A Fusion Deal: Creditflux sold to Mergermarket Group

CreditfluxFusion Corporate Partners are pleased to announce the completion of the sale of Ceditflux to Mergermarket Group.

Fusion Corporate Partners acted as corporate advisor for Creditflux. The Fusion team was led by Paul Slight, Director at Fusion. The terms of the deals were not disclosed.

Founded and headquartered in London, Creditflux is the authoritative provider of intelligence, analysis, data and events covering CLO and credit fund pricing, investments, trading and returns.

“I am delighted that Creditflux is joining forces with Mergermarket Group, a company which shares our relentless focus on providing original and insightful intelligence to the fixed income community,” said Mike Peterson, Managing Editor and founder of Creditflux. “The combination of Debtwire, Xtract Research and Creditflux will create an information power house for the global credit market.”

The acquisition accelerates the global expansion of Mergermarket Group’s extensive real-time fixed income intelligence and data provision. The company’s Debtwire and Xtract Research products already deliver insight and analytics on corporate high yield, distressed and restructuring situations.

mergermarket“We are very excited to fortify the growth story of our global fixed income division with the acquisition of Creditflux, a highly regarded and trusted source of CLO and credit fund intelligence and data,” commented Hamilton Matthews, CEO of Mergermarket Group. “For the past decade, Debtwire and Xtract Research have blazed a trail of market-leading coverage in the field of corporate debt analysis. Creditflux provides valuable analysis of fixed income investors, giving our valued subscribers access to deeper analysis of the full credit investment cycle.”

Paul Slight, Director at Fusion, said “We have known Mike and the key shareholders at Creditfux for many years and they thoroughly deserve their reward for the hard work that has gone into building a business brand of high editorial integrity. The fit with MergerMarkets was evident from the start at a business and cultural level and I am sure Mike and his team will be able to take advantage of the commercial knowhow and international presence MergerMarket offers. This is the second transaction we have concluded with MergerMarkets in the last 3 months and on both occasion they have acted with the highest level of sensitivity during both the negotiations and completion process”

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ION Investment Group to acquire a controlling stake in Acuris

AcurisION Investment Group is acquiring a controlling stake in Acuris, a global provider of proprietary financial intelligence, data and analytics, from BC Partners and GIC, Singapore’s sovereign wealth fund.

The terms of the deal were not disclosed. However, the FT quoting “three people with direct knowledge of the deal” describe it as a £1.35bn deal. BC Partners and Acuris management are reinvesting and will retain minority ownership.

The Company, then named Mergermarket, was founded in 1999 and acquired by Pearson in 2006 for £101 million plus a subsequent earn-out. In 2015 Mergermarket was acquired by BC Partners from Pearson plc for £382 million. GIC acquired a 30% stake from BC Partners on 2017.

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With nearly 1,500 employees in 66 different locations worldwide, Acuris provides proprietary insights and analytics across six key financial areas: fixed income, transactions, equities, compliance, infrastructure and research. Acuris’ differentiated content and products, including Mergermarket, Debtwire and several others.

Andrea Pignataro, ION’s CEO and Founder said “Acuris’ leading position in financial intelligence, data and analytics is highly complementary to ION’s business. Together, ION and Acuris will continue to deliver innovative, differentiated intelligence and solutions to financial institutions and corporations. We are looking forward to partnering with BC Partners to support the company’s growth and development.”

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Acuris acquires Blackpeak

AcurisAcuris, a BC Partners and GIC-backed provider of financial data, intelligence, research and analysis, has acquired Blackpeak, an investigative research firm. Blackpeak will join Acuris’ Compliance division. The terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Co-founded by Jack Clode and Chris Leahy in 2011, Blackpeak is a premier provider of complex due diligence, research and investigation services, particularly in relation to capital markets, M&A and private equity.

Headquartered in Hong Kong, Blackpeak now operates from key financial and economic centers, including Singapore, Tokyo, Shanghai, Beijing, New York and Washington DC.

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Hamilton Matthews CEO, Acuris

“We are delighted to welcome Jack, Chris and the Blackpeak team to the growing Acuris family. With its expert capabilities as a premium Enhanced Due Diligence services provider and impressive customer portfolio of global blue-chip customers, Blackpeak will enhance our Compliance division’s proposition considerably,” says Hamilton Matthews, CEO of Acuris. “We look forward to working together to support Blackpeak’s growth ambitions and meet the evolving demands of our customers.”

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A Fusion Deal: Reorg acquires a controlling stake in Debt Explained

Debt ExplainedDebt Explained Limited, the provider of data and analysis on the European high-yield and leverage loan markets has sold a controlling stake to Reorg, a financial media and technology company. Fusion Corporate Partners acted as corporate advisor for Debt Explained. The Fusion team was led by Paul Slight, Director at Fusion. The terms of the deals were not disclosed.

Founded in 2009, Debt Explained creates and curates data and analysis on bond and loan deals through its proprietary data bases and unique scoring and bench-marking products. These allow for detailed trend analysis in the European high yield and leverage loan markets. The combination of Reorg and Debt Explained will make these tools available on a global basis, driving a new and unique subscriber experience in Europe, the United States and beyond.

“Reorg’s partnership with Debt Explained will create the industry-leading product in the global non-investment grade credit markets”, said Kent Collier, founder and chief executive officer of Reorg. “This fits in perfectly with our strategic vision, and we look forward to building our business together and providing more and even better information to our subscribers.”
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Stephen Mostyn-Williams, founder and chairman of Debt Explained, will continue as part of the combined business. Mostyn-Williams said, “All the Debt Explained team are very pleased to partner with Kent and his team in taking our combined offering onto a global stage. This transaction gives us a tremendous opportunity to enhance the strengths of two market leading firms for the benefit of our mutual global client base. Combining our research, data and scoring products with Reorg’s editorial content and proprietary technology will provide world class, industry leading products across Europe, Asia and North America.”

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A Fusion Deal: Integer Research sold to Argus Media

ArgusInteger Research an independent provider of specialist market intelligence and analysis, consultancy services and conferences has has been sold to Argus Media, the global energy and commodity price reporting agency. Fusion Corporate Partners acted as corporate advisor for Integer Research. The Fusion team was led by Paul Kelly, Director at Fusion. The terms of the deals were not disclosed.

Integer provides the fertilizer, wire and cable, and emissions control markets with specialist economic and financial analysis, market forecasts, strategy, and benchmarking information, as well as global conferences.

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Speaking about the sale, Fusion’s Paul Kelly said, “I’ve known Integer Directors Tim Cheyne, and Oliver Hatfield for four years; I met their third partner, Philip Radbourne at the start of the process. They are a highly professional team with great industry knowledge and expertise. Integer is a great fit with Argus and they will do very well. I wish them every success”.

Integer Managing Director Tim Cheyne added, “This is a natural cultural and strategic fit for Integer and we are excited to build on Argus’ existing global expertise in commodity markets and leverage its technology and platform strengths to the benefit of our customers.”

Argus Media Chairman and Chief Executive Adrian Binks said, “Argus’ acquisition of Integer will expand the range and depth of services we offer to our customers. Integer has a unique product offering and this, combined with Argus’ global reach and scale, will offer users powerful market intelligence and insight.”

Argus first entered the global fertilizer markets with the acquisition of price reporting and events business FMB Consultants in 2011. A company sale project also managed by Fusion Corporate Partners. In 2014 Fusion sold Metal Pages to Argus.

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Acuris acquires Sparkspread

AcurisAcuris, the BC Partners and GIC backed provider of data, research, intelligence and analysis, has acquired SparkSpread, an online news service providing intelligence on M&A and financing in the global energy business. The financial terms were not disclosed.

 

New York-headquartered SparkSpread was founded by journalists Will Ainger and Victor Kremer in 2005. It will become part of Acuris’ Infrastructure division.

“We are excited to welcome the acclaimed SparkSpread team to the growing Acuris family,” said Hamilton Matthews, CEO of Acuris. “We have been considering ways to broaden our energy sector coverage for asset managers, fund investors and advisors alike. We look forward to collaborating with Will and Victor to achieve this.”

 

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A Fusion Deal: CMA Shipping Conference and Exhibition sold to Informa (Knect365)

CMA-Shipping-2019-LogoThe CMA Shipping Conference and Exposition has been sold to Knect365, Informa PLC’s Knowledge & Networking Division. Fusion Corporate Partners acted as corporate advisor for International Marketing Strategies (IMS), the organiser of the event. The Fusion team was led by Paul Kelly, Director at Fusion. The terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

CMA Shipping is run on behalf of the Connecticut Maritime Association (CMA), an Association made of individuals representing every aspect of shipping and international trade. IMS and the CMA have worked together to produce the annual conference and trade Show for thirty three years.

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Speaking about the sale, Fusion’s Paul Kelly said, “IMS are a highly professional group with great maritime industry expertise. Together with the CMA, they have built the the premier shipping gathering in North America and a “must-attend” event on the shipping business calendar. “It was a pleasure to represent them”.

CMA Shipping enjoys the support of many of the world’s major maritime organisations and attracts over 2,000 maritime industry leaders, owners and ship managers controlling over 5,000 vessels. Complementing the presence of the owners and operators are charterers, financiers, suppliers, shipyards, national exhibits and professional service providers. It is one huge dynamic marketplace.

CMA Shipping 2019 will be he’d at the Hilton Stamford Hotel, Stamford, CT, USA.

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A Fusion Deal: AI Business sold to Informa (Knect365)

AI Business

AI Business, the media and events organisation dedicated to Artificial Intelligence in business, has has been sold to Knect365, Informa PLC’s Knowledge & Networking Division. Fusion Corporate Partners acted as corporate advisor for AI Business. The Fusion team was led by Mark Eisenstadt, Director at Fusion. The terms of the deals were not disclosed.

AI Business, is the foremost community in Artificial Intelligence for Business. The AI Summit Series and AIBusiness.Org provide exclusive content from the foremost innovators in AI; including Microsoft, Facebook, Amazon, Google, Accenture and IBM. The summit series and online portal cover all major industries where uptake of AI is significant, including; Marketing, Travel & Transport, Finance, Professional Services, Healthcare and Retail. The business was founded by Daniel Pitchford and George Kipouros, who will continue to drive the business forward.

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Fusion’s Mark Eisenstadt commented, ” ‘George & Dan have rapidly created the community forum for this dynamic and booming industry. It was a pleasure to represent such a professional and dedicated duo and their skilled and motivated workforce.  The Knect365 brand, offers enormous growth synergies within their Thought Leadership ecosystem. Fusion has recently and in the past represented for sale a number of leading edge innovation worldwide media businesses that are helping to drive the technology and telecoms sectors growth. We are pleased to be working with a number of other innovative, market leading related businesses that will come to market in the short to medium term.”

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A Fusion Deal: Green Power Global’s MIREC and AIREC Congresses sold to UBM

UBMGreen Power Global has sold MIREC (Mexico International Renewable Energy Congress) and AIREC (Argentinian International Renewable Energy Congress to UBM plc. Fusion Corporate Partners acted as corporate advisor for Green Power Global. The Fusion team was led by Paul Slight, Director at Fusion. The terms of the deals were not disclosed.

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Paul Slight

Speaking about the sale, Fusion’s Paul Slight said, “Nadim (Chaudhry, Founder and President of Green Power Global) is passionate about renewable energy and has witnessed the ongoing transformation of LATAM through these two events over the last few years. We were delighted to find in UBM a like minded group with a developed strategy for renewables in LATAM and an established local presence in Mexico through Jaime Salazar Figueroa. Together Nadim and the UBM team will be best placed to advance these events in Mexico and Argentina and at the same time advance the progression of renewables in LATAM with all the socio and economic benefits that brings to the area.”

MIREC, Mexico’s largest clean energy event, runs annually and is now in its seventh year. Known for connecting international equipment and service solution providers with power generation developers, MIREC is considered the must attend event for wind and solar farm developers, corporate and industrial consumers of electricity, utilities, government and service providers.  The 2018 edition of MIREC will take place May 21-25 in Mexico City.

AIREC, Argentina’s leading annual clean energy congress and exhibition is now in its third year. At the forefront of Argentina’s renewable energy revolution, the event’s content covers the new regulatory environment in great detail and provides in-depth insight into legal and financing complexities.  The 2018 edition of AIREC will take place October 22-25 in Buenos Aires.

“What is particularly exciting about the acquisition of MIREC and AIREC is that, in addition to building UBM’s presence in Latin America including our first event in Argentina, it helps establish the company in a space with so much promise—renewable energy.  UBM is strengthening its commitment to the future of renewable energy and is focused on developing a global portfolio of events that serves and stimulates this exciting sector,” said Scott Schulman, CEO, UBM Americas.

Nadim Chaudhry, Founder and President of Green Power Global, commented, “This new partnership with UBM will allow the events to benefit from the strength of UBM’s existing global portfolio of clean energy events, like Renewable Energy Expo India and the Battery Show, and to grow their level international participation.”

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A Fusion Deal: Layer123 sold to Euromoney

layer123Layer123, a content and sponsorship-led events business focusing on innovation in the rapidly-evolving space of telecoms network strategy, has sold a 61% stake in the business to Euromoney. Fusion Corporate Partners acted as corporate advisor for Layer123. The Fusion team was led by Mark Eisenstadt, Director at Fusion. The terms of the deals were not disclosed. Euromoney has options to acquire the rest of the equity in Layer123 over the next few years.

EuromoneyLayer123 was launched in 2010 and offers telecoms network events specialising in knowledge exchange between technical and network strategy teams from telecoms operators, software and hardware vendors and other service providers. The main focus of the business is network innovation for carriers, including SDN (Software-Defined Networks), NFV (Network Functions Virtualization), SD-WAN (Software-Defined WAN), Security, 5G Core, Access & Transport Networking and Optical Networking.

The founders, Robert Jones and Mark Lum, will remain with the business for at least the next three years. Mark Lum is a widely respected analyst with over 30 years’ experience in carrier network markets. Robert Jones has 20 years’ experience in event organisation, founding and building some of the world’s leading telecoms networking conferences and exhibitions.

Layer123 will be managed as part of Rosalind Irving’s Telcap portfolio, further expanding Euromoney’s presence in the telecoms markets.

“Layer123 welcomes the opportunity to join the Euromoney family of events and knowledge-based businesses”, said Robert Jones. “We see real opportunities to build the business over the coming years within such a well-regarded organisation. As a fan of the Capacity events for well over a decade, I’m confident that Layer123 will feel very much at home. We look forward to working with you!”

mark-eisenstadt_f_1_120_1Speaking about the sale, Fusion’s Mark Eisenstadt said, “It was a pleasure to represent Mark Lum & Robert Jones and their market leading business, Layer123. They have created the industry knowledge exchange for network strategy professionals. Euromoney offer the right philosophy, experience and resources to help exploit the enormous market opportunities offered by this dynamic and disruptive innovation sector. Fusion previously represented Telcap in their acquisition by Euromoney and have witnessed it’s further meteoric growth under their guidance. We trust this new partnership will breed similar success.”

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