Mergers & Acquisitions

Qataris Enter Fight Over Lagardère’s Board
September 23, 2020 at 1:00 am

The three major shareholders of the parent company of Hachette Book Group—Vivendi, Amber Capital, and Qatar Capital—are now aligned in a push to control four of the nine seats on the company board.

Foundry's Co-Owners Launching New Companies
September 18, 2020 at 1:00 am

The co-founders of Foundry Literary + Media are launching new ventures. Yfat Reiss Gendell and Peter McGuigan, who started the full service firm 13 years ago, are amicably parting ways to create their own agencies: YRG Partners and Ultra Literary.

Private Equity Firm Agrees to Buy LSC
September 15, 2020 at 1:00 am

The private equity firm Atlas Holdings, with the support of a creditor group, has agreed to acquire LSC Communications in a deal that is expected to close before the end of the year.

Bertelsmann, HarperCollins Show Interest in S&S
September 2, 2020 at 1:00 am

In an interview with the 'Financial Times,' Thomas Rabe, chief executive at Penguin Random House's parent company, Bertelsmann, said he was interested in buying Simon & Schuster. Meanwhile, sources confirmed that, at a recent town hall meeting, HarperCollins CEO Brian Murray said HC was also looking into a deal for S&S.

LSC Auction Delayed Until September 9
September 2, 2020 at 1:00 am

The auction to acquire the assets of LSC Communications, which was to take place on September 3, has been postponed until September 9. Bids for the company have not yet been made public.

Hachette UK Buys Laurence King Publishing
September 2, 2020

Laurence King Publishing, the original publisher of adult coloring book queen Johanna Basford, has been acquired by fellow U.K.-based publisher Hachette UK in a deal signed August 31.

KKR Completes OverDrive Purchase
June 9, 2020

The investment firm KKR has completed its purchase of OverDrive. The deal had first been announced on Christmas Eve.

Trustbridge Global Media Acquires Walker Books
May 12, 2020

In another move to broaden its reach in the worldwide children’s book publishing market, Trustbridge has acquired Walker Books, the U.K.-based children’s publisher and owner of Candlewick Press.