Strategic Counsel and Financial Communications
Many of Kekst CNC’s client relationships span years, even decades. Over time, the changing nature of influence and the increasing pressure on clients to build and maintain corporate reputation has required new and innovative thinking, working beyond traditional Public Relations to delivering a seamless offer that supports corporate reputation across stakeholder groups, from investor relations to employee engagement.
We recognize that there are no boundaries between traditional and online communications, and so we fully integrate digital communications into everything we do. We use actionable primary and secondary research to deliver insights that inform the recommendations we give to clients.
Our digital expertise enables us to provide holistic communications consultancy and advice, helping our clients to manage their reputation both off and online. We are channel agnostic in our thinking, preferring to focus on crafting content and engagement led campaigns, disciplined by data, insight and creativity.
Our creative capabilities ensure we offer a comprehensive digital service whether it be through content marketing, microsite development, influencer partnerships or supporting the ‘always-on’. We optimize and activate campaigns and use smart paid advertising techniques, strategic asset development and effective community management to directly improve online visibility and audience engagement.
Kekst CNC works with management teams and investor relations professionals to build and implement programs that engage existing and potential shareholders, equity analysts, corporate governance and proxy advisory firms, rating agencies, and others.
As an industry leader in international investor communications, we have advised small cap emerging markets companies through to many of the world’s biggest organizations. We tailor our advice and solutions to be appropriate to each of our clients, whether the communications is targeted at equity or debt-focused audiences.
Companies and organizations have to give voice to their interests in the public and political spheres.
In Europe through our dedicated public affairs teams in Berlin, Brussels and Stockholm where Kekst CNC is JKL, we have the knowledge and experience to help our clients promote their interests with policy makers, legislators and other groups such as labor unions and associations to gain competitive advantage.
We offer tailor-made public affairs strategies and solutions based upon a precise analysis of political backgrounds and procedures, alongside knowledge of the decision-makers and their interests. We advise our clients during dialogue with the European Commission, parliament, administration, regulatory authorities, associations, unions, foundations, churches and other NGOs and help them to build networks and strategic alliances.
Our experts build relationships with political decision-makers as well as representatives from civil society. Our unique network ensures our clients achieve their objectives through direct dialogue with all relevant stakeholders.
Political due diligence
Before companies are able to take decisions on market entry or a particular investment, they require reliable information on market regulation and the political agenda.
By undertaking political due diligence, we capture and analyze the regulatory and political frameworks on which a company’s strategic decisions depend.
Transaction public affairs
Capital market transactions like privatizations, IPOs, or mergers and acquisitions have highly political implications. Active and clear communication and the early involvement of political decision makers is often essential to a transaction’s success.
We help to develop and implement strategies to address potential issues among relevant political stakeholders. We explain the social and economic consequences of a given transaction for the related region and stakeholders – generating political support or allaying potential concerns and increasing transaction security.
Employee engagement, human talent acquisition and retention is now even more critical to the modern business agenda, with talent management being a business critical issue for today’s CEO. Employer branding and employer reputation is essential in ensuring any organization is attracting the very best talent, both for today and for tomorrow.
We deliver employer branding and talent acquisition strategies, campaigns and bespoke marketing communication tools that build reputations and position our clients as employers of choice.
Investment in science and innovation is crucial to the long-term success of many companies. When communicated effectively, it can deliver substantial reputational benefits, strengthening a company’s image and showcasing a commitment to tackling social and environmental challenges.
We work with a range of clients from large multinational companies to research institutions and NGOs to build their reputation through science. Whether it is communicating new research findings, or delivering platforms to demonstrate a company’s long-term innovation strategy, we develop solutions tailored to our clients’ needs.
The sustainability of an organization is defined by its ability to achieve long-term growth and to deliver long-term returns for its stakeholders. This requires a company to be aware of all of the factors that can impact its performance. Some of these factors will be financial, but others will include environmental, social and governance issues.
We lead the industry in understanding the sustainability factors that can impact stakeholder decision-making. We apply our knowledge to help companies change the way that they operate, communicate best practice internally, and demonstrate to the outside world that responsible business practice contributes to long term growth.
We recognize the exceptionally high degree of scrutiny placed on executives of customer-facing businesses, and we know that presenting in public, or being interviewed by a journalist is an art. But it’s an art that can be improved through practice.
Kekst CNC professionals have media trained hundreds of CEOs and organization leaders.
Collectively, our media trainers have decades of experience at the top of some of the best-known media organizations worldwide, and we pride ourselves on creating customized instruction that addresses the strengths and opportunities of every person we train.
Our process emphasizes message training, including developing “go-to statements” and personalized narratives as well as a discussion of techniques for responding to challenging questions. Each training session also includes an on-camera Q&A in which executives can practice messaging and response techniques.