A Fusion Deal: Sale of 50.1% stake in Global Pacific & Partners’ worldwide conference portfolio to ITE Group plc

22 AOWFusion Corporate Partners are pleased to announce the sale on behalf of its client Global Pacific & Partners (GPP) of a 50.1% shareholding in their worldwide oil & gas event portfolio to ITE Group Plc, a major London-listed international events company with significant capacity in global oil and gas.

The portfolio of events includes GPP’s market leading Africa Oil Week (AOW) conference held in Cape Town for the last 21 years. AOW incorporates Africa Upsteam and the Africa Independence Forum, other events in the portfolio include established oil & gas events in Africa, Asia and Latin America.

ITE2The cash consideration paid on completion for 50.1% is £16 million, with put and call options in place over a maximum of ten years, to enable ITE to acquire the remainder of the shares. The overall consideration to be capped at a maximum of £50 million.

Fusion acted exclusively for the shareholders of GPP. The shareholder founders and existing organisers of the event, will remain with the portfolio for the next few years at least.

GPP Chairman, Dr Duncan Clarke and CEO, Babette van Gessel said “We are all delighted to join forces with ITE to work together on developing the events in our conference portfolio. ITE has significant capacity and an excellent reputation in global oil and gas to carry forward the growth achieved over the last two decades for our portfolio in Africa, Asia and Latin America.”

ITE Oil &Gas Portfolio Director, Daniel Read said “I am very pleased with the acquisition of a majority stake in a series of events that includes Africa Oil Week/Upstream Africa. It is the jewel in the crown of GPPs portfolio and takes our services to a number of new territories. We have a global network of staff, exhibitions and conferences that will promote Africa Oil Week to a huge worldwide audience. The scale of the industry in Africa and its potential for future growth is enormous. It’s great to know that we will be involved in keeping the leading stakeholders in the continent’s energy community connected and informed. I’m also looking forward to working closely with the team at GPP who have created and nurtured the growth of what has become the leading event for the industry in Africa.”

paul-slight_f_1_120_1Paul Slight, Director at Fusion, said “We were delighted to have worked with Duncan Clarke and Babette van Gessel and the rest of the team at GPP. The Africa Oil Week/Africa Upstream Conference is the longest-running and most prominent event held worldwide for Africa’s fast-growing oil, gas, LNG and energy industry. It will be an excellent fit with ITE’s events portfolio.”

The 22nd Africa Oil Week/Africa Upstream Conference, with the 13th Africa Independents Forum, takes place in Cape Town, South Africa, from 26th-30th October 2015 at the CTICC, with over 100 speakers, 150+ Exhibitors, and around 1,600 delegates.

UK, London & Africa, Cape Town & The Netherlands, The Hague

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