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Chandler Chicco acquires German comms firms

pharmafile | December 16, 2011 | News story | Medical Communications Chandler Chicco, Haas & Health Partner Public Relations, SanCom Creative Communication Solutions. 

Chandler Chicco Companies is to acquire German healthcare communication firms, Haas & Health Partner Public Relations and SanCom Creative Communication Solutions.

Chandler Chicco has held a stake of just less than 20% in the companies since 2008, and says the full buy-out will give it unrivalled healthcare comms capability in Germany.

The two companies based in Eltville, Germany will join parent company’s inVentiv Health network immediately, adding 33 staff (23 of Haas & Health Partner and 10 of sister company SanCom CCS) to CCC’s European operations.

The company says the acquisitions will provide clients with access to a pure-play healthcare communications network of more than 380 experts worldwide. In addition, the firms will be linked to the inVentiv Health Communications/Europe ‘super-agency’ structure – a multi-disciplinary, pan-European operation which brings together inVentiv’s advertising, public relations, public policy, market access, medical education, marketing, branding and digital services.

Haas & Health Partner and SanCom CCS have built their services on strategic thinking, creativity and integrated healthcare communication solutions with a focus on the German market.

“This is a significant step in our global growth plans,” said Bob Chandler, founder
and principal of Chandler Chicco Companies. “After a decade of working closely with both firms, the terms of our new agreement enable us to bring unprecedented resources to the German marketplace for the benefit of our clients’ interests.”

Haas & Health Partner and SanCom CCS will retain their brands. Dr Irene Haas, Ulrich van Gemmern and their existing management teams will also continue to lead the firms, reporting directly to Fiona Hall, managing director of Chandler Chicco Companies Europe.

“From the very beginning, Haas & Health Partner and SanCom CCS set out to deliver truly global propositions, rooted in the nuances of the local landscape here in Germany,” said Dr. Irene Haas and Ulrich van Gemmern, founders of the two companies.

“In an increasingly globalised marketplace, our clients’ needs are changing. Today’s consolidation with Chandler Chicco Companies allows us to broaden our horizons even further – adding truly global resources to a well established and trusted local team.”

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