RWS Holdings acquires Article One Partners

RWS1RWS Holdings plc, a provider of intellectual property support services and life sciences and commercial language services, has acquired Article One Partners, LLC, an IP information business based in the United States, for $8 million. AOP had revenues of $3.7 million for the year ended 31 December 2016,

 AOP’s online crowdsourcing platform links its clients to a community of over 42,000 researchers, across more than 170 countries, to provide them with access to IP intelligence that informs their litigation, licensing, patent enforcement and IP acquisition strategy decisions. The platform is able to match AOP’s clients’ requirements with researchers in the right technical field and geography.  

Andrew Brode, Chairman of RWS, commented: “The acquisition of AOP is a natural fit to accelerate the development of our growing Patent Information division and will provide clients with a complementary, online resource to aid their intellectual property research needs.

 “We see a number of opportunities for the business to benefit from RWS’s scale and global presence, particularly given our established sales team’s ability to offer clients the fuller range of intellectual property services across multiple geographies, so we are excited about the potential for this additional service going forward.”

Chalfont St Peter, Buckinghamshire, UK & New York, NY, USA

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Campus Management acquires Hobsons’ Admissions software business from DMGT

CampusCampus Management Corp., a provider of cloud solutions and services for higher education institutions, has acquired the Hobsons’ Admissions software business from DMGT. The terms of the deal were not disclosed. 

The Admissions business consists of the Radius, AppReview, ApplyYourself, Connect, and Retain CRM and application management product lines. It accounted for approximately a quarter of Hobsons’ revenues in the year to date

The approximately 100-person team of CRM and application management staff will move across to Campus Management.

“As we continue to evolve our CampusNexus® engagement platform, fostering communications and relationships throughout the student lifecycle, we look to constantly improve upon what we offer to the market,” said Campus Management CEO Jim Milton. “The CRM and application management products add to our already strong CampusNexus suite to achieve that goal, and the addition of the very talented Hobsons team members reinforces our mission to deliver the higher education platform and services that enable institutions to transform their academic delivery, student success, and operational efficiency, on their terms.”

Boca Raton, FL & UK, London

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Newsquest acquires NWN Media

NewsquestNewsquest Media Group has acquired NWN Media Ltd, the publisher of 13 local news brands across North and Mid Wales, Cheshire and Shropshire. The terms of the deal were not disclosed,

NWN’s portfolio comprises 12 weekly newspapers and one daily, with associated websites, including the likes of The Leader (Wrexham and Flintshire), the Chester Standard, the Powys County Times, the Denbighshire Free Press, the Whitchurch Herald and the North Wales Chronicle. NWN also operates an extensive contract printing operation.

Henry Faure Walker, Newsquest CEO said: “NWN Media comprises a stable of really strong local media brands that command great trust and unrivalled audiences in their communities. We’re looking forward to working with the NWN staff as they continue to transition their business to a successful and more sustainable future. We aim to facilitate a structure whereby they can benefit from the resources that Newsquest can provide whilst enabling them to carry on doing what they do best – namely providing first class local content, and advertising solutions for the readers and businesses in their region.”

UK, London & UK, Flintshire, Wales

Informa acquires Dove Medical Press

DoveInforma PLC has acquired Dove Medical Pressa privately held company specializing in the publication of Open Access peer-reviewed journals across the broad spectrum of science, technology and especially medicine. The terms of the deal were not disclosed.


Dove Medical Press was founded in 2003 with the objective of combining the highest editorial standards with the ‘best of breed’ new publishing technologies. The company 
has offices in Manchester and London in the United Kingdom, representatives in Princeton, New Jersey in the United States, and editorial offices in Auckland, New Zealand. 

Stephen A. Carter, Informa Group Chief Executive, said: “The addition of Dove Medical Press adds strength and capability to our OA portfolio, further increasing choice and flexibility for researchers across a widening range of subject areas. Its track record, publishing platform and growing reputation in Health Sciences enhance our Journals business, strengthening our position in the attractive and growing OA market.”

Dove Medical Press is an independent OA journals publisher, founded in 2003, producing a range of quality OA journals, mainly in Health Sciences, with additional content in Science and Technology. A large proportion of its journals are indexed by the Web of Science and PubMed and a growing number have established and improving impact factors. Leading titles include OncoTargets and Therapy, International Journal of Nanomedicine and Clinical Ophthalmology. 

The company has offices in Manchester and London in the United Kingdom, representatives in Princeton, New Jersey in the United States, and editorial offices in Auckland, New Zealand. 

Financial details were not disclosed but the transaction is expected to be modestly accretive to adjusted earnings in the first full year of ownership and deliver a return on investment ahead of the cost of capital within three years.

UK, London & Manchester

Next Fifteen Communications Group acquires Charterhouse Research

Next 15Next 15 Communications Group plc, the digital communications group, has acquired Charterhouse Research Limited through its data and insights subsidiary, MIG Global Limited. Charterhouse is a specialist financial market research consultancy.

Charterhouse ResearchCharterhouse was founded in 2004 by four market researchers, Julie Irwin, Mark Dennis, Sara McFadzean and Mervyn Flack. Julie will continue to run the business as Managing Director with Mark and Sara continuing in their position as Directors; Mervyn is relinquishing his role as Chairman.

Next 15 are paying an initial consideration of £2.75 million. That is £1.74 million for the business and £1.01 million for the net assets. £2.58 million is being paid in cash with the balance through the issue of 41,598 new ordinary shares.

Further cash payments may become payable based on the profits of Charterhouse for the years ending 31 January 2019 and 31 January 2020. .

For the year ended 31 August 2016, Charterhouse reported turnover of £2.69 million, adjusted profit before tax of £0.59 million and net assets of £0.78 million.

Tim Dyson, CEO of Next 15, commented: “Next 15 is committed to building a deep data and insight capability at its core. Charterhouse is an important step in that strategy, significantly enhancing our financial services offering. The combination of MIG’s technology driven consultancy and data offering with Charterhouse, a leading specialist in financial market research, will help drive deeper and more actionable insights to the financial services industry.”

Application has been made to the London Stock Exchange for the new ordinary shares to be admitted to AIM and it is expected that admission will take place on 29 September 2017. Following the issue and allotment of the new ordinary shares, the Company will have 75,516,196 ordinary shares in issue. No ordinary shares are held in treasury.

UK, London

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Time Out Group acquires 80 Més 4 Publications

Time OutTime Out Group plc has acquired 80 Més 4 Publications, the Group’s Spanish licensing partner who currently runs Time Out in three cities in Spain.

 The Time Out brand launched in Spain in 2008 to cover Barcelona; Time Out Madrid followed in 2014 and Time Out Girona in 2016.

The business, acquired with cash and deferred share consideration, provides the Group with further growth and monetisation opportunities across e-commerce, advertising and Premium Profiles.

In August 2017, Time Out Group also added, at no cost, Time Out Singapore and Time Out Seoul to its network of owned and operated businesses which now comprises 76 cities in 20 countries. Including its licensing partners, Time Out has a worldwide presence in 108 cities across 39 countries.

Julio Bruno, CEO of Time Out Group plc, said: “Over the past several months, we have expanded Time Out Group’s footprint around the world as we continue to deliver on our strategy to grow our network of owned and operated businesses. We now have a strong presence in APAC and the acquisition of Time Out Spain will further consolidate our already significant presence in Europe.

UK, London & Spain, Barcelona

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WPP invests $5 million in Gimlet Media

wppWPP is investing $5 million for a minority stake in Gimlet Media, Inc., a global podcasting company based in the US.

Gimlet’s advertising and branded-content clients include Alphabet Inc., Ford Motor Company, PepsiCo, Match Group, eBay, Blue Apron, Goldman Sachs and Microsoft Corporation. Gimlet is based in Brooklyn, New York and was founded in 2014. It employs 85 people.

Gimlet’s podcasts are downloaded over 12 million times per month in over 190 countries worldwide. Gimlet’s programming spans a variety of verticals like StartUp (business), Reply All (internet culture), Mogul (music), Homecoming (scripted fiction), Uncivil (history), Science Vs (science), Crimetown (true crime), The Nod (Black culture), among many others. Gimlet also produces branded podcasts on behalf of advertisers. Since its founding, Gimlet has raised US$27 million in funding.

UK, London & USA, New York

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