Accounting from Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.
BiographyWith more than 20 years of experience, Chris Gee has provided digital and social media counsel — particularly in the areas of issues and crisis — to clients from a variety of industries including financial services, technology, energy, food and beverage and healthcare. Chris was most recently Managing Director and Head of Digital Strategy for Burson-Marsteller’s Corporate & Financial Practice, where he advised clients like Walgreens, Colgate-Palmolive, Nestlé Waters, ExxonMobil, The Ford Motor Company and MassMutual. While with Burson, he led numerous digital marketing campaigns and led crisis scenario-planning sessions along with social media war rooms. Prior to joining Burson, Chris had been a digital leader within other agencies like RF Binder, where he provided counsel to a variety of clients including: Chubb, UBS, The Coca-Cola Company, McDonald’s, CVS Health, Cracker Barrel and Dow Chemical. Chris has also been instrumental in helping organizations craft influencer marketing campaigns as well as online reputation management programs. Chris also advises various technology startups and teaches Influencer Marketing courses at General Assembly, a New York-based education company which hosts online and in-person courses on topics such as Web development, digital marketing and data science. He holds a BFA in Graphic Design from The University of the Arts.
BiographyBarney Gimbel draws from his experience in investment banking, journalism and government to advise clients on communications strategies in a wide range of financial, corporate and crisis situations. Before joining Finsbury, Barney was a director with Hannam & Partners, the London-based merchant bank, where he founded the firm’s sovereign advisory practice and advised clients on transactions in the natural resources and transportation sectors. Prior to investment banking, Barney worked for the U.S. Department of Defense as special assistant to Deputy Under Secretary of Defense Paul A. Brinkley, who led the Pentagon’s economic stabilization efforts in Iraq and Afghanistan. Barney traveled extensively to Iraq and Afghanistan to help run the program’s foreign direct investment initiatives, coordinate intra-government relations and manage the team’s media relations program. After government service, he returned to Iraq to help set up a Pritzker Organization investment fund that built businesses in that country’s oilfield and transportation sectors. Barney began his professional life as a journalist, first with Newsweek and then with Fortune. He holds a master’s degree in journalism from Columbia University and bachelor’s degree in political science from Emory University.
BiographyMatthew Glasser is a Director at Finsbury, where he represents clients in the financial services, energy and non-profit sectors, among others. Since joining Finsbury in 2012, Matthew has advised clients in strategic communication matters that include crisis management, regulatory issues, litigation support, M&A transactions, IR support, executive transitions and general brand positioning. Prior to joining Finsbury, Matthew spent more than three years as a corporate paralegal at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP, a leading global law firm. There he supported transactions for the firm’s M&A, Banking and Finance, and Capital Markets teams. Matthew graduated from Columbia University in 2008 with a Bachelor’s degree in English Literature.
BiographyKal Goldberg is a Partner at Finsbury, and leads the firm’s U.S. Capital Markets and Transactions Practice. He advises managements and boards on communications strategies across a wide variety of domestic and cross-border M&A, IPO, restructuring, shareholder activism, litigation and crisis situations. Recent representations include Tribune Media Company in its acquisition by Sinclair Broadcasting Group; Praxair, Inc. in its merger with Linde AG; SABMiller in its merger with AB InBev; Ball Corporation in its merger with Rexam plc and Alliance Boots in its “Step Two” merger with Walgreens. Other engagements include advising American Suzuki Motor Corporation in its U.S. restructuring and NYMEX, FXall and RiskMetrics on their IPOs. Transactions led by Kal have received wide industry recognition, including “Deal of the Year” from M&A Advisor and “IPO of the Year” from IR Magazine. Kal was previously a Senior Managing Director in FTI Consulting’s strategic communications segment. Prior to FTI, Kal was an investment banker with Avalon Group and was previously a senior member of Hill & Knowlton’s corporate and financial practice. Kal holds an MBA in finance from NYU’s Stern School of Business and is a graduate of Washington University in St. Louis, MO.
BiographyKerry Golds is a Managing Director at Finsbury, with eight years of experience providing financial and strategic communications counsel to companies and organizations across all sectors. She specializes in complex cross-border assignments, with a focus on transactions and other special situations, such as executive transitions, regulatory matters and litigation. While based in New York, she has provided extensive on-the-ground support to clients in Europe and the Middle East, including an extended assignment in Finsbury’s Dubai office. Her transactional engagements include advising Ahold on its merger with Delhaize and Walgreens Boots Alliance on its acquisition of Rite Aid. Kerry graduated summa cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania with a B.A. in Comparative Literature and Literary Theory and a minor in Hispanic Studies.
BiographyAnastasia joined Finsbury in 2010. She has 15 years of experience in financial communications, working across a broad range of sectors and supporting some of the biggest capital markets transactions. Anastasia is co-Head of Finsbury’s Natural Resources team, she advises a range of public and private European companies and has strong expertise in reputation management. Before moving to financial PR, Anastasia had a career in broadcast journalism. She was a presenter and editor of business and current affairs programmes at the Russian Service BBC in London, prior to which she worked as a presenter and correspondent for Radio Free Europe/ Radio Liberty in Moscow. Anastasia is a graduate of Lomonosov Moscow State University and the University of Westminster (UK).
BiographyJohn joined Finsbury’s Political and Regulatory Practice in 2006. Prior to this he worked for six years as senior aide to a Labour MP in the House of Commons. John specialises in advising clients operating in the financial services, energy, mining and leisure sectors, and on the public affairs aspects of competition policy where he has advised on a range of high-profile M&A transactions, including the £8.7bn merger between Thomson Corporation and Reuters Group and the £80bn approach for Rio Tinto by BHP Billiton. Along with his background in UK and EU politics, John has also worked on election campaigns for the Democrats in the US at both Presidential and Congressional level. In 2009, he received the Consultant of the Year award, chosen from across Finsbury’s global public affairs network, FIPRA. Educated at the University of Leeds, John holds a degree in History and a Masters degree in International Political Economy.
BiographyMichael J. Gross, Vice Chairman of Finsbury, has extensive experience in managing corporate, financial, and crisis communications programs for a broad range of corporate and institutional clients. Michael has developed and implemented communications strategies for a number of complex financial transactions, as well as crises including environmental problems, anti-trust and patent litigation, government investigations, regulatory issues, labor disputes, and product recalls. His experience also extends to CEO positioning, advocacy advertising, and strategic philanthropy. Prior to joining RLM in 1989, he was a Managing Director of Adams & Rinehart, a strategic communications firm; worked for several years at Mobil Corporation in public relations and finance; and was an advertising account executive with Doyle Dane Bernbach. Michael has a B.A. in philosophy from Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut, an M.A. in creative writing from City College of New York, and an M.B.A. in finance from New York University.
BiographyAmy Gross is a Principal at Finsbury, where she specializes in developing and implementing public relations campaigns and communications programs for clients in a variety of industries including financial services, health care, nonprofit, technology and media. She has been a member of the firm since 1999. Amy counsels clients on a range of communications strategies incorporating digital and traditional media relations, executive visibility strategies and thought leadership programs. Amy also provides media and presentation training to help senior executives and spokespersons improve their ability to convey key messages in a variety of situations. Prior to joining Finsbury, Amy worked for the Penguin Group where she coordinated national book tours and media campaigns for hardcover and paperback titles from the Viking and Penguin imprints. Prior to that, she worked at Putnam Berkley Inc. where she managed special sales and event logistics for in-store author signings. Amy holds a B.A. in English from Haverford College.
BiographySeth is a highly accomplished and performance-focused communications professional who has been operating in the Middle East for 10 years. In that time, he has provided strategic counsel to governments, ministers and many of the world’s leading brands. In addition to his work in the Middle East, Seth also has extensive experience in delivering projects in Sub Saharan Africa and has successfully delivered projects in Angola, Kenya, Nigeria, Mozambique, Rwanda and South Africa. An expert in media training and crisis communications, Seth has a reputation for delivering highly effective training programmes at C-suite level across the region.
BiographyMinako joined Finsbury in 2019 from J.P. Morgan where she served as Head of Marketing & Communications in Japan. She was previously a partner at Kreab Gavin Anderson where she led the financial communications practice and advised on more than 50 M&A and capital market deals between 2002 and 2013. She also managed a number of corporate reputation and issue management situations. She previously worked with Dresdner Kleinwort Wasserstein, initially in equity research, and later moving to investment banking covering general industry and privatization projects. This followed earlier positions at the Embassy of Switzerland in Tokyo, Morgan Stanley and Jardine Fleming. She translated the book “Burst of Yen Bubble” and passed the US CPA exam. She graduated from Tsuda University, where she majored in International Relations. Currently she is an adviser to “Social Investment Partners” which manages Japan’s first venture philanthropy fund and “Music Dialogue” which develops young musicians and educates audiences through chamber music.
BiographyRollo joined Finsbury in 2000 and has over twenty-one years of agency financial and corporate communications experience, gained in both London and New York. He has worked across a wide range of clients, sectors and geographies. Rollo has significant corporate reputation, transactional and crisis communications experience. Rollo started his career at Lehman Brothers International where he obtained the relevant UK and US securities qualifications and is a graduate of Edinburgh University.
BiographyAmanda joined Finsbury in 2012 and advises on corporate, financial and crisis communications for FTSE 350 and Fortune 500 companies, particularly across the TMT and consumer sectors. She has a range of capital markets experience including the 21st Century Fox and Comcast offers for Sky, SoftBank’s acquisition of ARM Holdings, SABMiller’s takeover defence against AB InBev and the Walgreens-Alliance Boots merger. Her pro bono work includes the Equality FC campaign for gender pay equality. Amanda holds a Masters degree from Oxford University and a Bachelor’s degree from Boston College.
BiographyBefore joining in 2012, David worked for four years in 10 Downing Street. Specialising in economics, finance and foreign policy, David’s role included preparing Gordon Brown and then David Cameron every week for Prime Minister’s Questions in the House of Commons. He coordinated advice for European Councils and acted as David Cameron’s Private Secretary during his first budget. David spent two earlier years in HM Treasury, first as the Principal Private Secretary in the Office of Government Commerce and then as Head of EU Competition, Regulation & Enterprise. Prior to that, David was a Special Adviser to Ministers in Australia on economics, education and the environment. He was the President of Australia’s National Union of Students and he graduated from Melbourne University, combining degrees in Arts (with an additional honours research year in politics) and Commerce (economics & finance). David is a Vice Chair of Business for New Europe.
BiographyAlastair joined Finsbury in 2011, to establish the firm’s Asia business. As a specialist in advising on high profile M&A, IPO and crisis situations, he has rapidly built an exceptional team with deep local expertise and a strong track record. In 2012, its first full year of operation in the region, Finsbury was named FT/Mergermarket Asia-Pacific M&A Awards - PR Firm of the Year. Alastair’s past and present clients in Asia include: Air China, AIA, Allianz, BNY Mellon, Blackrock, China Gas, China Unicom, Coca-Cola, Galaxy Entertainment Group, Khazanah, The Korea Exchange, Lotte Shopping, MAN, New World, OCBC, Singapore Exchange, SinoChem, Sinosteel, Sung Hung Kai Properties and Volkswagen Group. Prior to Finsbury, Alastair spent more than a decade at Financial Dynamics in London, Greece and Hong Kong, ultimately running the firm’s Asia business. Alastair is a permanent resident of Hong Kong.
BiographyTheo has over a decade of communications experience advising corporate, government and non-profit organisations. He joined Finsbury in November 2009, helping to grow its Middle East and Africa operations, advising on financial, investor and corporate communications for clients including Mubadala, The Abraaj Group and Morgan Stanley. During his time in the region, he has worked across a wide range of industries including financial services, real estate, automotive and hospitality, as well as advising on cross-border M&A transactions, IPOs and financial restructurings. Prior to joining Finsbury, he held communication roles in London for Citi and Maggie’s Cancer Caring Centres.
BiographyPaul Holmes, CEO, North America, advises clients in areas including strategic and crisis communications, litigation support, public policy, regulatory issues and governance matters. He joined Finsbury in 2007 and has represented several of the world’s largest companies in the financial services, media, retail, transportation, insurance and health care sectors, among others. Before joining the firm, Paul had a long and successful career in international journalism. He has worked in more than 50 countries, covering conflict, politics and business. He was the Political and General News Editor at Reuters for five years. Paul is a co-author of four books on international affairs and an Ethics Fellow of the Poynter Institute of Journalism Studies in St. Petersburg, Florida. He speaks fluent French, German and Italian and holds a Bachelor’s degree in modern languages from the University of Exeter in the UK.
BiographyCraig Horowitz is a Partner at Finsbury where he has represented clients in the health care, media, technology, transportation, and real estate sectors. His areas of expertise include crisis management, public policy and regulatory matters, executive transitions, community relations, employee communications, litigation support, and labor campaigns. Craig joined Finsbury in 2009, after a long career as an award-winning journalist with New York Magazine, where he was one of the city's best-known reporters, covering politics, public policy, crime, and health care. He also has reported extensively from the Middle East and served as a senior writer at People magazine. Craig has been a guest lecturer at Columbia's Graduate School of Journalism and NYU's Graduate School of Journalism, as well as a regular commentator on television and radio. His writing has been included in many anthologies, most recently in The Best American Crime Writing 2005 (HarperCollins).
BiographyRowley Hudson joined Finsbury in 2010 and is Team Leader for the Industrials Team. His current clients include Statoil, Compass Group, Enel and Carillion. Rowley’s transactional experience includes the merger of Glencore and Xstrata and the listing of Coca-Cola HBC on the London Stock Exchange. Prior to joining Finsbury, he worked at the Financial Times for two years and at RCS Mediagroup in Milan for eighteen months. Rowley holds a BA Honours degree in Modern European Languages and Literature from the University of Durham and speaks French and Italian.
BiographyAndrew joined Finsbury in 2012 from the Financial Services Authority. At the FSA, he supervised a range of international banks, including Deutsche Bank, specialising in capital and liquidity risk management. Andrew advises a number of major financial institutions and investment firms including Qatar Investment Authority, Royal Bank of Scotland and Alpha Bank. Andrew holds a First Class Honours degree in Economics from The University of Manchester.
BiographyClaudia Kosser is a Director in Hong Kong and advises clients from various sectors in corporate communications and strategic positioning, as well as in M&A-transactions and crisis situations. Having worked with HERING SCHUPPENER from Frankfurt for six years prior to joining Finsbury in 2017, she is an expert on communications in both regions, Europe and Asia. In this position, she led the China Desk of the firm and co-authored a survey on best-practice communication of German companies in China. Her experience in various cross-border M&A- and capital market transactions and crisis situations covers various sectors, e.g. industrials as well as the tech, real estate and financial industry and various regions, such as Asia, Europe and the United States. Claudia holds a Master in Communication Management from Leipzig University (GER) and a Bachelor degree in European Studies from the University of Maastricht (NL) and the Science Politiques Rennes (F). Claudia is fluent in English and German and has conversational knowledge of French and Dutch.
BiographyGuy works with clients across a wide range of industries. Prior to joining Finsbury Guy spent 15 years as an equity analyst at a number of banks including Goldman Sachs and JPMorgan Cazenove. Guy has a degree in PPE from Oxford and qualified as an accountant at Arthur Andersen.
BiographyPeter Land is a partner specializing in the convergence of consumer marketing and corporate reputation. He has 30 years of experience across all areas of communications. Peter previously served as the global head of corporate communications at AOL, where he had responsibility for all global internal and external communications for the company and its brands. Prior to AOL, he held senior communications positions at PepsiCo, the world’s largest food and beverage company. At both companies, Peter worked on a number of strategic acquisitions and partnered with investor relations and public policy teams. After beginning his career as a reporter and editor with the Washington Post, Peter shifted into the world of marketing and communications. He has held senior marketing positions with Kraft Foods in Europe and was the CMO of the Breeders’ Cup. As Director of Marketing Communications for the NBA from 1993-98, Peter led communications efforts for the league’s sponsors, licensees and broadcast partners. He also helped launch the WNBA and managed communications for the NBA’s philanthropic activities. He left the NBA to join Edelman in 1998 and became a global managing director. During his nearly 10-year career at Edelman, he ran multiple practice areas (consumer, multicultural, sports, entertainment and sponsorship) and has vast experience with nearly every major sports and entertainment property. He also managed several major crises and global corporate reputation campaigns. A native of New London, Conn., Peter has a B.A. from Duke. He is an adjunct professor at the Stern NYU School of Business and has taught sports and entertainment marketing classes at several leading universities. He serves on the marketing advisory boards of DoSomething and the JCC of Manhattan and the executive committee of UJA Sports for Youth. Peter is an avid runner and lives in New York with his wife Michele, three children, one dog and one fish.
BiographyTrung Le Thanh joined Finsbury in Hong Kong in August 2017 and leads Finsbury’s digital operations across Asia. He has a decade of experience in digital marketing and communications in Europe and Asia. He specialises in digital advertising, branded content and digital strategy development and has worked across a wide range of sectors. In Asia he has led global media sales teams developing new business and revenue streams for HYPERBEAST, a global fashion and culture media platform. Prior to joining Finsbury he helped with Colgate-Palmolive Asia’s digital transformation advising the group on digital integration across retail, marketing and internal operations. In Europe he has worked with major consumer brands such as ING, BNP Paribas Fortis, Deutsche Bank, Samsung, and eBay driving their strategic digital partnerships. Trung graduated from the Free University Brussels with a Masters in Communications Sciences specialising in Globalization & New Media. He is fluent in English, Dutch, French, and speaks conversational Vietnamese and German.
BiographyNick Leasure is a director on Finsbury's Capital Markets and Transactions Practice. He advises companies involved in a range of situations, including friendly and contested M&A, shareholder activism defense, restructuring, crisis situations and ongoing investor relations. Assignments include:
- M&A: Express Scripts in its pending acquisition by Cigna, McDermott in its combination with CB&I and defense against interloper Subsea 7, Aviragen in its merger with Vaxart that was contested by the CAS Group, Takeda in its proposed acquisition of Shire, Norfolk Southern in its takeover defense against Canadian Pacific, Family Dollar in its acquisition by Dollar Tree that was contested by Dollar General and Elliott Management, Smithfield in its acquisition by the WH Group that was contested by Starboard Value, and US Airways in its merger with American Airlines.
- Shareholder Activism: Credit Suisse (RBR Advisors), Arconic and Citrix (Elliott Management), Buffalo Wild Wings (Marcato), Ultratech (Neuberger Berman), Volcano Corp and AeroVironment (Engaged Capital), Herbalife and Canadian Pacific (Pershing Square) and Depomed and AOL (Starboard Value). In addition, Nick has assisted a number of companies in activism preparedness exercises.
- Restructuring: Appvion in its Chapter 11 restructuring and subsequent 363 sale to Franklin Advisers, Savient Pharmaceuticals in its 363 sale to Crealta Pharmaceuticals, Patriot Coal in its original Chapter 11 restructuring and TerraForm Power and TerraForm Global during the SunEdison Chapter 11 process.