From today, shares in SEC Newgate S.p.A. (AIM: SECG), a newly formed strategic global communications company, will trade on the Alternative Investment Market (AIM) of the London Stock Exchange.

Formed from the merger of leading European communications company SEC with Porta, the parent company of award-winning agency Newgate Communications, SEC Newgate will offer clients a full range of analytics-based strategic communications and advocacy services through its international network.

SEC Newgate positions itself as a specialist in transformative communications, offering global excellence through its network of local experts. The new SEC Newgate team comprises approximately 600 employees with 30 offices in 14 countries and on 4 continents. Its comprehensive range of integrated services includes public affairs and advocacy, financial and corporate communications, digital insights, analytics, crisis management and consumer PR. Effective immediately, cross-border client projects will be managed under the SEC Newgate brand, while projects in local markets will continue to be managed under the local agency brand.

Fiorenzo Tagliabue, Group Chief Executive, commented as follows:

"Today marks an important milestone in the group's history. SEC Newgate is now one of the world's top 30 communications groups, offering global excellence and local expertise with the ability to deliver our services from a single source through our own extensive network.

We are excited about the work ahead, which we see as a great opportunity for our teams, our clients and our shareholders, and we will pursue it ambitiously. Our focus is on building on our distinctive business model and positioning ourselves as the clients' partner of choice for building brands, securing reputations, managing complex stakeholder relationships and supporting our clients' business success."

More information at secnewgate.com