2007 Montieth & Company was founded
We were founded as a specialist corporate and financial communications consultancy to advise on corporate critical issues and events. This work accelerated with counsel to clients impacted by the Bear Stearns ABS Hedge Fund failure in mid-2007 followed by a long series of management advisory and media relations engagements resulting from the Great Financial Crisis. This included advising victims of the Madoff Fraud and Lehman Brothers bankruptcy.
As markets stabilized, we launched a marketing communications practice focused on the financial and professional services sectors, which added to our issues management, crisis and litigation PR work.
2009 Attained our first ex-U.S. client
Our first cross-border client came in 2009 when we launched a new investment strategy for U.K. asset manager Standard Life Investments (now Aberdeen Standard Investments) in the U.S. media market.
2011 Deepened our cross-border expertise
Our cross-border expertise deepened with the support we provided Brazilian investment bank Itaú BBA. We also expanded our work with global institutional asset managers and other financial services companies. As we grew, we diversified our client base by sector and added content and thought leadership development capabilities to our core media relations work.
2014 Grew our litigation practice
We expanded our litigation practice globally, working on numerous special situations matters involving multiple media markets and jurisdictions. This included cases of Nazi-looted art throughout Europe and the U.S., and litigation to protect the rights of 401k plan savers and retirees.
2016 Established a foothold in EMEA
We expanded our operations to Europe with the launch of our first global hub in London. The expansion provided our U.S. clients with a platform to reach not just the U.K. market but also media in continental Europe. As the office grew, we took on clients needing representation both in the U.K. and the U.S. which began to formally frame our flexible, integrated and efficient cross-border service model across all of our practice groups.
2017 Named Top Financial PR Firm
The New York Observer ranked Montieth & Company in its Power 50 as one of the most powerful PR firms in the U.S., crediting the firm’s unique cross-border work: “Former journalist Montieth Illingworth has built that kind of operation, a self-described ‘super-boutique’ that lives up to its billing. Now splitting his time between New York, London and Frankfurt offices – Paris is next. Illingworth gives staff titles like ‘Global account director’ and hires polyglots who cross borders the way other people cross the street.” We received an award in 2018 and 2019 as well.
2019 Expanded to APAC
We launched a global hub in Hong Kong to service North American and European companies expanding into the APAC region. In the U.S., we also created a Public Affairs practice. We formed a separate company, Tangible PR, to focus solely on the needs of global start-ups and a new entity, Moorgate Partners, that receives payment in stock and provides start-ups capital introduction services.
2020 Rebrand & continued global growth
By 2020, 70% of our revenues came from cross-border accounts where we service a client in multiple media and money markets. While deeply entrenched in the New York, London, and Hong Kong media markets, we represent organizations from over a dozen countries and speak seven languages.