5 October 2012

H+K Strategies Named the Best Transaction Advisors - PR and Marketing for 2012

NAIROBI, 5 October 2012 – Hill+Knowlton Strategies East Africa has been named the Transaction Advisor of the Year – PR and Marketing – in this year’s Think Business Capital Markets Awards. The panel of judges unanimously awarded the agency for its role in managing top financial transactions ranging from IPOs to Rights Issues to Listings.
Think Business Managing Director Ochieng Oloo said that the judges were impressed with the level of expertise that the agency has applied while managing financial transactions.

“Hill+Knowlton Strategies portrayed excellent use of communications and issues management in bringing to a successful close various transactions in divers sectors of the economy,” said Ochieng

Hill+Knowlton Strategies East Africa, a joint venture between Scangroup Limited and Hill+Knowlton Strategies, runs an extensive financial services practice that manages a wide range of financial transaction projects in banking, insurance and investor relations.

“Hill+Knowlton Strategies East Africa has carved a niche in financial communications having worked on several high-profile Initial Public Offers and Right Issues. We have helped our clients raise KES 44.5 billion between 2006 and 2012, and this amount is bound to rise by the end of this year as we complete ongoing transactions,” said Alexander Doll, Managing Director of H+K East Africa.

Doll also said that H+K has become a financial communications powerhouse and that the company will continue to strengthen the financial practice through training and research to enhance the level of counsel the agency is providing to financial clients. 

Some of the key transactions H+K has managed include:

IPOs: Kenya RE, British American Investment Company, Scangroup and currently working on Umeme cross border IPO.

Rights Issue: TPS Serena Hotels, KPLC, Standard Chartered Bank, NIC Bank, CfC Stanbic, KCB

Bonds: Athi River Mining, Deacons

“We made a conscious decision as Scangroup to invest in specialized expertise to enhance our approach in managing the diverse needs of our clients across sub Saharan Africa, and this recognition is proof that the approach has been successful,” said Bharat Thakrar, Group CEO, Scangroup.

Hill+Knowlton Strategies East Africa Ltd covers Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda and Tanzania and is headquartered in Nairobi. Some of its other corporate clients include Kenya Bankers Association, Nokia, Emirates Airline, Coca-Cola, Nestlé, P&G, Britam, MasterCard, StarTimes Media, Airtel and South African Tourism, among others.