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IK Consult is the Regional Partner in MENA for Results International, the global leader in building and realising value in the marketing, technology and communications industry . We excel in offering corporate finance and strategy advice to owner-managers exclusively in the marketing communications and digital media industryWe have been active on a number of buy and sell mandates in the region and most recently we prepared a comprehensive management consultancy study on the digital space in MENA. Our mandates in MENA cover consultancy work and both traditional and digital media, and have completed two deals in the digital space so far: Flip Media and AME Info (owned by the Top Right Group):

Results International are proud to have advised Flip Media on the acquisition by Publicis Groupe/Leo Burnett, announced on 1st February 2012. More details in the Media section. Imad Kublawi commented on the deal:

The partnership also sets a challenge to the communication industry as a whole that the time has come for everyone in the region to up their game or risk being left behind.  Increasingly consumers in MENA are spending more and more time online. Digital budgets will grow in line with these trends and new players such as Leo Burnett/Flip will provide brands in the region with the support they need.The Leo Burnett (Publicis)/Flip deal is probably the most significant agency deal in the Middle East in recent years.This deal is so important because the region now has an agency offering where digital will be truly embedded within the working practices and culture of the business as a whole.

5th June 2013 

Results International advises on sale of MENA based AME Info and SME Info websites to Mediaquest

Results International a global leader in building and realising value in the marketing, technology and communications industry has acted as corporate adviser to Dubai-based online business websites, AME Info FZ LLC and SME Info (owned by Top Right Group Ltd) on their sale to Dubai-based online and offline media owner, Mediaquest. 

The AME Info and SME Info websites are among the best-known and trusted portals for business news and content about the MENA region and provides 2.4 million unique users with comprehensive daily business information through their online presence.

 

In 2010 AME Info was awarded Superbrand status for a fourth time.

Imad Kublawi, Regional Partner – MENA at Results International, who advised the sale of the AME Info and SME Info websites comments: “We were pleased to work as corporate advisors on this transaction. The AME Info and SME Info websites have enormous pedigree and are synonymous with quality content. The Middle East is one of the fastest growing digital markets in the world and the AME Info and SME Info websites are among the most exciting in the region.

“One of the reasons we have seen only a handful of transactions in the broader marketing agency sector in MENA over the last few years (five in 2012!) is that while many start well, they can too easily take their eye off the ball and neglect to build value and equity over time as well as to plan a coherent exit strategy that scales the brand’s growth”.

Matthew Wright, Finance and Operations Director, MEA, Top Right Group, said: “AME Info and SME Info websites have built a strong following among the millions of people relying on the information they provides every day. Unlike MEED, the AME and SME websites operate to an advertising-led model and we believe that Mediaquest,a leading media group which has an existing portfolio of advertising led portals, will be a better long term partner for the websites than we can be. We wish the AME Info and SME websites continued success in their new home.”

 

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