Lewington links up with German lobbyists

Written by Rod Muir on 2 March 2017 in News

Hanover boss claims his agency can now offer 'an unparalleled mix of pan-European expertise'.

Hanover Group has established a strategic partnership with the Berlin-based agency Johanssen + Kretschmer.

The two independent firms are linking up to provide to provide strategic communications and public affairs services across sectors including energy, financial services, technology and transport.

Hanover sources said the tie-up was driven by “growing demand to provide high-level advice to international clients, current and prospective, on how to navigate the prevailing economic and political uncertainties”.

They also pointed out that the UK has a bigger trade deficit with Germany than with any other EU country and that the relationship between the two governments will be a critical feature of the forthcoming Brexit negotiations.

Hanover chief executive Charles Lewington said in a statement: “By combining Hanover’s existing strategic advisory capabilities across London, Brussels and Dublin with Johanssen + Kretschmer’s deep understanding of the German political environment, we will be able to offer our clients an unparalleled mix of pan-European expertise to help manage the uncertainties ahead.”

Johanssen + Kretschmer’s co-founder and managing partner Heiko Kretschmer, said: “We are looking forward to offering our clients targeted and fast services across borders in the complex transition phase towards a post-Brexit Europe.”

The news comes weeks after Hanover branched out into Ireland with a new Dublin office. The 115-strong agency also recently boosted its corporate and public affairs firepower with the hire of former BT corporate affairs director Michael Prescott.

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