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Marlin & Associates

January 07, 2011 06:00 ET

Marlin & Associates Honored for Advising on Two More 'Deal of the Year' M&A Transactions

Sixth and Seventh 'Deal of the Year' Awards Provide Momentum for 2011

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - January 7, 2011) - Marlin & Associates ("Marlin"), the boutique investment banking and strategic advisory firm, today announced that the firm has again been recognized for advising on recent significant merger-and-acquisition transactions. Marlin received 'deal of the year' awards for advising on:

  • Middle-Market 'Deal of the Year' (From $50mm to $100mm) for its role in advising Hugin (Oslo, Norway) on its sale to Thomson Reuters by NYSE Euronext; and
  • Financial Services 'Deal of the Year' ($500mm and less) for its role advising SMARTS Group (Sydney, Australia) on its sale to NASDAQ OMX.

"Winning seven 'Deal of the Year' Awards is unprecedented for us," said Marlin & Associates' Managing Partner and Founder Ken Marlin. "We are pleased to be recognized by our peers and humbled by the attention. It is our pleasure to gather momentum for 2011 as we help our clients successfully close well-executed deals."

Marlin & Associates is one of the most active investment banking firms providing strategic and financial advice to worldwide buyers and sellers of middle-market technology firms. Marlin's team of professionals have extensive experience from advising on more than 200 transactions involving companies that provide information and technology to a wide range of communities including those that serve the banking, capital markets, insurance, marketing and healthcare arenas. Other recent global Marlin & Associates clients include Deutsche Börse, NYSE Euronext, Reed Elsevier's LexisNexis, McGraw Hill's Standard and Poor's (S&P), SWIFT, and NaviNet as well as a large array of firms owned by entrepreneurs, corporations, private equity and venture capital firms worldwide.

Each year, The M&A Advisor, a conference producer and newsletter publisher serving the middle market finance industry, recognizes top deal-making professionals serving the $10 million - $1 billion (sales) market in fields such as investment banking, private equity, legal services, and accounting. The M&A Advisor nominates firms and individuals for awards based on their creativity and resourcefulness, persistence, business savvy, and value-added. The finalists are judged by an independent body of experts who represent a cross-section of the middle market financing industry.

The award winners were announced at the 9th Annual M&A Awards Gala and Summit at the New York Athletic Club in New York City.

About The M&A Advisor
Since 1998, The M&A Advisor has been the preeminent organization facilitating connections and recognizing achievement in the top performers of the M&A, turnaround and financing industries through its leading Awards, Summits, M&A ALERTS™ newsletters, M&A LINKS™ social network, M&A MARKET INTEL™ research and publishing service and M&A CONNECTS™ business development services.

About Marlin & Associates

Marlin & Associates Holding LLC is a boutique investment banking and strategic advisory firm specializing in acquisitions and divestitures of U.S. and international middle-market firms that provide technology, digital information and healthcare-related products, technology and services. The firm is headquartered in New York, NY and has additional offices in Washington, DC and Toronto, Canada. Further information can be read at www.MarlinLLC.com.

Marlin & Associates Securities LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Marlin & Associates Holding LLC, is a broker-dealer registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission and is a FINRA/SIPC member firm (www.finra.org). Investment banking and/or securities are offered through Marlin & Associates Securities LLC. Marlin & Associates' professionals have advised on more than 200 successfully completed transactions. Some other recent clients that Marlin & Associates has advised include:

- NaviNet, Inc. of Cambridge, Massachusetts, which Marlin & Associates advised on the purchase of Prematics;

- iSuppli of El Segundo, California, which Marlin & Associates advised on its sale to IHS (NYSE: IHS);

- Qatarlyst of Doha, Qatar, which Marlin & Associates advised on its acquisition of RI3K;

- SMARTS Group of Sydney, Australia, which Marlin & Associates advised on its sale to NASDAQ OMX (NASDAQ: NDAQ);

- SWIFT (Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication) of Brussels, Belgium, which Marlin & Associates advised on its acquisition of Ambit Messaging Hub from SunGard;

- Strategic Analytics of Santa Fe, New Mexico, which Marlin & Associates advised on its sale to Verisk Analytics (NASDAQ: VRSK);

- Logical Information Machines, Inc. (LIM) of Chicago, Illinois, which Marlin & Associates advised on its sale to Morningstar, Inc. (NASDAQ: MORN);

- NYSE Euronext (NYSE: NYX) of New York, New York, which Marlin & Associates advised on the sale of its Hugin subsidiary to Thomson Reuters (NYSE: TRI);

- Vhayu Technologies of Los Gatos, California, which Marlin & Associates advised on its sale to Thomson Reuters (NYSE: TRI);

- Standard & Poor's of New York, New York a division of The McGraw-Hill Companies (NYSE: MHP), which Marlin & Associates advised on the sale of its Vista Research subsidiary to Guidepoint Global;

- Tenfore of London, England, which Marlin & Associates advised on its sale to Morningstar, Inc. (NASDAQ: MORN);

- LexisNexis of Dayton, Ohio, which Marlin & Associates advised on the sale of its subsidiary Mealey's Conference to Business Valuation Resources (BVR);

- InfoDyne Corp. of Park Ridge, Illinois, which Marlin & Associates advised on its sale to International Business Machines Corp. (NYSE: IBM);

- Orimos of Zurich, Switzerland, which Marlin & Associates advised on its acquisition of ION Trading;

- LowerFees, Inc. of Westlake Village, California, which Marlin & Associates advised on its sale to Bankrate, Inc. (NASDAQ: RATE);

- Netik LLC of London, England and New York, New York, which Marlin & Associates advised on its simultaneous acquisition of Capco Reference Data Services and the replacement of its primary investor, The Bank of New York Mellon Corp. (NYSE: BK), with Symphony Technology Group;

- Applied Financial Technology (AFT) of San Francisco, California, which Marlin & Associates advised on its sale to Lender Processing Services (NYSE: LPS);

- Xcitek LLC's Market Data Division of New York, NY, which Marlin & Associates advised on its sale to Interactive Data Corp.

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