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BC Partners Portfolio Company Mergermarket Reported to Sell Infinata for Under £20M

BC Partners Portfolio Company Mergermarket Reported to Sell Infinata for Under £20M

BC Partners, is said to have sold its Infinata unit for under £20 million, according to the Sunday Times. Infinata was founded in 1999 with the vision of using data to solve business needs. The company provides web- based solutions which help organizations in the Life Sciences and Financial Services industries turn information into insight. The firm’s first subscription based offering was BioPharm Insight, followed by BioPharm Devices, BioPharm Clinical, High Net Worth Insight and Plan Sponsor Insight. The move comes amid market speculation of a £1 billion potential exit of Mergermarket, which BC Partners acquired from British international publishing and education company Pearson PLC (LSE: PSON) for roughly £365 million in 2014. Founded in 2000, Mergermarket subscribers are said to include more than 3,500 advisory firms, investment banks, law firms, hedge funds, private equity firms and corporates. The company has over 1,000 staff in 65 locations around the world, including a 500-strong team of specialist journalists and analysts in 65 locations around the world with headquarters in London, New York and Hong Kong. Through its web-based products Mergermarket, Dealreporter, Debtwire, BioPharm Insight, PaRR, Wealthmonitor, Remark, Activistmonitor and its acquisition of Infinata, Xtract Research and Inframation Group, the company provides actionable financial intelligence, analysis and data to the advisory, corporate and financial communities. In 2006 Mergermarket was acquired by the Financial Times Group, a division of Pearson PLC, for £101 million. A year later, Mergermarket acquired Infinata, an information solutions and marketing analytics provider to the global financial service, life science, and high technology industries. BC Partners, founded in 1986 as Baring Capital Investors Ltd., was spun out of Barings following its collapse in 1995. The firm has grown and evolved into a leader in buyouts, principally investing in larger businesses in the region and selectively in North America through a network of offices in London, Paris, Hamburg and New York. The firm has over €12 billion in assets under management.]]>

Germany's Market Research Giant GfK Elects New Chairman, Said to Explore Exit

Germany's Market Research Giant GfK Elects New Chairman, Said to Explore Exit

WirtschaftsWoche. While concurrently facing a leadership crisis, after an extraordinary meeting the supervisory board of GfK SE said it appointed marketing expert Ralf Klein-Bölting as the company’s new chairman. GfK SE has a current market capitalization of $1.06 billion euro, and reported 1.5 billion euro in sales in 2015, with 13,485 employees worldwide. On September 13, Klein-Bölting will succeed outgoing GfK SE chairman Arno Mahlert, who together with CEO Matthias Hartmann recently announced their resignations, after ongoing disappointing financial results. “The top priority will be on further strengthening the operational business as well as the search for a new CEO,” Klein-Bölting said after his election. The 54-year-old joined the GfK SE supervisory board since May 2016, and is an expert in consumer marketing. He has over 23 years of experience in the branded goods, services and retail industries. Before founding NextBrand in Hamburg and becoming its managing partner in 2013, he served in senior management positions at Mars, Deutsche Bahn, Tchibo and Otto Group.. Klein-Bölting was among other things until July 2009, marketing chief at Deutsche Bahn. Since 2009 he has been a member of GfK Verein’s executive board. The roles of GfK Verein and GfK SE are, however, separate, the companies say. As a non-profit organization, GfK Verein is primarily focused on “fostering market research,” while GfK SE focuses on “the collection of market, brand and product-specific insights.” “The two institutions supplement one another: The GfK Verein benefits from its cooperation with GfK SE in the form of practical knowledge, such as current market developments and needs. GfK SE uses the GfK Verein’s research findings as background knowledge when it advises clients or develops new instruments and solutions,” GfK Verein says. GfK SE, established in 1934 as Gesellschaft für Konsumforschung (Society for Consumer Research) is Germany’s largest market research institute, and reportedly the fourth largest market research organization in the world, after Nielsen Company, Kantar Group and Ipsos. The company operates in over 100 countries and operates Norm Research & Consulting AB as a wholly owned subsidiary. “More than 13,000 market research experts combine their passion with GfK’s long-standing data science experience,” the company says. “By using innovative technologies and data sciences, GfK turns big data into smart data, enabling its clients to improve their competitive edge and enrich consumers’ experiences and choices.” GfK was founded by an association of university teachers, among them Ludwig Erhard, later Minister for Economics and Chancellor of Germany. In 2005 it acquired NOP World, based mostly in the United Kingdom, the United States and Italy, which was rated the ninth largest market research business in the world, a move described by the company as “the most important decision made by GfK since going public in 1999.” In 2008 it acquired an equity stake in Deep-Packet Inspection company Qosmos, in order to track and monitor Internet usage for marketing research. In 2011, GfK acquired Knowledge Networks (KN), based in Palo Alto, California, an online research firm focusing on consumer products and services, pharmaceuticals, retail, media, and public policy. KN’s Dimestore platform provides the ability to measure the effectiveness of digital ad campaigns with simple surveys of streaming video ads and real-time reporting. The GfK Verein was established in 1934, in response to Germany’s economic crises of the 1920s, primarily to “allow the voice of the consumer to be heard.” Consequently, the purpose of the Verein since its inception has been to promote market research. Today, the GfK Verein is a market research think tank acknowledged by those in both scientific circles and engaged in practical application. Its mission as a not-for-profit organization is to create and pass on knowledge. Its membership consists of approximately 600 companies and individuals. The purpose of the Verein is to develop innovative research methods in close cooperation with academic institutions, to promote the training and further education of market researchers, to observe the structures and developments in society, the economy and politics that play a key role in private consumption, and to research their effects on consumers. Survey results are made available to the membership free of charge.]]>