Travers Smith LLP has advised long-standing client Bridgepoint Development Capital (BDC) on its acquisition of a majority stake in PEI Media – the global provider of insight, market-data and business conferences for professionals active in alternative asset class investment. The business is being acquired from its founders, management and minority shareholder, LDC.
PEI has a diversified portfolio of alternative asset-focused publications, databases and branded events. Headquartered in London, with offices in Hong Kong and New York, PEI currently employs c. 180 people and has clients based in over 80 countries. PEI's publications include PERE, Infrastructure Investor, Private Debt Investor, Private Equity International, Real Estate Capital, Private Funds Management, Agri Investor and Secondaries Investor, amongst others.
The Travers Smith team was led by Private Equity Partner Ian Shawyer, Private Equity Partner-elect George Weavil and Senior Counsel-elect Joanna Roberts, together with Private Equity Associates Robert Coward, Hanna Uhlin, Eve Dwyer and Becky Dove. Tax advice was provided by Partner Jessica Kemp and Senior Associate Thomas Rickford. Finance advice was provided by Head of Finance Matthew Ayre and Senior Associate Jonathan Clapshaw.
Other advisers who assisted BDC in this transaction included Raymond James (corporate finance), Deloitte (financial and tax) and AMR (commercial due diligence). The vendors were advised by Squire Patton Boggs (legal) and Livingstone Partners (corporate finance). Management were also advised by Liberty Corporate Finance.