Relx buys Bepress to boost academic publishing

Relx, the UK-listed information and analytics group, is buying California-based academic publisher Bepress — its third acquisition in the San Francisco Bay area in the past 18 months. Although Relx did not disclose the amount its science and health business Elsevier had paid for the company, which was founded in 1999 by three academics at the University of California, Berkeley, one person briefed on the deal valued the transaction at £100m.

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Electric Word is going private in a deal worth £16.58m

In a RNS this morning Electric Word has announced that it has agreed to its sale to a newly incorporated company controlled by owned and controlled by Riccardo Silva and Marco Auletta of Silva International for a total sum of approximately £16.58m. Since disposals of other assets last year Electric Word’s sole business has been SportBusiness, a name which the business will now revert to.

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Incisive Media founder Weller and CEO Whiteley lead MBO

Press Release: Investment Week founder Tim Weller and the leadership team of parent Incisive Media have secured a management buyout (MBO), that allows the business to accelerate its growth strategy under long-term private ownership. The MBO was led by Tim Weller, founder and chairman, CFO Jamie Campbell-Harris and CEO Jonathon Whiteley; a team who have worked together in the business for two decades.

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Euromoney acquires RISI, a leading price reporting agency, for $125 million

Euromoney Institutional Investor PLC (“Euromoney”), the international online information and events group, has agreed to acquire 100% of the equity of RISI, the leading price reporting agency (“PRA”) for the global forest products market. In its recent strategy update, Euromoney highlighted price discovery (the main activity of a PRA) as a key investment theme. The acquisition of RISI follows the acquisition in August last year of FastMarkets, a leading provider of real-time metals market pricing information, which has significantly enhanced Metal Bulletin’s position in price reporting.

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Hearst Acquires Aviation Service CAMP

Hearst has acquired CAMP Systems International Inc. in its latest move toward diversification in the information and data sectors. CAMP was acquired from GTCR, a private equity firm, for around $2 billion, according to sources familiar with the situation. The exact sum was not disclosed

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AXIO Group announces the sale of Vidal Group

AXIO Group, which manages a global portfolio of market-leading information businesses has announced it has received a binding offer from M3, Inc. to purchase Vidal Group (‘Vidal’), a leading European provider of reference drug information for healthcare professionals, for €100 million

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Informa to acquire Penton for £1.18b

Press release: London: Informa (LSE: INF.L), (“Informa”), the international Business Intelligence, Exhibitions, Events and Academic Publishing Group, has reached agreement with MidOcean Partners and Wasserstein & Co to acquire the entire issued and outstanding capital stock of Penton, the leading independent US-based Exhibitions and Professional Information Services group for £1,180m

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Euromoney acquires FastMarkets

Euromoney Institutional Investor PLC (“Euromoney”), the international online information and events group, and the owner of Metal Bulletin, the global metals and mining price reporting agency, has signed a binding contract to acquire 100% of the shares of FastMarkets

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Briefing Media acquires Global Data Systems in France

Briefing Media today announces the acquisition of Global Data Systems (“GDS”). GDS is the publisher of two market leading intelligence platforms: FeedInfo – the world’s leading source of news and premium intelligence for the meat, biotechnology and animal feed sectors; and FlexNews – a vital news service for senior executives working at multinationals in the global food industry

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Elsevier buys research sharing website

Elsevier, the scientific publisher owned by RELX Group, has bought the Social Science Research Network, a website on which academics share draft papers that have not yet been published in a peer-reviewed journal. On Tuesday, the company announced that it had acquired SSRN, which has more than 2m users and ranks as one of the world’s most popular repositories of research in economics, law and social sciences, for an undisclosed sum

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Intermediate Capital gatecrashes Argus Media auction

Sky News has learnt that ICG (LSE: 138026.L – news) – also known as Intermediate Capital Group – has tabled an offer to buy a sizeable stake in Argus, which is one of the UK’s biggest privately owned companies. ICG, which provides private debt, credit and equity across a range of industries, is an unexpected interloper into what has become one of the City’s most hotly contested auctions so far this year

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Wilmington acquires Evantage Consulting

Wilmington plc (“Wilmington” or “the Group”), the knowledge leader in Risk & Compliance, Finance, Legal, and Insight, announces the acquisition of Evantage Consulting Ltd (“Evantage” or “the business”), a leading UK-based provider of specialist Healthcare and Pharmaceutical Analytics solutions

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