Blakeney has announced a new partnership with leading Brussels-based public affairs firm, Vulcan Consulting, as it continues to expand its global reach and support for its client partners.

Vulcan Consulting, founded by Lucinda Creighton, a former Member of Parliament and Minister for European Affairs in Ireland, is a leading independent government and regulatory affairs firm specialising in providing clients with strategic advice on navigating political and regulatory hurdles across Europe.

Vulcan has offices in Dublin and Brussels, with the EU team headed up by Elizabeth Krahulecz, a former diplomat and management consultant, with extensive network of relationships across high levels of government, EU institutions, politics, business and non-profits.

Blakeney’s Managing Partner, Michael Pooley, said the partnership reflects the company’s ongoing expansion into overseas markets to support clients wherever they needed expert advice.

“Today, almost all our communication and public affairs mandates are global in nature, and we want the best partners on the ground to support us in delivering the best outcomes possible for our clients.

“In Vulcan, we’ve found a partner that matches our approach to client briefs, reflects our values and has the expertise to deliver a best-in-class service for our clients. They join GSR, the US-based consultancy we partnered with earlier this year, as a powerful extension to our network and we are delighted to have them on board.”

Lucinda Creighton, CEO of Vulcan Consulting, welcomed the new partnership with Blakeney.

"We are thrilled to announce this strategic partnership, which enhances our ability to comprehensively service our clients across a broad range of public policy issues.”

"Vulcan Consulting’s partnership with Blakeney demonstrates how we at Vulcan understand the importance of working with like-minded firms and how expanding our innovative solutions will allow us to better support our clients in Ireland, Brussels and further afield.”

The new partnership follows the recent appointment of Hugo Sutherland, Blakeney’s first Managing Director, Public Affairs. Blakeney supports a broad range of clients with public affairs counsel, including Octopus Energy, Virgin Money, Pennon Group and Oak View Group.