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Lewis Silkin advises Next 15 on the acquisition of Circle Research

31 July 2017

Lewis Silkin, a leading international law firm to creative agencies, has advised Next 15, the AIM-listed digital communications group, on its acquisition of a B2B market research consultancy, Circle Research. This deal marks the second acquisition that the Lewis Silkin team has been instructed on for Next 15.

Circle Research, which counts Vodafone, Google, MasterCard, BSI and Facebook among its clients, will join Next 15’s data and insights subsidiary, MIG Global Limited. Circle generated net revenues of £2.2m, and an adjusted profit before tax of £1m. The acquisition allows Next 15 to build on their deep data and insights offering and is expected to enhance earnings for the Group.

This is the second acquisition in two days for Next 15. The first being the acquisition of UK-based digital agency Velocity Partners for £5.9m, on which Lewis Silkin supported the in-house legal team with tax, real estate and general corporate advice.

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The Lewis Silkin deal team was led by Head of Corporate, Paul Rajput, and supported by corporate tax partner Matthew Rowbotham.

Paul said:

“We were delighted to assist Nick and his team on these two further strategic acquisitions. Next 15 are driven and destined for success, and the year so far has been a busy one for the business on the M&A front. It has been a pleasure working with them.”

Nick Lee Morrison, General Counsel of Next 15 said:

“Paul and his team have once again been invaluable partners and have played a vital part in the deal process. Their industry knowledge was a great help as they provided us with the commercial and legal advice we needed in order to complete two acquisitions in two days.”

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