SAN DIEGO, April 28, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Hayden Communications International, Inc. ("HCI"), a full-service investor relations firm focused exclusively on China-based, U.S.-listed companies, announced that it has signed a memorandum of understanding ("MOU") to become a subsidiary of the MZ Group ("MZ"), the world's largest independent global investor relations, governance and integrated corporate communications firm.
The combined entity will leverage its deep industry expertise and relationships, which is supported by the broadest suite of services and technology available to enhance its position as the premier investor relations and consulting firm servicing the emerging markets worldwide. Collectively, the firm services in excess of 550 clients in 10 countries while maintaining a presence in the leading investment centers including New York, Chicago, Beijing, Hong Kong, Taipei, Sao Paulo, and now California and Shanghai.
The full integration of MZ and HCI is expected to take place after the June 2011 closing and is subject to complete due diligence and final agreements being executed. The merged company is expected to provide several compelling benefits to clients, including access to a comprehensive platform that provides a complete selection of integrated corporate communication services (customized investor relations technology, board portals, value monitoring, stock surveillance, market intelligence, video applications, media relations and corporate governance training & tools), all which are seamlessly provided through a single point of contact. Individual and institutional investors will enjoy improved continuity of information flow by having one entity provide them access to a wide variety of private and public companies located in China, Hong Kong, Brazil, Taiwan, Argentina, Mexico, Chile, Peru, Canada and the U.S.
"In our effort to continually enhance the breadth and depth of our service offerings, we were greatly impressed with MZ's unique platform, which combines expertise in the capital markets, technology, governance, media, and corporate communications. Over the past decade, MZ has assisted hundreds of public companies in reaching their goals to optimize shareholder value and public brand awareness," stated Matthew Hayden, President of HC International. "With a team of highly experienced senior professionals and an integrated service portfolio, MZ has proven their ability to provide companies with the right tools and strategies to interact effectively with the investment community at large. MZ's market intelligence, advisory and tactical support activities for its investor relations and corporate communications programs are underpinned by world-class IT infrastructure allowing clients to achieve global best practices."
"MZ recently merged with China based Corporate Asia Network, a technology leader, and AICC, a leading financial PR firm serving the A-Share market, in addition to Ilios Partners, a firm which offers proprietary Capital Markets Intelligence and Investor Targeting in the U.S. The ability to join forces with a well-respected, capable investor relations firm that is focused on the emerging markets and on the ADR and U.S. listed companies was a logical next step. After thorough consideration, we are confident that HC International's experienced team and success in providing comprehensive investor relation services to Chinese public companies will assist us in achieving our global expansion efforts. Our combined offering will be impactful and unique, while optimally geared for companies operating in today's public markets," said Rodolfo Zabisky, Chairman of MZ Group.
SOURCE MZ Group