Our firm was founded in 1993 by Michael Rosenthal
, and was known in the marketplace as CBI.
During the first part of the 1990s, we were principally engaged in large-scale initiatives such as joint-venture partnerships and mergers and acquisitions involving public companies. Our role was predominantly strategic, although negotiation was always an integral component of our engagements.
As the Internet became a growing force in the world economy, our engagements became more varied and our client roster began to include emerging companies, as well. We became increasingly involved in negotiating partnerships, private placements, divestitures, mergers, and acquisitions on behalf of our clients. Often this entailed working both with start-ups as well as with well-established, multinational companies.
By the turn of the millennium, we had established ourselves as negotiation and relationship management specialists. In 2000, we incorporated a Training & Development practice. In 2005, we reorganized as Consensus
, and Donny Ebenstein
became a member. And, in 2006, when Zachary Metz
joined the firm, we rounded out our service offerings by adding an international Peace Building practice.
Today, we operate as Consensus – a blend of highly experienced negotiation and conflict-resolution professionals. Since our beginnings, our team has been involved in hostage negotiations, diplomatic negotiations, executive training and coaching, and more than $1 billion of business transactions throughout the world. Although our name has changed, we continue to embody the same ideals and culture established more than a decade ago – namely, a commitment to providing the highest standards of professional and client service and to helping our clients tackle their toughest professional, strategic, and diplomatic challenges.