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As the leading agency for corporate and financial communications, Citigate First Financial has worked for more than 20 years for an extensive range of clients. We have built up an outstanding track record, thanks to the numerous projects and transactions we have helped execute and the frequently long-term support in the areas of financial and corporate communications. We work with a large number of regular clients helping them to execute their communications policy on a day-to-day basis, whether this is through communications with the media, the financial world, employees or other stakeholder groups. We are also frequently hired for specific projects, such as media or presentation training, the production of an annual report or the creation of a website. We also provide support for clients dealing with specific issues or a crisis, a profit warning or Executive Board changes. You will find a sample of our client portfolio below.

IR and PR for Accell Group

IR and PR for Accell Group

Citigate supports a large number of listed companies with financial communications and IR activities. Citigate provides Accell Group, the listed European market leader in the bicycle sector, with support and advice on its financial communications and IR activities. Together with the executive board of Accell Group, we determine the annual PR and IR program and realise its execution. Our services for Accell Group range from media monitoring, maintaining contacts with (existing and potential) investors and the preparation of management for press conferences & analyst meetings, to the drafting of press releases and writing the annual report.

Corporate communication for Hudson's Bay

Corporate communication for HUDSON'S BAY

Hudson’s Bay Company (HBC) announced in May 2016 that it intends to enter the Netherlands with up to 20 new stores over the next 2 years. Since then, Citigate is providing corporate communications support for HBC in the Netherlands.
HBC is founded in Canada in 1670 and is one of the fastest-growing and top-performing department store retailers in the world. HBC’s portfolio today includes ten banners, in formats ranging from luxury to better department stores to off price fashion shopping destinations, with more than 460 stores and 66,000 employees around the world.
Over the last months, most of our focus is on PR and PA support during the roll-out of the Hudson’s Bay banner in the Netherlands. Our support consists of media relations, public affairs, press releases and media intelligence. 

Media relations for asset manager Carmignac

Media relations for asset manager Carmignac

Citigate supports French asset manager Carmignac with its PR activities in the Benelux. In 2009 we introduced Carmignac among the Dutch and Belgian financial media. We provide hands-on support in order to maintain and strengthen Carmignac’s relations with financial journalists and commentators, for which we organize regularly (background) interviews and media events.

D.E. Master Blenders: New global player in coffee and tea

D.E. Master Blenders: New global player in coffee and tea

In 2012, Citigate advised coffee and tea producer D.E. Master Blenders on its stakeholder communications in preparation for the spin-off from Sara Lee and subsequent IPO on Euronext Amsterdam. In addition to providing strategic advice, we supported the new global player in coffee and tea in the rebranding of the company. Citigate was involved in both the messaging to internal stakeholders, as well as the corporate branding.

Partial public offer KPN shares by América Móvil

Partial public offer KPN shares by América Móvil

In 2012, Citigate acted as the European PR agency for Mexican telecom company América Móvil during the public offering process on a minority interest in Dutch telecom provider KPN. We acted as both a strategic advisor and helped América Móvil to develop and maintain media relations, acting as a spokesperson for the company in Europe.

SIRE: cross media PR campaign ‘Tolerance’

SIRE: cross media PR campaign ‘Tolerance’

For SIRE, a Dutch public awareness foundation, we developed a cross-media PR campaign around the national theme 'Tolerance' and the 45th anniversary of the foundation. As strategic communications advisor, we were closely involved in the design and roll-out of the PR campaign. We also played a coordinating role in the supporting PR initiatives, including the use of social media, a high-profile media event and a movie & soundtrack. In addition, we developed the key messages of the campaign and set up interviews with national media.

Refresco-Gerber Emig (2013/2014): Merger and integration process creates European market leader

Refresco-Gerber Emig (2013/2014): Merger and integration process creates European market leader

In the period 2013-2014, Citigate advised soft drinks and juices bottler Refresco on its stakeholder communications, both in anticipation of the merger with Gerber Emig and during the subsequent integration process. In addition to strategic communications advice on the ratio of the merger and timing of disclosure, we supported Refresco in the execution of the communications program for both internal and external stakeholders. Recently we advised and supported Refresco Gerber in exploring their capital structure alternatives resulting in a successful listing on Euronext Amsterdam in March 2015.

UNIT 4 / Advent offer: delisting and post-delisting period

UNIT 4 / Advent offer: delisting and post-delisting period

Citigate advised and supported the software company UNIT 4 during the delisting and the post transaction period 2013-2014. In addition to strategic advice on the ratio of the transaction and the timing of the delisting process, Citigate provided hands-on support and prepared management for the various internal and external communication moments.

The Ocean Cleanup

The Ocean Cleanup

The clean-up of the world’s oceans, polluted with millions of tons of plastic, has long been deemed impossible. Dutchman Boyan Slat (1994) has a plan that could result in the effective removal of the huge amount of plastic waste from the world’s oceans, using natural ocean currents and winds to passively transport plastic to a collection platform. Citigate has been a proud partner and fan of this international project since early 2014. We advise on the project’s media strategy and its execution, such as securing interviews with leading Dutch and international media outlets (radio & television, newspapers, websites). Following a successful crowdfunding campaign in September 2014, which raised over US$ 2 million from over 38,000 funders in 160 countries, TOC has now initiated the construction and testing phase of the project.

Premium media monitoring for the Dutch Banking Association NVB

Premium media monitoring for the Dutch Banking Association NVB

The banking landscape is broad and varied and it is difficult to monitor coverage of the sector using only search engines and clipping services. At Citigate, we are convinced that premium media monitoring is a people business. Each morning our Media Intelligence team produces a newsletter for the Dutch Banking Association (Nederlandse Vereniging van Banken – NVB), providing a quick and accurate overview of relevant news about the financial sector in both Dutch and foreign media.

ACG - European Capital Tour

ACG - European Capital Tour

We provided this internationally active association of mid-market private equity companies with advice, plus we organised its European Capital Tour in Paris, Amsterdam and Frankfurt. Citigate organised the event in all three countries, from selecting locations and organising the entire logistics process to coordinating speakers, presentations and guest registration. Citigate also sponsored the tour, together with a number of other Dutch players, such as Houthoff Buruma, Holland Private Equity, NVP, Accuracy and Taxand. More than 200 dealmakers from Europe and the US attended the events and exchanged ideas about investment opportunities in Europe and potential additions to their portfolios.

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