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Market research’s new kid on the block

SPOT ON MARKET RESEARCH: Our market research specialist Ken Sonenclar braces us for the radical impact of blockchain technology on marketing data & insights. With cyberspace’s enfant terrible poised to unleash disruption on the established world order, we foresee the exciting opportunities lying in wait for the sector’s innovators. Why will self-sovereign identity (SSI) prove so valuable to researchers? How does blockchain fit into the…

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Market Research Spot On

MARKET INTELLEGENCE ON MARKET RESEARCH: In our third edition of market research Spot On, our specialist Ken Sonenclar delves deeper into the ways technology is disrupting the sector and looks at how the power of artificial intelligence can be harnessed for more rapid and efficient data gathering and market analysis. He also considers the potential pitfalls tied to the use of AI-driven technology, from tightening restrictions on…

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Creative Agencies Spot On

MARKET INTELLIGENCE ON CREATIVE AGENCIES: In our first edition of creative agencies Spot On, our specialist John Kaiser examines the historic shifts in the sector and shines a spotlight on the forces that are currently shaking up the industry and defining its future. He takes us from the rise of agency holding companies and massive consolidation in the mid-80s up to the encroachment of consulting firms, data-driven marketing…

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Creating an artificial intelligence platform for a financial data giant

DEAL FLASH: One of Oaklins’ TMT specialists in New York has advised the shareholders of Panjiva, Inc., a machine learning and data analytics company, on its sale to S&P Global, a leading provider of transparent and independent ratings, benchmarks, analytics and data to the capital and commodity markets worldwide. The combination of Panjiva’s exceptional team and technology with S&P Global’s market intelligence platform will create…

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Leading supplier of IT solutions for the insurance and pension industry joins European vertical market software provider

DEAL FLASH: Oaklins’ team in Denmark has advised Total Specific Solutions B.V. (TSS) in connection with the acquisition of FDC. Oaklins’ team in the Netherlands has a long-standing relationship with TSS and introduced the Danish team, who executed the transaction. Read more about the transaction, market trends, deal drivers and M&A valuation aspects.

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An exciting transformation of an iconic brand

DEAL FLASH: One of Oaklins’ TMT specialists in New York has advised Essence Ventures, LLC, an independent African-American owned company focused on merging content, on the acquisition of ESSENCE Communications Inc. (ESSENCE) from Time Inc. ESSENCE currently reaches a global audience of more than 16 million across its various platforms encompassing its signature print magazine, digital, video and social platforms, and television specials. Read more…

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Birth of an international software leader in the retail sector

DEAL FLASH: Oaklins’ team in France has advised the founder and management team of software solutions provider Cylande on the sale of the company to Cegid, a digital transformation group. This acquisition underpins Cegid’s ambitious growth plan to accelerate its development in the rapidly evolving retail sector. Read more about the transaction, market trends, deal drivers and M&A valuation aspects.

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Market Research Spot On newsletter

MARKET INTELLIGENCE ON MARKET RESEARCH: In this second edition of market research Spot On, our specialist Ken Sonenclar is pleased to share some high-level industry intelligence.  Technology is transforming the field of shopper marketing. Long a slow-moving, reactive segment of market research, the infusion of new algorithms, sensors and databases, plus a bottomless well of cheap computing power, has brought shopper marketing alive.    This…

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Creating a super acquisition platform

DEAL FLASH: Oaklins’ media team in New York has acted as the exclusive financial advisor to ASI Government Inc., a portfolio company of Excellere Partners, on the sale of its Virtual Acquisition Office (VAO) division to Compusearch, a portfolio company of ABRY Partners. ASI VAO is the leading provider of subscription research, information and educational services to government acquisition professionals. Read more about the transaction,…

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Birth of an international Industry 4.0 leader

DEAL FLASH: Oaklins’ team in France has advised the founders of AvenAo Industrie on the sale of the group’s SolidWorks distribution and integration activity to Prodways Group. Industrial manufacturing processes are entering into a new era driven by the Industry 4.0 revolution, introduced for the first time during the “Hannover Messe” in Germany in 2011. Read more about the transaction, market trends, deal drivers and…

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Online gambling Spot On newsletter

MARKET INTELLIGENCE ON ONLINE GAMBLING: The first edition of the Online Gambling Spot On newsletter zooms in on the dynamics of the online gambling sector that are changing more rapidly than ever before. You will find an overview of the market and valuation trends, M&A trends in China, the buyers’ landscape; as well as market consolidators talking about the future.

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Market research Spot On newsletter

HIGH-LEVEL INDUSTRY INTELLIGENCE ON TRANSFORMING SECTOR: The first edition of the Market Research Spot On newsletter is highlighted by an overview of the key digital technologies transforming the sector. We also take note of recent MR deals led by Oaklins’ firms, focus on one recent cross-border transaction and track the world’s leading, publicly traded MR organizations. Subsequent issues will continue to track this dynamic industry and emphasize critical trends.

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US Private Equity investment accelerates the growth of UK SaaS provider MDSL

DEAL FLASH: Oaklins Smith & Williamson has advised the directors and shareholders of Market Data Services Limited (MDSL) on the sale of the company to Sumeru Equity Partners (SEP). The strategic partner will support MDSL’s continuing growth and will strengthen the company’s position as a global TEM leader. Read more about the transaction, market trends, deal drivers and M&A valuation aspects.

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Leading Estonian cable operator acquired by Finnish mobile telco

DEAL FLASH: Oaklins’ team in the Baltics has advised the founding shareholders of AS Starman on the sale of the company to Elisa Oyj. The transaction is expected to create considerable synergies through cross-selling opportunities, service bundling and a more efficient use of shared resources. Read more about the transaction, market trends, deal drivers and M&A valuation aspects.

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Leading Nordic IT solutions provider acquires Finnish SaaS company

DEAL FLASH: Oaklins’ team in Finland has advised the owners of Movenium Ltd. on the sale of the company to Visma A/S, the leading Nordic IT solutions provider. The Nordic markets are characterized by digital transformation and a gradual shift away from traditional IT and multi-year ERP implementations to quicker projects that improve existing usability. The ongoing consolidation in this sector is contributing to the…

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US ad-tech software company acquired by Chinese private equity consortium

DEAL FLASH: Oaklins’ media specialist team in New York has advised Ad-Juster, Inc. on its sale to Innotech Capitals. Oaklins’ team in Shanghai identified the buyer and assisted with cross-border expertise. This deal is another example of the seamless cooperation between Oaklins’ member firms, demonstrating the organization’s added value through its global execution capabilities, industry expertise and contacts. Read more about the transaction, market trends,…

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Leading UK and Japanese document management businesses team up

DEAL FLASH: Cavendish, an Oaklins member firm in the UK, has provided full lead sell-side advisory services to the shareholders of Annodata Limited. The team worked with the seller to prepare the business for sale, including putting a second-tier team in place to manage succession, demonstrating recurring and cross-selling revenues, and hitting key financial metrics. Read more about the transaction, market trends, deal drivers and…

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Technology software investment in the USA

DEAL FLASH: Oaklins’ team in Cleveland served as the financial advisor to n2y LLC in its sale to global private equity firm The Riverside Company. n2y LLC is a leading developer of education curricula and teaching materials for K-12 students with special needs. Oaklins’ media specialist team in New York, which has particular expertise in the education and book publishing sectors, co-advised on the transaction.…

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Leading market research platform spins off service arm

DEAL FLASH:  Oaklins’ media specialist team in New York acted as the exclusive investment banking advisor on the sale by Vision Critical Communications Inc. (Vision Critical) of its North American Research & Consulting division (VCR&C) to MARU Group, a UK-based market research firm backed by Primary Capital Partners, a leading European private equity firm. The team originated the deal, worked with management to define the…

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Dual-track privatisation of Slovak Telekom

DEAL FLASH:  Oaklins’ Slovak and Czech teams advised Deutsche Telekom, the majority shareholder of Slovak Telekom, to acquire the remaining 49% stake in the company from the Slovak government’s National Property Fund for just over US$1 billion. In this transaction the teams acted as the joint lead manager, regional offering coordinator and financial advisor Read more about the transaction, market trends, deal drivers and M&A…

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Regional media network acquired by largest multimedia publisher in the UK

DEAL FLASH:  Smith & Williamson advised a substantial shareholder of Local World, one of the largest regional media networks in the UK, in the sale of the company to Trinity Mirror Group plc for US$350 million. In addition, the team agreed a deal for the client to acquire certain titles from Trinity Mirror Group once the transaction was complete. Read more about the transaction, market…

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Consolidation maintains its pace in the cyber security market

DEAL FLASH:  Oaklins’ Dutch team advised the Netherlands-based next generation endpoint security software developer SurfRight on the sale to UK-based Sophos Group PLC, a global leader in network and end user security solutions. Oaklins’ team originated the deal and acted as lead advisor to the shareholders of SurfRight. They set up an international competitive process leveraging its in-depth sector expertise and global reach. Read more…

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The right momentum for the fleet management industry

DEAL FLASH:  Oaklins’ Italian team advised the shareholders of W.A.Y. Srl, a leading Italian fleet management and geolocalization group, on the sale of a significant stake in the company to Telecom Italia Digital Solutions, the digital division of Telecom Italia SpA and the market leader in telecommunication services in Italy and Brazil. Oaklins’ team exclusively on the divestment of a large stake in the company…

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Medical communications and marketing agency

MEDIA DEAL FLASH:  Oaklins’ media specialist team in New York acted as the exclusive financial advisor to the shareholders of Symbiotix, Inc. in the sale of the company to Havas Health, Inc., a world leading healthcare marketing network and a subsidiary company of Havas. The team worked with management to define the marketplace positioning for Symbiotix Inc. and prepare the offering memorandum and other materials.…

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Global automotive quality tracking and customer satisfaction

MEDIA DEAL FLASH:  Oaklins’ media specialist team in New York acted as the exclusive financial advisor to the shareholders of RDA Group in the sale of the company to Ipsos. The team worked closely with the management to define the marketplace positioning for RDA Group and prepare the offering memorandum and other materials. Nearly 40 prospective buyers were contacted. The team led discussions with all…

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