Peppercomm Strategic Communications has acquired Walek & Associates, an independent financial, capital markets and investor relations firm.
The move combines Peppercomm’s full suite of integrated marketing and communications offerings, including creative design, digital, social media, experiential and strategic licensing, with Walek’s concentrated expertise in asset management, capital markets and investor relations.
The announcement comes on the heels of Peppercomm’s recent acquisition of Janine Gordon & Associates and the formation of JGAPeppercomm, a specialty group focused on the consumer lifestyle and non-profit sectors. Together, these two acquisitions are part of Peppercomm’s move to deepen the firm’s expertise in key areas to drive client success and business growth.
“As financial services companies and investor relations professionals grapple with the changing communications landscape, more than ever they need a partner with deep sector expertise who also understands and can execute across a multitude of communications channels,” says Edward Moed, co-founder and managing partner of Peppercomm. “In addition to adding an investor relations capability, WalekPeppercomm combines specific industry knowledge with a broad range of communications capabilities and a unique approach of listening to our clients’ audience first, last and always.”
The firms’ combined client experience includes such well-known firms as Pershing, EY (formerly Ernst & Young), Genworth Financial, the Financial Accounting Foundation, Provident Bank and Sterling National Bank, GFI Group, First Eagle Investment Management, New York Community Bank and CLSA.
“WalekPeppercomm will help clients understand the new landscape, meet the challenges of a fast-changing market, and prosper in this new environment,” says Thomas Walek, president of WalekPeppercomm. “We are excited to be part of an agency with such a broad array of capabilities and strong geographic footprint in the US and internationally. It is a terrific move for us and our clients.”