Finn Partners has acquired Claudine Colin Communication, a Paris-based PR agency that is focused on arts and culture, effective on July 1.

The agency will be known as Claudine Colin Communication, a Finn Partners Company, and will be structured as a part of Finn Partners EMEA, led by regional managing partner Chantal Bowman-Boyles. It will work alongside Finn’s art practice, a division of Finn Partners called Polskin Arts, which is led by managing partner Philippa Polskin. 

Colin will report to Polskin and Bowman-Boyles with the title of managing partner, responsible for leading the arts practice for Finn Partners France.

Claudine Colin Communication has been a long-term partner of Polskin Arts, a Finn Partners Company, in the field of art and culture. 

Founded in 1990 by Claudine Colin, the firm represents arts organizations in France, Europe and abroad, such as Musée National Picasso-Paris, Centre Pompidou-Metz, Musée du Louvre-Lens, Ateliers Jean Nouvel, Beaux-Arts de Paris, Cultural Olympiad for Paris 2024, and Art Basel across all of its shows.

Claudine Colin Communication offers clients support with media relations, partnerships, digital campaigns, institutional relations and crisis communications. 

The firm has directed the communications campaigns of over 30 new and reopened cultural establishments, more than 20 European Capitals of Culture, festivals and seasonal programs. Every year, the firm works in close collaboration with about 40 cultural institutions both in France and abroad, according to a Finn Partners statement. 

Finn Partners had 15 staffers in its Paris office before the deal, which will bring that number to 40 total employees in France. 

Peter Finn, CEO and founder of Finn Partners, said Polskin approached him with the idea to acquire Claudine Colin Communication a year-and-a-half ago.

Polskin told PRWeek she thought it was important to bring Claudine Colin Communication into the fold because of the firm’s commitment, passion, support for and belief in the arts. 

“This expands our ability to work on all these world-class projects,” said Polskin. “We have been collaborating on projects for many years, so this is going to be a fantastic fit for everybody.” 

Finn said he agreed the deal was a “fantastic” idea.

“We have a small presence in Paris that I am interested in expanding,” he said of another reason why the deal makes sense. 

No layoffs or client conflicts will take place as a result of the acquisition, Finn said. 

Colin was not available for comment. 

With the addition of Claudine Colin Communication, Finn Partners EMEA will have fees of about $27 million and staff of about 270 people. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Founded in 2011, Finn Partners has grown from about $24 million in fees to almost $200 million during the past 12 years, according to a statement from the agency. It has more than 1,400 employees globally. 

Finn Partners reported a 1% revenue decrease to $195 million globally and a 3% decrease to $161 million in the U.S. in 2023, according to PRWeek’s Agency Business Report 2024. 

This article originally appeared on PRWeek US.