Roxy Jacenko and her husband Oliver Curtis ‘quietly divorce’ in business deal

Sydney publicist Roxy Jacenko and her husband Oliver Curtis have tacitly ended their business relationship, four years after they launched PR firm 18 Communications together.

The company, which sought to promote Australian brands in the Chinese market, has officially closed this month, with Ms Jacenko confirming the news exclusively to Daily Mail Australia on Monday.

“I opened the business four years ago when Oli was released [from prison] to help him get back on his feet, given his extensive knowledge of China from his work over the years,” said Ms. Jacenko, referring to Curtis’s time in prison for insider trading.

It is over! Publicist Roxy Jacenko (left) and her husband Oliver Curtis (right) quietly ended their business relationship after closing the doors of their PR firm.

The 41-year-old entrepreneur explained that 18 Communications was very successful, and the only reason it closed was because neither she nor her husband had the time to run it.

After “four incredible years together in the company,” she said Mr. Curtis’s focus had shifted to his new role as chief operating officer of data company Firmus Grid.

‘[Firmus Grid] takes all his time and the growth has been incredible in a very short time. As such, we had to make a decision about 18 Communications and its future, and that was to shut it down,” explains Ms. Jacenko.

'We had to make a decision': The company, which wanted to promote Australian brands in the Chinese market, has officially closed this month, with Ms Jacenko confirming the news exclusively to Daily Mail Australia on Monday.  Pictured: The logo for 18 Communications

‘We had to make a decision’: The company, which wanted to promote Australian brands in the Chinese market, has officially closed this month, with Ms Jacenko confirming the news exclusively to Daily Mail Australia on Monday. Pictured: The logo for 18 Communications

Ms. Jacenko explained that she also focused on her other business ventures, including her digital influencer agency Ministry of Talent, PR firm Sweaty Betty PR and her daughter’s store brand Pixie.

She is also busy building her candle business XRJ Celebrations.

‘It was very sad for me to advise clients that I would close [18 Communications] at the end of the month, but the reality is I can only stretch myself so far and for now,” she said.

Busy schedule: Jacenko explained that she also focused on her other business ventures, including her digital influencer agency Ministry of Talent, PR firm Sweaty Betty PR, and her daughter Pixie's store bran

Busy schedule: Jacenko explained that she also focused on her other business ventures, including her digital influencer agency Ministry of Talent, PR firm Sweaty Betty PR, and her daughter Pixie’s store bran

Just kidding: Never afraid to poke fun at an unfortunate situation, Jacenko joked that she and Curtis ended their business deal because of

Just kidding: Never afraid to poke fun at an unfortunate situation, Jacenko joked that she and Curtis ended their business deal because of “irreconcilable differences” — a term commonly used for couples going through divorce

Never afraid to make fun of an unfortunate situation, Ms Jacenko joked that she and Mr Curtis had ended their business relationship because of “irreconcilable differences” – a term commonly used for divorces.

18 Communications was founded to help Australian companies build a presence in the notoriously difficult to crack Chinese market.

The company retained a slew of high-end clients, including YSL, Vera Wang, Harrolds, PE Nation, Melanie Grant Skin, Samsung, Disney, and Musson Jewelers.

Major Company: 18 Communications was founded to help Australian companies build a presence in the notoriously hard-to-crack Chinese market

Major Company: 18 Communications was founded to help Australian companies build a presence in the notoriously hard-to-crack Chinese market

Jacenko entered business with Curtis in 2017 when he was released from the Cooma Correctional Center after serving time for insider trading.

Due to Curtis’ conviction, he was disqualified from managing companies until June 2022.

As a result, Curtis took on the role of Chief Operating Officer of 18 Communications, a role that did not violate the restrictions imposed by the court.

Post-prison firm: Jacenko entered business with Curtis in 2017 when he was released from Cooma Correctional Center after serving time for insider trading.  Pictured: Jacenko and Curtis arrive at the court during the Curtis trial in June 2016

Post-prison firm: Jacenko entered business with Curtis in 2017 when he was released from Cooma Correctional Center after serving time for insider trading. Pictured: Jacenko and Curtis arrive at the court during the Curtis trial in June 2016

‘I have not been banned from work. It’s just being a director,” Curtis explained to… The Daily Telegraph at the time.

“It took some getting used to for both of us, but there’s no doubt that we’re a deadly duo with his back-end and strategic skills mixed with my creative communication skills,” Jacenko told the publication.

“And I’m really excited to see the company continue to evolve,” she added.

'There's no question we're a deadly duo': The company retained a slew of high-end clients, including YSL, Vera Wang, Harrolds, PE Nation, Melanie Grant Skin, Samsung, Disney, and Musson Jewelers

‘There’s no question we’re a deadly duo’: The company retained a slew of high-end clients, including YSL, Vera Wang, Harrolds, PE Nation, Melanie Grant Skin, Samsung, Disney, and Musson Jewelers

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