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Verisk Analytics, Inc. Acquires Arium

Verisk Analytics, Inc. (Nasdaq:VRSK), a leading data analytics provider,  announced it has acquired Arium, an independent company specializing in liability risk modeling and decision support. Arium will become part of AIR Worldwide (AIR), a Verisk Analytics business, and will enable AIR to provide its clients with additional modeling solutions and analytics for the casualty market. “The industry has been searching ... Read More »

CoinDesk Acquires Lawnmower

CoinDesk, the leading media & events business in the bitcoin and blockchain industry, announced that it has acquired Lawnmower, a blockchain data and research platform. The full Lawnmower team will join CoinDesk in its New York office. Founders Pieter Gorsira and Patrick Archambeau, who built Lawnmower’s popular digital currency portfolio tracking application, will lead CoinDesk’s engineering team, while co-founder Alex ... Read More »

Ant Financial Acquires MoneyGram

Ant Financial Services Group, which is affiliated with Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. and is controlled by Alibaba founder Jack Ma, announced a deal Thursday to buy U.S. money-transfer provider MoneyGram International Inc. for $880 million.    Ant Financial will pay $13.25 a share for the Dallas-based company, a 12% premium to its Wednesday closing price of $11.88. On Thursday, the stock rose 8.8%, to $12.92. MoneyGram, which ... Read More »

Bertelsmann Division Arvato Acquires India-based IT Analytics Start-up Ramyam

Bertelsmann has acquired the Indian IT and analytics company Ramyam.  The Bertelsmann division Arvato , which handles hundreds of millions of consumer interactions for large clients worldwide, will utilize Ramyam’s product and IT development capabilities to offer new, innovative CRM solutions. With the investment, Bertelsmann further enlarges its footprint in its strategic growth region India. The partners agreed to not ... Read More »

Harte Hanks Completes Sale of Trillium Business

Harte Hanks (NYSE: HHS), a leader in customer relationships, experiences and interaction-led marketing, today announced the closing of the sale of Trillium Software to Syncsort for $112 million in cash. The Company used the net proceeds of the sale to retire its outstanding credit facility. Commenting on the transition, Chief Executive Officer Karen Puckett said, “We are pleased to have ... Read More »

Dun & Bradstreet Acquires Avention, the Maker of OneSource

Expands Presence & Offerings in B2B Sales Acceleration Market Dun & Bradstreet (NYSE: DNB) announced that it has acquired Massachusetts-based Avention, the maker of OneSource ® solutions. Avention provides organizations with a deeper understanding of company, contact, and market data, delivered through a robust technology platform. The acquisition positions Dun & Bradstreet as a leader in the Sales Acceleration market. The category provides Sales and ... Read More »

Bisnode Acquires Big Data Company Swan Insights

In order to ensure its leadership in Data & Analytics, Bisnode acquires Swan Insights and reinforces its Big Data Analytics capabilities. Bisnode, the leading European Data & Analytics company, now invests in strengthening the group’s Big Data Analytics capabilities by acquiring the Brussels-based company Swan Insights SA/NV. Swan Insights is an award-winning, recognized Young Innovative Company providing new-generation Business Information ... Read More »

Equifax Chile Expands Its Analytical Capabilities with the Incorporation of Mapcity

The majority acquisition of Mapcity aims to add deeper insights and capabilities through geographic data to Equifax’s wide range of solutions, powering its customers to make better business decisions. Equifax Chile announced the acquisition of majority ownership of Mapcity Geo, making it the leading geo-referencing services company in Chile and Peru. The incorporation of Mapcity will allow Equifax to expand ... Read More »

Atradius: Merger of European Credit Insurance Companies Completed

Atradius announced the completion of the merger of its two major European credit insurance companies Atradius Credit Insurance N.V. and Compañía Española de Seguros y Reaseguros de Crédito y Caución, S.A.U. into one single legal entity on 30 December 2016. This company has been renamed Atradius Crédito y Caución S.A. de Seguros y Reaseguros. The merger was approved by the ... Read More »

Mobius Acquires GISbiz Technologies Inc.’s GIS Data Services Arm

Mobius expands its data services portfolio with the recent acquisition of the services division of GISbiz, one of the leading Geographic Information Systems(GIS)  technology and service provider based out of Nashville, TN.  This addition expands Mobius’ formidable data services portfolio to include various GIS services including GeoCoding, Data Conversion, LIDAR data management, Photogrammetry data editing etc. GISbiz continues to focus ... Read More »

Verisk Analytics, Inc., Acquires MarketStance

Verisk Analytics, Inc. announced the acquisition of MarketStance, a leading provider of market intelligence data and analytics to the property/casualty insurance market.  MarketStance will become part of ISO, a Verisk Analytics business and a leading source of information about property/casualty insurance risk. “Our property/casualty customers are always looking for unique insights to help them profitably grow their business,” said Beth ... Read More »

Estonia’s Krediidiinfo AS Changes Name to Creditinfo Eesti AS

Starting immediately the largest provider of business information in Estonia – Krediidiinfo AS has been renamed to Creditinfo Eesti AS and will start using the corporate trademark Creditinfo. The change of name relates to the fact that at the beginning of this year 100% of company’s shares have been acquired by Creditinfo Group, the international credit information and credit risk management services provider. According to ... Read More »

Forrester: Navigating Change: 2017 Predictions

The consequences of today’s customer-led, digital-centric market are becoming clear: great change is upon us (and already happening in some cases). Forrester’s 2017 predictions reveal the big business and leadership, customer experience, and technology changes we anticipate in the coming year — and what to do about them. Business and leadership  The necessary and unavoidable changes to leadership and talent ... Read More »

Big Banks Invest $55 Million in Blockchain Startup Ripple’s Series B

Distributed ledger settlement startup Ripple has raised $55m in venture capital from a mix of financial industry heavyweights. Participating in Ripple‘s Series B round are Standard Chartered, Accenture Ventures, SCB Digital Ventures, the venture arm of Siam Commercial Bank and SBI Holdings. Additional investors include Santander InnoVentures, CME Ventures, Seagate Technology and Venture 51. In total, Ripple has raised $93m venture capital including earlier ... Read More »

ICRA Shareholders Approve Sale of ICRA Techno Analytics Limited

Shareholders of ICRA Limited (“ICRA”) have approved the sale of its wholly owned subsidiary ICRA Techno Analytics Limited (“ICTEAS”) to Nihilent Technologies Limited, a global consulting and solutions integration company, by passing special resolution through postal ballot including electronic voting. ICTEAS, based in Kolkata, provides information technology and business analytics services to a global client base. Source: ICRA Press Release Read More »

Iberinform Acquires an 80% Share in Ignios

Iberinform acquired an 80% share in Ignios and its subsidiary Gestifatura. The remaining 20% of the Ignios shares are owned by Vèrtice Fronteira SGPS. Created in 1947, Ignios was the first company to offer commercial and financial information in Portugal providing services to more than 8,000 users. Ignios, which has been for many years the source of information in Portugal ... Read More »

Moody’s to Collaborate with Euler Hermes on Credit Ratings for European SMEs

Moody’s Corporation (MCO) announced a collaboration with Euler Hermes Rating GmbH (EHRG), a Hamburg-based ratings agency, to provide credit ratings for small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and mid-cap companies across Europe. EHRG is a subsidiary of Euler Hermes (ELE:PA), the world leader in trade credit insurance. Euler Hermes Rating, through its collaboration with Moody’s, will launch new credit ratings services ... Read More »