Shard Media Group and The M&A Advisor announce JV for Europe

shardmediagroup-011Press Release: LONDON, 30 September 2016 – Shard Media Group is pleased to announce that they have reached an agreement for the establishment of a joint venture with New York and London based The M&A Advisor to expand the company’s event, publishing and media services into the UK and Europe through its Shard Financial Media brand.

The M&A Advisor was founded in New York in 1998, as the first dedicated media company to offer insights and intelligence on mergers and acquisitions. Today, after expanding to London in 2014, the firm is recognised as the world’s premier think tank and leadership organisation for m&a, restructuring and corporate finance professionals.

Led by finance media industry veteran, Luke Broadhurst, Shard earlier this year acquired the assets of Athene Publishing, a specialist publishing and events provider with a long-established reputation as the market leader in the UK Credit, Asset Finance, Turnaround/Business Recovery and Payroll sectors.

In addition to publishing the Best Practices of the Best Dealmakers series in over 60 countries, The M&A Advisor has hosted the International Financial Forum, Cross Border M&A Awards and the Emerging Leaders Awards in London. As well, the company has engaged industry leaders from the UK and Europe to bring market analysis to its global constituency. Most recently, The M&A Advisor has published the finance industry’s most comprehensive analysis of the EU Referendum Vote and its effect on mergers and acquisitions, private equity and high yield bonds.

Under the terms of the agreement, Shard will produce The M&A Advisor’s events and media programs in the UK and Europe while the two firms will collaborate on restructuring and other financial services properties in their respective markets. The M&A Advisor will continue to directly manage their EMEA market research, publishing and investment consultancy service from London. In November, Shard and The M&A Advisor will co-host the Corporate Innovation Summit featuring the inaugural EMEA Corporate Development Awards to recognize excellence in strategic m&a.

“The UK and European financial markets are undergoing significant change at this time. The partnership with Shard combines our industry expertise with their extensive market experience and will allow us to provide our comprehensive range of services at a time when the UK and European corporate finance community can benefit from it the most,” states The M&A Advisor President and Co-CEO, David Fergusson.

Shard MD, Luke Broadhurst commented: “Shard Media Group is a new company that is developing quickly, enjoying a leadership position in the market with our significant event and media brands delivering valuable services to thousands of market leading institutions and organisations. Our expansion into the Mergers and Acquisitions and Corporate Finance sectors is a natural, strategic development for Shard and capitalises on our vast financial services knowledge.”

Wholly owned subsidiary Shard Financial Media, founded in 2005, has a respected presence in consumer and commercial lending, collections and credit management, payroll and rewards, and turnaround, restructuring and insolvency. Our expert teams have an enviable reputation for producing content across digital, face-to-face and print channels, creating both compelling in-house editorial and collaborative content alongside its clients and communities. We leverage esteemed brands with expert personnel, producing brands such as Credit Strategy, Credit Summit, Credit Awards, Payroll World and the Turnaround, Restructuring and Insolvency Awards.

Founded in 1998, The M&A Advisor was the first dedicated media company to offer insights and intelligence on mergers and acquisitions. As the world’s premier think tank and leadership organization for m&a, restructuring and corporate finance professionals, the firm provides a range of integrated services including: The M&A Advisor Forums and Summits; The M&A Advisor Market Intelligence; M&A.TV.; The M&A Advisor Live; The M&A Advisor Awards; and The M&A Advisor Connects.