TGP Investments Buys Ascend Media’s Events Unit

TGP Investments has acquired the Event Media unit of Ascend Media Holdings. No financial terms were disclosed. Ascend Media is currently controlled by its lenders, led by Wells Fargo. It previously was owned by CCMP Capital and Veronis Suhler Stevenson, until defaulting on its debt covenants earlier this year.


Noyes announced today that the firm represented Ascend Media Holdings (“Ascend”) in the sale of its Event Media unit to TGP Investments, LLC. Terms of the transactions were not disclosed.

Ascend’s Event Media business unit is a value-added provider of publications and media to tradeshows, conferences and association/corporate events. As a well-respected publisher of event media products, Event Media has contributed to enhancing thousands of conferences and events over the last two decades. The Company’s services allow clients to increase attendance at their events, engage attendees in education and other programs, build membership and further promote the image and brand of their organization through the creation and distribution of custom event media products. These products include daily newspapers, program directories, exhibit guides, e-newsletters as well providing the most extensive suite of digital products in the industry. Event Media offers a portfolio that meets the needs of clients throughout the event lifecycle: pre-event marketing, publications during an event, and post-event follow-up materials.

“This is an excellent outcome as TGP Investments, LLC is a local, Kansas City based private equity group with the right experience to help the company grow,” said Tom O’Connor, the Berkery Noyes Managing Director who managed the transaction on behalf of Ascend Media Holdings.

Vicki Masseria, who is CEO of the parent company Ascend Media Holdings said, “The Event Media division is a premier franchise whose reputation has been built over decades. We are very pleased to have completed this transaction and sold to a party that intends to continue that legacy.”

“This is excellent outcome as TGP Investments, LLC can capitalize on the franchise and support Event Media’s growth,” said Mark Brockelman, who is CFO of the parent company Ascend Media Holdings.

Berkery Noyes acted as exclusive financial advisor to Ascend Media Holdings on the sale. Berkery Noyes has been involved with many of the most notable transactions in the healthcare, pharmaceutical tools and services, and medical marketing sectors involving both strategic and financial buyers and sellers.

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