November 18, 2020
Weil has advised Montagu Private Equity on its acquisition of ISI Emerging Markets Group (ISI) from CITIC Capital and Caixin Global. ISI provides macroeconomic, business and industry intelligence on global emerging markets, and has regional headquarters in Hong Kong, London and New York. The transaction is expected to be completed in December 2020, subject to customary closing requirements.
ISI’s subscription-based information services are used by financial institutions, multinationals, consultants and researchers worldwide and are available in more than 15 languages. Montagu has been investing in Northern European businesses since 1968, and the acquisition by Montagu will enable ISI to expand its market coverage and invest in its product offering.
The Weil team was led by Corporate partner Michael Francies in London, supported by Corporate associates Manjinder Tiwana, Bonian Wu, Michael Grant and Ellie Dagley, and Corporate counsel Ed Freeman. The London team included Tax partner Jenny Doak and associates Akash Mehta (Tax) and Briony Pollard (Technology & IP Transactions/Privacy); counsel Ivor Gwilliams and associate Thomas Weatherill (Employment); and associates Christopher Marks and David Shipton (Dispute Resolution). Weil’s Shanghai and Hong Kong offices worked closely with the core team and included partner and head of Weil’s China practice Charles Ching, along with associates Kevin Xin Wang and Briana Liu, and Corporate partner Henry Ong with associates Cynthia Ang and James Feng. Weil’s U.S. offices also provided support, with the team including Private Equity partner Shayla Harlev (Boston), associates Catherine Kim (Technology & IP Transactions/Privacy, New York), Wallis Linker (Private Equity, Boston) and Nathan Cunningham (Litigation, Washington, D.C.).