WASHINGTON, DC—FTI Consulting has acquired bipartisan government relations and lobbying firm C2 Group, which is based in Washington, DC, expanding the firm’s public affairs offer, part of its strategic communications practice.

With a staff of 12, C2 Group represents clients such as PepsiCo, Comcast/NBCU, eBay, Porsche, AXA and 7-Eleven, and has particular expertise in the energy, financial services, healthcare, tax policy and transportation industries. 

“More and more, our clients require direct advocacy services in the pursuit of legislative and regulatory outcomes,” says Edward Reilly (pictured), global chief executive officer of the strategic communications practice at FTI Consulting. “Our public affairs offering will be greatly bolstered by the ability to directly engage in the policy, legislative and regulatory process and ultimately influence the outcome in ways that protect and advance our clients’ interests.” 

C2 Group is led by Tom Crawford and John Cline, who join FTI Consulting as senior managing directors. Crawford focuses primarily on serving clients in the fields of tax policy and regulation, budget matters, corporate governance and retirement security, while Cline specializes in energy, financial services and transportation.

C2 Group will continue to work under its own brand during a transition period, and will remain in its current offices in Washington, DC.