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IMS Sells Off SDI Audit Businesses to InVentiv

US— Healthcare consulting firm InVentiv has agreed to buy some of the research products of SDI – which regulators said had to be sold for competition reasons following the acquisition of SDI by IMS Health.   The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) told IMS last year that it had to sell certain of SDI’s data products by the end of January, to ... Read More »

TransUnion Enters Brazilian Market with Acquisition of Crivo SA

TransUnion, has acquired a majority stake in Crivo Sistemas em Informatica S.A., a leading decisioning and analytics firm.  This acquisition marks TransUnion’s entrance into the Brazilian market. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. Crivo’s proprietary technologies are currently employed in growth industries such as credit, telecommunications, insurance and retail. Both Crivo’s market segments and capabilities closely align with ... Read More »

Thomson Reuters Acquired Dr Tax Software Inc.

The Tax & Accounting business of Thomson Reuters has acquired Dr Tax, Canada’s largest independently owned developer of income tax software for accounting firms and consumers. Dr Tax is known in Canada for its DT MAX tax compliance software, used by more than 3,000 Canadian accounting firms, and for its UFile and ImpotExpert consumer software lines, which are sold online ... Read More »

Nielsen Acquires ‘The Perishables Group’

Nielsen has acquired Chicago-based fresh food industry research specialist The Perishables Group. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.   The Perishables Group was founded by in 2000 by Bruce Axtman, who spun off a consulting practice he created while he was a Partner at Willard Bishop Consulting. The company’s offerings include consumer and trade research, syndicated data and category development ... Read More »

Bisnode Divests ONE Audit of Lundalogik (Norway)

Bisnode has signed an agreement to sell an operating unit within Lundalogik that is not consistent with the company’s core operations.  The unit is ONE Audit, a niched operating unit and product within Lundalogik that is focused on web-based tools for time reporting, document management, budgeting and invoicing for the auditing industry. The unit has four employees and annual revenue ... Read More »

Bisnode Strengthens Core Business in Nordic Region

Bisnode is following its strategy to streamline and focus on its core business. The market position in Denmark is being strengthened through the acquisition of 51 per cent of the shares in InfoDirekt AS, a leading provider of services for consumer marketing. InfoDirekt helps companies in Denmark to find, maintain and develop their customer relationships by offering effective marketing information ... Read More »

CoreLogic® has acquired privately-held Tarasoft, makers of the popular MLS system software Tarasoft Matrix®

Based in British Columbia, Canada, Tarasoft has steadily gained market share in the MLS (Multiple Listing) space since its inception in 1990, earning the respect of numerous real estate leaders throughout the United States and Canada. Offering outstanding performance and flexibility at every level, Tarasoft Matrix has become one of the premier MLS platforms worldwide. CoreLogic is a leading provider of ... Read More »

Experian Acquires Garlik Limited

Experian has acquired Garlik Limited, a provider of web monitoring services based in the United Kingdom. Founded in 2005, Garlik helps consumers to protect themselves from the risks of identity theft and financial fraud.  Through its main product, DataPatrol, Garlik captures and monitors information from a variety of sources across the wider web and social networking sites using its proprietary ... Read More »

Bisnode Signs Agreement to Sell German Subsidiary WLW

Ratos’s subsidiary Bisnode has signed an agreement to sell the company “Wer liefert Was?”(WLW) in Austria, Germany and Switzerland to the German private equity company Paragon Partners. This divestment is part of Bisnode’s strategy to focus on growth and development of the core business. The selling price amounts to EUR 79m (approx. SEK 710m) and is expected to generate a ... Read More »

Moody’s Analytics Acquires Barrie & Hibbert Ltd UK

Moody’s Corporation announced today that it has acquired Barrie & Hibbert Limited,  a leading provider of risk management modeling tools for insurance companies worldwide.  The acquisition was valued at GBP 50 million (USD $77.6 million), and was funded from cash on hand. The acquisition broadens Moody’s Analytics suite of software solutions for the insurance and pension sectors.  With more than ... Read More »

Callcredit has Acquired TenantID

Callcredit Information Group has acquired TenantID, UK & Ireland’s unique database that stores tenant letting histories, an acquisition that will see both Callcredit and TenantID work together to reach a critical mass of tenant held data. TenantID is a national database, already consisting of thousands of private tenants across the UK & Irish market. The database has been created to provide those ... Read More »

Veda Australia Acquires Verify

Veda, a leading provider of commercial and consumer data intelligence and insights, announced the acquisition of employment verification services business, Verify. The acquisition of Verify is a natural fit with Veda’s existing portfolio of identification, verification, fraud, and risk assessment services. Veda’s resources will help to increase the breadth of Verify’s verification capability, and strengthen its technology, infrastructure and processes. ... Read More »

Moody’s Analytics Acquires Majority Stake in Copal Partners India

Moody’s Corporation announced that it has acquired a majority stake in the companies of Copal Partners. Copal’s companies are among the world’s leading providers of outsourced research and analytical services to institutional customers. The terms of the transaction were not disclosed. The acquisitions complement the broad array of research, data, software and education services offered by Moody’s Analytics, and Copal’s ... Read More »

GB Group PLC Announces Acquisition of Data Discoveries Holdings Ltd (“Data Discoveries”)

GB Group Plc, the identity management specialist, announced the acquisition of the entire issued share capital of Data Discoveries for a total consideration of £0.61m.  Data Discoveries is a provider of trace software to Government and the debt collection industry which enables organisations to trace and make contact with individuals through a better understanding of their identity and behaviour. The ... Read More »