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Aug 08

Advised the shareholders of Brook Hunt on its sale to Wood Mackenzie

Quayle Munro is pleased to announce it has advised the shareholders of Brook Hunt, a market leading UK-based provider of analysis and advice on mining and metals markets, on the sale of the business to Wood Mackenzie, for an undisclosed sum. Wood Mackenzie is a leading provider of research and consulting services to the energy industry. Quayle Munro was appointed earlier this year as sole advisor to Brook Hunt and led the negotiations, structuring and execution of the transaction. Brook Hunt, established in 1975, provides its clients with in depth market analysis across the mining and metals industries, as well as one off detailed consulting assignments, allowing the most informed and competitive business decisions to be made.

Brook Hunt is a strong strategic fit for Wood Mackenzie due to the close similarities in culture and business models - based on proprietary information and independent, commercial analysis.

Wood Mackenzie was founded in 1973 and provides a unique range of research products and consulting services to the Energy industry.  The company is a premier supplier of ‘must have’ research and knowledge-based consulting to clients in virtually every major energy company, as well as leading financial services organisations, governments and government agencies across the globe.  Wood Mackenzie has grown significantly in recent years and currently employs around 550 staff making it one of the largest Energy research and consulting companies in the world.  The deal is the third acquisition made by Wood Mackenzie since July 2005, when leading European buyout house Candover first invested in the company and reinforces the company’s strategy to complement organic growth with infill acquisitions. 

Richard Wilson, Managing Director of Brook Hunt added: “Over recent years the mining and metals industry has shared similar dynamics to the energy industry, such as disconnects between supply and demand, a need for investment, the entrance of new players and consolidation of existing players. All these factors are driving an increase in demand for high quality commercial analysis and therefore provide Brook Hunt with a great opportunity for growth, which we will now be able to realise as part of Wood Mackenzie. Van Tulleken was instrumental in providing us with strategic guidance and insight throughout the process.”

Stephen Halliday, Chief Executive Officer at Wood Mackenzie, commented: “We are delighted to have found a company that we see as a perfect cultural and strategic fit for Wood Mackenzie, and which brings us an in-depth knowledge of mining and metals.

Andrew Adams, Managing Director, Quayle Munro, said: “The acquisition of Brook Hunt will considerably bolster Wood Mackenzie’s position in the energy industry and provide a fantastic platform for growth. We are very pleased to have been advisers to Brook Hunt on such a key transaction.  Van Tulleken has an unrivalled expertise in the Energy Information sector. We have recently advised on the sales of McClosky to IHS and Heren Energy to Reed Business Information.”The van Tulleken Company is a wholly owned subsidiary of Quayle Munro Limited.

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