Feb 23, 2018

Smith, Gambrell & Russell Represents the FORUM Media Group in Acquisition of Trade Press Media Group

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ATLANTA (February 23, 2018) – Smith, Gambrell & Russell, LLP (SGR) is pleased to announce that the firm served as legal counsel to the FORUM Media Group (FMG), an international media company, in its acquisition of Trade Press Media Group, Inc. (TPMG), a business-to-business media and event production company.

With headquarters in Merching, Germany and subsidiaries in 17 countries, the acquisition of the Milwaukee-based TPMG solidifies FMG’s presence in the U.S. In addition to acquiring 100 percent of the shares in TPMG, the transaction included the acquisition of all of the assets related to a joint venture founded in 2000 with ROC Exhibitions, which manages the event production business unit. TPMG will continue its operations out of Milwaukee as a subsidiary of FMG.

The SGR legal team included Partner Tom Hong and Associates Emily McConnell, Erin Peterson, and Nick Flint in the Atlanta Mergers & Acquisitions Practice.

About the FORUM Media Group
The FORUM MEDIA GROUP GMBH (FMG) is an international media company based in Merching (Bavaria). FMG is one of the “largest specialist publishers in Germany” (Börsenblatt, 2016). In 2017, the group generated annual sales of approx. EUR 110 million and employed more than 1,200 people in Europe, Asia, North America and Australia. The company, which was founded in 1988, focuses on providing decision-relevant information for business customers, continuing vocational training as well as magazines, special interest publications and events for end customers. Further information at www.forum-media.com. 

About Smith, Gambrell & Russell, LLP
SGR is a full service, international law firm that advises regional, national and global businesses on a wide range of legal matters. The firm’s more than 220 attorneys provide legal counsel in more than 45 specialized practice areas, including corporate transactions, litigation, intellectual property, aviation, banking, real estate, construction and employment law. Founded in 1893, SGR has offices in Atlanta, Austin, Jacksonville, London, Los Angeles, Munich, New York, Southampton, and Washington, D.C.