PEI Media Group MBO backed by LDC

  • Sep 2015
  • Media & Technology
  • Sell-Side
  • UK
  • Management Buy-out

Livingstone’s Media & Technology sector team has advised the shareholders of PEI Media Group, a leading provider of business information focused on alternative assets, on a sale to management backed by LDC.

Founded in 2001 following a buy-out from Euromoney Institutional Investor plc, PEI has developed a portfolio of globally recognised publications, databases and branded events focused exclusively on alternative asset finance and investment. Its products and services sit at the heart of the fast-growing markets of private equity, real estate, infrastructure and private debt.

The PEI stable includes Private Equity International, PERE, Infrastructure Investor, Real Estate Capital and pfm. PEI has also expanded into emerging alternative investment fields and practices, successfully adding publishing brands such as Private Debt Investor, Agri Investor and Secondaries Investor.

Alongside its core publications and databases, PEI brands host over 50 events globally every year, with flagship annual conferences including Infrastructure Investor Europe in Berlin, PERE Asia in Hong Kong, PEI COOs and CFOs Forum in New York and PERE Europe in London.

The group’s founders, David Hawkins and Richard O’Donohoe, will continue to hold a minority stake in the company and become non-executive directors.

David Hawkins, co-founder of PEI Media Group stated: “Livingstone were a true trusted adviser to us – giving sage advice throughout. The focus and discipline they bought to what was a competitive process was invaluable and we are delighted with the outcome.”

Richard Fetterman, Partner at Livingstone London, commented: “The strong interest received for PEI reinforces the fact that premium providers of business information are highly sought after. I am sure that PEI and its team will go from strength to strength through its next phase of development.”

“PEI is an impressive business with market defining brands which sit at the core of alternative asset communities. With investment and support from LDC, the company can look towards implementing its strategic plans for growth and expansion of the business.” added Gavin Orde, Director at Livingstone London.

The completion of this transaction reinforces Livingstone’s credentials in the business information space following on closely from the MBO of Briefing Media, in July, backed by Lyceum Capital. Livingstone advised Lyceum Capital on that transaction.


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  • “Livingstone were a true trusted adviser to us – giving sage advice throughout. The focus and discipline they bought to what was a competitive process was invaluable and we are delighted with the outcome.”
    David Hawkins, co-founder, PEI Media

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