Wasserstein & Co. to by back ALM Media from Apax at a discount

ALM2Private equity and investment firm Wasserstein & Co has announced that it is buying back ALM Media, the publisher of American Lawyer and other titles, from its current owners, Apax Partners and the Royal Bank of Scotland. Ontario Pension Board, Pantheon, the Honeywell pension, and HighVista Strategies LLC are co-investing in the transaction alongside Wasserstein.

incisive_logo_newAccording to the New York Times, terms aren’t expected to be disclosed, but a person briefed on the matter said the price was about $417 million. In the summer of 2007, Wasserstein & Company sold ALM Media to Apax’s Incisive Media, the London-based trade magazine publisher, at the top of the market for $630 million.

Headquartered in New York City, ALM is an integrated media company and a provider of specialised business news, research and information, focused primarily on the legal and commercial real estate sectors. The company was created by the late Bruce Wasserstein. Later Wasserstein & Company was created as the investment vehicle of Bruce Wasserstein. ALM has nearly 700 employees across 16 offices worldwide. ALM’s portfolio of over 350 print and digital publications include The New York Law Journal, The American Lawyer, Corporate Counsel, Law.com, and The National Law Journal.

Michael Struble, Managing Director of Wasserstein & Co., added, “We are delighted to have the opportunity to own ALM again and look forward to working with ALM’s experienced management team to strengthen and unify its media brands and expand into value-added digital subscription products and services.”

Financing for the transaction will be provided by Macquarie Capital (USA) Inc. Jones Day served as legal advisor to Wasserstein & Co. Jefferies LLC acted as financial advisor to the Company, the Apax Funds, and RBS. Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP served as legal advisor to the Company and the Apax Funds. DLA Piper LLP (US) served as legal advisor to RBS.

The transaction is expected to close in the third quarter of 2014.

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Incisive Media in talks about a debt-for-equity swap

incisive_logo_newSky News is reporting that Incisive Media has begun talks about a debt-for-equity swap that would enable the business to shed its £100m-plus debt mountain and refocus on growing the business.

Alchemy Partners has been acquiring Incisive Media’s debts from other holders and is expected to continue to do so. Alchemy now owns roughly a quarter of Incisive’s borrowings and would end up as a major shareholder if the restructuring proceeds.

Incisive is a business-to-business information provider, serving a wide range of financial, business technology and professional services markets globally. The business has two offices in London, others in New York and Hong Kong and a representative office in Beijing. Private equity firm Apax paid £208m for the business in 2006, and then bought American Lawyer Media (AML) in 2007 for $600m. Since then the two businesses have separated with Apax retaining AML and surrendering control of Incisive Media.

Lenders to the company, including the Royal Bank of Scotland, would need to give their consent before a debt-for-equity swap could take place.

Read the full story here.

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