APCO Makes Two Major Acquisitions: Gagen MacDonald and Camarco

April 4, 2023: APCO recently acquired two outstanding companies: Gagen MacDonald and Camarco. Bringing these firms into APCO broadens their ability to provide a full suite of advisory services that help clients navigate the challenges of today and strengthen their organizations for the future. Here is some more about them and what this means for you:

Gagen MacDonald is a human-focused transformation consulting firm that has been an APCO partner for more than two decades. The Gagen team excels in understanding people, company culture and helping businesses achieve organizational change. Led by Maril MacDonald and headquartered in Chicago, the team of more than 60 seasoned advisors joining APCO will help to stimulate deeper insights and solutions for clients and enable them to accelerate positive change and transformation.

With the acquisition, Gagen MacDonald will operate as a wholly owned subsidiary of APCO, led by Maril as its CEO. Additionally, APCO is excited to have her join its Global Leadership Team and Board of Directors.

Camarco is a leading London-based financial communications firm that helps clients communicate their strategic priorities, financial performance and decision-making to shareholders, analysts and the financial media. Based in London and led by founding partners Geoffrey Pelham-Lane, Ed Gascoigne-Pees and Billy Clegg, Camarco’s 40+ strong team of client-facing experts includes specialists in accountancy, banking, broking, asset management, litigation and journalism.

APCO’s plan is to leverage its global presence and expand the capital markets advisory capability that Camarco brings. Whilst anchored in London—APCO’s plan is to take the Camarco team’s financial PR capabilities to other leading economic centers. The focus initially is on New York and Dubai. Together, APCO and Camarco will deliver end-to-end advisory and advocacy services for global clients and provide support throughout the lifecycle of corporate transactions—from inception through regulatory approvals and from change management to integration. They will help companies navigate the critical areas of financial reporting, ESG reporting, IPOs, mergers and corporate restructuring assignments.

Additionally, APCO added two senior advisers with significant M&A and competition expertise. New colleagues, Cecilio Madero and Rachel Brandenburger, bring deep expertise and insights to meet a global business need. Their impressive bios are hyperlinked and illustrate their knowledge of the regulatory landscape in Brussels, Washington, D.C., London and other key markets around the world. They bring wide experience of key sectors including tech, entertainment, health and energy. They have been on the frontlines as regulators and practitioners representing global companies on critical antitrust and competition matters.

APCO is excited to share these developments and investments as it is more important than ever to provide their clients with the full range of advisory services at a time of such complexity in the world and when stakeholder understanding carries through the range of corporate activities. APCO looks forward to bringing this new expertise to bear for their clients and sharing the innovation they bring to APCO and the industry in the years ahead.

Please reach out at any time to learn more about how APCO can provide you with the insights and actions to successfully advance your business objectives.