March 2020 View from the City: 888 and Gamesys navigate stock market freefall
Alex Brennan, partner at Hudson Sandler, guest columns in EGR, the online gambling industry magazine, looking at how financial markets have responded to the Covid-19 pandemic
‘Reframing a better life’ – A Tortoise Media morning with Sir Terry Leahy
Sir Terry Leahy - ‘You won’t hold back the desire for a better life, but you can reframe what that means’
Fair & Square Podcast: A Sustainable Position in Mining - the New Frontier
In this episode of Fair & Square, Charlie Jack, Hudson Sandler’s Head of Natural Resources speaks to prominent miners and developers, who share their insights on ESG
Fronting up in a crisis
Before the Government’s agenda was diverted to the escalating coronavirus crisis, the UK floods were front-page news.
Our response to the COVID-19 global pandemic
Despite the significant impact of COVID-19 in every jurisdiction in which we operate, Hudson Sandler remains in good shape to manage the challenges that the mitigation measures will bring. We are a flexible business that has been established to work effectively from anywhere in the world. With all the appropriate technology in place and fully tested, we are able to guarantee seamless 24/7 support to our clients while our staff work remotely.
Fair & Square Podcast: Shining a Light on Britain’s Night-time Economy
There is a perception that pubs, bars and clubs have been having a tough time and that hundreds of closures have contributed to the decline of town centres. But is this true? Are people really going out less than before? And how can businesses which operate in the night-time economy retain and attract new customers?
‘Woke’ consumerism will be at the heart of retail’s next great revolution
Getting to grips with the woke consumer The shape of the retail industry has changed dramatically in the digital age. The internet-enabled supply that flooded the retail market over the last twenty years has given consumers new and more convenient ways to shop. Long-established barriers to entry in the retail industry collapsed and incumbent retailers had to adapt - for their survival - to how consumers have increasingly chosen to spend their money.
EGR Intel – ‘View from the City’
Alex Brennan, partner at Hudson Sandler, analysed the month that was for EGR Intel, the leading online gambling industry publication. This column first appeared in the EGR Intel edition #189 first published on January 31st 2020
Mining Indaba puts ESG in the spotlight
Indaba in Southern African terminology is used to describe a gathering or meeting, but the term comes from a Zulu language word meaning "business".
How Severstal is putting its corporate purpose into practice
One of the largest Russian companies listed in London, steel-maker Severstal is meeting its ESG challenges head on, as Andrew Hayes finds in conversation with director Sakari Tamminen.
African oil and gas developing well and changing perceptions
Record numbers thronged the Cape Town International Convention Centre this month for the annual Africa Oil Week demonstrating the growing momentum of the industry on the continent.
Deciphering the Non-Executive Director
What can communications professionals contribute to Boards as Non-Executive Directors? This morning Hudson Sandler hosted, in partnership with CorpComms, a fascinating panel discussion we headlined ‘Deciphering the Non-Executive Director’. The idea was to invite leading corporate affairs practitioners who have built a broader NED portfolio and joined executive management committees.
From “Suits” to lawsuit – Caution when there’s no script
Given that the almost universal default position of newspapers is to ‘stand by their story’, it was an interesting move for the Duchess of Sussex to sue the publisher of the Mail on Sunday after it published a letter she sent to her father.
Gambling M&A and the race for technology
As two acquisitions complete, one mega-merger commences. The gambling industry’s consolidation trend continues to interest investors with the race for technology taking centre stage. In early October, the UKGC approved Rank’s £115m acquisition of AIM-listed Stride Gaming, while JPJ Group (now Gamesys Group) completed its acquisition of Gamesys assets for £490m.
Global discussion on Egyptian economy focussed on reform programme
Egypt is a vibrant economy of 100 million people and the gateway to Africa. It is finally beginning to reap the long-term benefits of the ongoing economic reform plan, based on better fiscal balances requiring tax rises and cuts to energy subsidies amongst other measures alongside a freely floating currency.
Those Who Are Tardy Do Not Get Fruit Cup
Hudson Sandler was a calm attendee at ‘High Anxiety’, the Reuters Breakingviews Predictions 2019 event. This year’s title was from Mel Brooks’ 1977 film satire, which is centred on the ‘Psycho-Neurotic Institute for the Very, Very Nervous’.
What we learned at G2E
At last week’s G2E, the great and the good of the global gambling industry gathered at the Sands Expo centre in Las Vegas for the industry’s major annual event.
Hudson Sandler’s craving for sugar raises more than £350 for Macmillan.
On Friday 28th September, alongside thousands of other companies...
Mountain mind games
It was once said to me that for extreme feats of physical endurance, it was 70% mental, 20% mechanics and 10% nutrition.
Gambling's gold rush
It’s now the turn for gambling operators to place their bets.
What PR must remember from Aristotle
Last week, some of our team were lucky enough to hear the highly entertaining and hugely erudite Bennet Brandreth speak. As well as being an Edinburgh-fringe-performing barrister and author...
The plucky contender vs the old guard – new media packs a punch
What can businesses learn from the rise of the YouTube star?
What’s in a name – will a fintech disruptor be invited through the door?
‘We’re a disruptor’ has become an extremely familiar refrain.
Lessons from the booming craft beer market
A wave of disruption is hitting the consumer industries, and this year’s London Craft Beer Festival is a fitting symbol.
Investment in Egypt driving the economy
Egypt could be at a turning point. Emerging markets traditionally suffer from a strengthening dollar, but Egypt may prove an exception.
Double win at the PRCA City and Financial Awards 2018
We are delighted to announce that Hudson Sandler LLP received two commendations at last week’s PRCA City and Financial Awards 2018.
Hudson Sandler roundtable with The New York Times’ Moscow bureau
On 14th December 2017, Hudson Sandler held its annual Moscow Christmas Party jointly hosted with our friends at Bank of New York Mellon.
Preparing for an IPO – presenting at the LSE’s ELITE conference
On Wednesday 29 November Hudson Sandler was delighted to be invited to present at the latest event of the London Stock Exchange’s ELITE programme.
Another Russian revolution breaks out
A good week in getting the attractive fundamentals of investing in Russia across internationally.
There is hope for Ukraine as its society matures
It was encouraging to hear a real change in sentiment at the two high-profile Ukraine-focused events in London last week, hosted at historic Lancaster House near Buckingham Palace.
Drinking tea with a Chinese neighbour or how to break through the Great Wall
A recent extension of Russia economic sanctions by the EU did not get much reaction from the market.
The battle against terrorism starts with a search engine
When I met up with Dave King, chief executive of Digitalis Reputation, to discuss his research into how extremists are exploiting the Internet, I could not have imagined that just two days later three terrorists would launch an attack on London Bridge.
London Still Calling Post Brexit
So Article 50 has finally been triggered and the process of divorce between the UK and the European Union begun, accompanied by another slew of media stories questioning the future of London as a financial capital.
World Autism Awareness Week at Hudson Sandler
Hudson Sandler looks at World Autism Awareness Week 2017 and how we learned more about the condition and the people that work with it every day.
Online gambling’s unique personalisation opportunity
Those who follow the online gambling industry closely will know that it is, in many ways, already light years ahead of other consumer industries in terms of analytics-driven marketing.
Russia - All bets off in 2017?
Fresh back from our end of year Moscow Forum and Seasonal Party in partnership with our friends at Bank of New York Mellon.
Markets around the world tumbled this morning as a Trump victory in the US Presidential Elections was interpreted as increasing the risk of trade wars and stoking political uncertainty.
Sanity and the City
The World Health Organisation recognises World Mental Health Day on 10 October every year.
The rise and rise of employee led storytelling
The term ‘employer brand’ is increasingly creeping onto PR briefs, into campaigns and onto the mainstream news agenda.
Through the eyes of an intern
Ten months ago, 15th October 2015, I set out on my journey as an intern at Hudson Sandler.
Hudson Sandler on the High Seas
A fortnight ago, on 26 May, a group of Hudson Sandler employees, clients and friends took to the high seas for the third Family Holiday Association (FHA) Annual Regatta.
Moscow being Trumped
I spent last week in Moscow and St Petersburg visiting our Russian clients and prospects, with much to talk about on the geo-political front other than Ukraine and sanctions.
Navigating the changing communications landscape
Tim Johns, Consultant at Hudson Sandler discusses the challenges today's businesses face communicating in a world filled with disruptors.
Brexit or Bremain? Perspectives from the communications industry
On Friday May 6, 2016, a panel arranged by Kantar Media, discussed the pros and cons of Brexit from the perspective of the communications’ industry.
Big Bang Data and Stalking
Off this morning to Numis’s 15th Annual Media Conference on ‘Big Bang Data’.
Stars in their eyes - The UK Stock Market awards
Hudson Sandler was proud to sponsor and judge the UK Stock Market Awards.
Hudson Sandler's 30th Birthday
On 3rd March 1986, Simon Hudson and I started a financial PR agency - Kingsway Financial - it was half owned by Saatchi and Saatchi who had helped to finance the venture.*
City & Financial PR awards 2016 winners: best M&A campaign
We’re so pleased to have been awarded Best Communications in Support of a Transaction at the inaugural City & Financial PR Awards, for our work for Reward Gateway, the global leader in employee engagement.
BREXIT – The battle lines are yet to be drawn
After almost three years since David Cameron first promised a referendum on the United Kingdom’s membership of the European Union, you would have thought each side would have more consensus on their winning message.
PR trends to watch in 2016
The ability to develop and deliver great communications roots itself in the ability to adapt and change to the world around us.
ICE, ICE baby
The global gaming industry’s flagship annual expo, ICE, is in full flow at London’s ExCel Arena in Canary Wharf.
An evening in Moscow with FT’s LEX
Fresh back from Moscow to report on Hudson Sandler’s ‘Evening with the Financial Times’s LEX column', organised by us with our friends at BNY-Mellon.
Advent of the connected car
While driving my daughter to yet another event in her hectic social calendar last weekend, I remarked that I was looking forward to the time when she would ferry me around instead.
Thoughts from Davos
So what is the chatter in Davos this year? What are the hot topics of conversation between the great and the good of politics and commerce?
What business can learn from Bowie
One of my best reads of 2015 was a fantastic book by James Kerr called ‘Legacy’.
That was the year that was…
Like many people who are blessed with 20:20 hindsight, I am much better at explaining the past than defining the future.
Listening is the new talking
I was recently asked to put together a session to coach a group of senior executives to improve their communication skills.
UK IPO Market: Outlook for 2016
2015 has been an interesting year for IPOs. The primary concern at the start of the year was the uncertainty around the result of the General Election on 8 May and the consequent sentiment that it was important for companies to seek an IPO before then.
Russian business wants to talk
As a frequent visitor to Russia, I was struck on my last trip in late November by the increased commitment of many leading Russian businesses to up their engagement with their western partners and stakeholders.