ICR News & Insights

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What’s the Secret to Being a Top Professional Service Brand?

By Elyse Blazey Gentile and Phil Denning

How do the top law firms, accounting firms, management consulting firms and executive search firms differentiate themselves from the masses? Do they do so by providing high-quality work, or by becoming subject matter experts? Is the key criteria solving client problems, or establishing strong relationships? The answer is yes – to all of the above. Leaders find what they do that is special and unique that breaks them out of the crowd to stand alone...


ICR Publishes Q2 2019 SPAC Update

Q2 SPAC Issuance Outpaces Q1 as Institutional Investor Appetite Continues to Grow NEW YORK – August 6, 2019 – ICR, a leading strategic communications and advisory firm, today released its Q2 2019 SPAC update. Nearly 80 public SPACs globally hold more than $20 billion in cash and have not yet completed acquisitions. In the second quarter of 2019 alone, 16 SPACs raised approximately $4 billion, exceeding Q1 issuance of more than $3 billion. “Investors are...


The Changing World of Investor Outreach: An Evolving Landscape

By Evelyn Infurna & Nikki Sacks

Investor outreach methodologies and strategies are changing at a rapid clip.  Regulatory changes owing to MIFID-II are restructuring traditional interactions between issuers and investors, and the frequency of passive and quantitative investing strategies is shifting investor influence to a growing class of shareholders that have a very different approach, as well as limited capacity to meet with management teams to hear their stories. The rise of “impact” or ESG investing has added an additional layer...


Talking SPAC to the Press

By Kevin McLaughlin

A PR Guide to properly promoting your Special Purpose Acquisition Company (SPAC) deal to the media While the Special Purpose Acquisition Company (SPAC) originally took form in the 1990s, there has been a surge of interest in the last few years, especially. In fact, more than 70 public SPACs hold approximately $20 billion in cash and have not yet completed acquisitions. In the first quarter of 2019 alone, 14 SPACs raised over $3 billion, almost...


ICR Hires Marisa Frackman to Bolster Healthcare Capital Markets Advisory Team

Former Wells Fargo Securities Executive Brings More Than 15 Years of ECM Experience New York, NY – June 17, 2019 – ICR, a leading strategic communications and advisory firm, announced today that it has named Marisa Frackman as Managing Director, Capital Markets in the firm’s healthcare practice which operates under the Westwicke brand. “Marisa’s strong origination and execution experience during her healthcare equity capital markets career will build upon the great success we have already...