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  • Sustainably good Corporate Governance

    Again and again, it can be seen that recurrent non-compliance with corporate governance principles without comprehensible reasons does not lead to public sanctions by the peers in this country, at least not as long as the public prosecutor's office does not investigate. In cases such as Wirecard or Volkswagen, the lack of a voice of the members of the Management Board and Supervisory Board can be misinterpreted as a misunderstood esprit de corps. Corporate leaders still find it difficult to talk publicly about issues that do not directly affect their own business. The danger is seen as too great that one's own opinion could cause a problem with any stakeholder and that one could become the subject of a public debate.

    It is attitude and leadership that the man or woman in the street expect from the management. Surveys show this impressively. Attitude generates trust, which remains at a low level in respect to the economy. Therefore, management should also show an attitude when it comes to the topic of corporate governance. As an active part of the business system, which thrives on the trust of the public, it is important not only to observe, but also to engage publicly in debates - in the sense of good corporate governance that is vital, lived, modern and sustainable.

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    BOARD 4/2020

  • Cum-Ex litigation mandate - On March 18th, 2020 a long and intense proceedings on the Cum-Ex complex at the Regional Court in Bonn has come to an end. It was the first trial in which it became clear that it was ultimately a cum-ex industry with a variety of players. CCounselors was privileged to work closely with kempf schilling + partner's lawyer Dr. Hellen Schilling and the mandate for the past eight months on communication strategies.
  • The Vontobel Media Relations team achieved first place in this year's ranking of Swiss journalists in the category Banks, after third place last year and far behind a few years ago. CCounselors is proud to support Vontobel.
  • Chairmen of supervisory boards can and should communicate in the interests of the company - Excerpt from an interview with Peter Dietlmaier, Partner  CCounselors, conducted by the Directors Academy, September 2018
  • The geopolitical challenges for companies are increasing. Managers are expected to have them under control. Corporate Communications plays a central role in managing these risks, says Jan F. Kallmorgen, strategic partner of CCounselors. He is founder and CEO of Berlin Global Advisors (BGA), a geopolitical consultancy based in New York, London and Berlin.
    PR Magazin, Dezember 2017
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  • Peter Dietlmaier, Founder and Principal Partner CCounselors, on prejudices against Germans and openness as a countermeasure.
    PR Magazin, Juni 2017
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  • Lucas van Praag, Founder and Managing Partner of Fitzroy Communications,  on the importance of internal communication in motivating employees
    PR Magazin, März 2017
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  • Lucas van Praag, Founder and Managing Partner of Fitzroy Communications, on Emotions versus Facts, and lessons for communication
    PR Magazin, Dezember 2016
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  • „Aufsichtsräte im Blickpunkt der Medien“ - Im Zuge der veränderten Anforderungen an den Aufsichtsrat gewinnen Kommunikationsthemen vor allem für den Aufsichtsratsvorsitzenden immer mehr an Bedeutung. Hierbei geht es zu einen im Rahmen seiner Kontrollfunktion um die Sicherstellung einer funktionierenden Struktur und Arbeitsweise. Zum anderen muss er wegen der größeren Wahrnehmung professionell auf seine originären Kommunikationsaufgaben vorbereitet sein. Moderne Aufsichtsratsvorsitzende zahlen mit eigenen unternehmensnahen Kommunikationsthemen auf die Wahrnehmung des Unternehmens ein.
    Ein Aufsatz von Peter Dietlmaier, CCounselors
    BOARD 5/2015

  • Über Strategien und Handlungsmöglichkeiten für die Krise bei einem Compliance-Fall
    Comply 3/2015,

  • 15 Jahre nach dem Mannesmann-Deal - „Mehr als nur der Aktionär“
    Eine Unternehmenstransaktion auch unter kommunikativen Gesichtspunkten strategisch zu begleiten, war im Jahr 2000 vielfach etwas Neues. Welche Schlüsse hat die Kommunikation daraus gezogen?
    Ein Rückblick von Peter Dietlmaier
    KoMa März 2015

  • Peter Dietlmaier: „Gut gewappnet durch die Krise“ - Cyberattacken können den Ruf einer Firma gefährden. Mit einer klugen Informationspolitik lässt sich der Schaden begrenzen.
    Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, 30. März 2015

  • RHJ International S.A. announces completion of BHF acquisition. CCounselors acted as a communication advisor to RHJ International.
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  • CCounselors is ranked among the Top 15 German to M&A transactions by volume in Mergermarket's 2013 financial PR league tables.
    January 2014
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  • CCounselors Top PR advisor to M&A
    CCounselors is ranked among the Top 10 German and Top 20 European PR advisors to M&A transactions by volume  in Mergermarket's H1/2013 financial PR league tables.
    July 2013
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  • Point B / CCounselors: Aus eins mach zwei
    Peter Dietlmaier, bisher Partner der Düsseldorfer Unternehmensberatung C4 Consulting, bietet seine Dienste als strategischer Kommunikationsberater seit dem Jahreswechsel unter der Marke CCounselors an.
    PR Magazin
    July 2013
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  • CCounselors advised BayernLB on its GBW AG transaction
    April 2013
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  • Ex-Bundespräsident wäre auch in einem Unternehmen über schlechte Krisenkommunikation gestolpert. Ein Fall für den Corporate Governance Kodex?
    März 2012
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  • Fehlende Orientierung im Changeprozess: Eine attraktive Zielvision ist der zentrale Erfolgsfaktor
    Dezember 2010
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