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A look at Mergers and Acquisitions in B2B this week…

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Ketchum, one of the world’s leading communications firms, and Daggerwing Group, a management consultancy, announced the merger of Ketchum’s leadership and change management unit, Ketchum Change, with Daggerwing Group. Both agencies are part of Omnicom Group’s DAS Group of Companies. The merger is effective Jan. 1, 2017 and the integrated entity will be known as Daggerwing Group.

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Ruder Finn announced it has acquired Daylight Partnership, a dynamic digital marketing and analytics consultancy with a focus on engagement, content, and data-driven insights. Daylight’s competitive edge is a dedicated Insights & Analytics team delivering a suite of products including predictive analytics, influencer mapping and social listening tools, in addition to innovative social and VR branded content.

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Razor Technology, a leading IT and cloud solutions provider, announced their acquisition of Atidan LLC, effective December 5, 2016. The acquisition will enable Razor Technology to deliver more expansive high-performance technology solutions to continue meeting their customers’ most complex business challenges.

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Vaco, a national consulting and talent solutions company, announced the formation of Pivot Point Consulting, a Vaco Company. Vaco’s healthcare IT division, Vaco Healthcare, acquired Pivot Point Consulting based in Seattle and Greythorn based in Bellevue, WA to offer expertise in EHR implementation, training, optimization, legacy and go-live support, project management and strategic advisory services.

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Roper Technologies, Inc announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Deltek in an all cash transaction valued at $2.8 billion.  Deltek is the leading global provider of software and information solutions for project-based businesses serving niche markets, including government contractors and professional services firms.

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GoDaddy Inc, a large cloud platform dedicated to small, independent ventures, announced it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Host Europe Group for €1.69 billion (US$1.79 billion), including €605 million paid to the selling shareholders and €1.08 billion in assumed net debt. The transaction has been approved by the GoDaddy board of directors and HEG’s shareholders and is expected to close in the second quarter of 2017, subject to customary regulatory and other closing requirements.

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The Mobile Majority, a data monetization and mobile media execution solution today announced that it has acquired Gimbal, the leading enterprise-grade mobile engagement and location intelligence platform used by some of the world’s largest brands, retailers, advertisers, venues, and out-of-home (OOH) networks.

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