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WPP acquires US firm Public Strategies

LONDON - WPP has bought US-based corporate media and public relations firm Public Strategies.

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Founded in 1988 in Austin, Texas, the agency has seven other US offices and one in the UK in Buckinghamshire, employing a total of 175 staff.
Public Strategies specialises in issues management, which helps companies assess public opinion and risk. Its revenues for 2005 were $38.5m with net assets at closing of $2.3m.

WPP's other PR businesses include Hill & Knowlton, Burson-Marsteller, Finsbury, Ogilvy PR Worldwide and Cohn & Wolfe.

Ealier this week, WPP Group chief Sir Martin Sorrell faced the threat of a personal criminal defamation case from Marco Benatti, the former head of WPP in Italy.

The long-running dispute involving the two men is a reversal of a decision in April, when a judge said that Benatti could not move ahead legal proceedings against Sorrell.

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