Hanover buys up Bell Pottinger's Middle East operations
Charles Lewington's agency now has 139 staff across Europe.
Hanover has acquired Bell Pottinger's Middle East operations to bring 14 consultants to its EMEA team.
The firm run by Charles Lewington has won the bidding war to sign an agreement to acquire the shares of Bell Pottinger Middle East in Dubai and its operating licence in Abu Dhabi.
Unsurprisingly, the Bell Pottinger name is being discarded in favour of Hanover Middle East.
The acquisition for an undisclosed fee will take Hanover’s 2018 fee income to over £20 million, a spokesman said. The agency, founded in 1998 as Media Strategy, now has 139 staff across Europe including 20 in the Middle East operation. It has offices in London, Brussels, Dublin and Dubai.
Bell Pottinger Middle East was not involved in the controversy that led to the collapse of the UK business and has traded through the affair under the leadership of long-serving regional managing director Archie Berens, who now moves across to Hanover. However Bell Pottinger Middle East managing director Tim Falconer recently left the firm for Teneo.
Lewington said: "Bell Pottinger Middle East is a terrific business with a talented, professionally run team which presents a strategic opportunity for Hanover to supercharge its growth in the region."
The sale was negotiated by accountancy firm BDO, which is handling Bell Pottinger’s administration.