Business advisory firm Deloitte has announced the acquisition of crisis, issues and reputation management consultancy Regester Larkin. For more than two decades, Regester Larkin has worked with blue chip multinationals as they prepare for, respond to or recover from crises and as they predict, prevent or resolve strategic issues, in turn advising on some of the highest profile corporate cases.
Internationally recognised as a leader in its field, Regester Larkin will now be merged with Deloitte’s existing crisis and resilience business to form one of the largest and most comprehensive fully-dedicated practices in what is a highly specialist area. The new practice will be 70-strong with six partners and operate under the ‘Regester Larkin by Deloitte’ brand.
The acquisition comes at a time when businesses are facing uncertainties, growing threats from cyber and other strategic risks, while corporate reputations are under greater scrutiny. It supports Deloitte’s growth agenda and focuses on issues that matter to its clients at both the Board and senior executive levels.
Speaking about this move, Rick Cudworth (crisis and resilience partner at Deloitte) stated: “From Day One we will come together under the new ‘Regester Larkin by Deloitte’ brand. By combining with Regester Larkin’s unrivalled experience and skills in crisis, issues and reputation management, we will deepen our ability to support the growing demand of our clients in dealing with strategic risks through a fully integrated crisis management solution.”
Andrew Griffin, CEO of Regester Larkin, responded: “This is a hugely exciting opportunity for Regester Larkin and, indeed, for our clients. We’re looking forward to the scope, reach, depth and access to additional expertise that being part of Deloitte will bring. We are particularly delighted that Deloitte is keen to invest in and grow our strategic crisis response, crisis communication and issues management offerings. Our clients love the fact that our crisis preparedness advice is based on real life response experience, and we very much look forward to supporting many more organisations as they respond to strategic issues and crises.”
David Noon, head of risk advisory for Deloitte in the UK and the EMEA, added: “The creation of ‘Regester Larkin by Deloitte’ is testament to hard work and the investment we continue to make in our risk advisory business. Bringing across the talent in the Regester Larkin team and retaining their long-recognised brand in this specialist discipline will enable us to grow the business and better support our clients in times of uncertainty and urgent need.”