Clarivate’s $5.3 Billion Acquisition of ProQuest

Davis Polk advised Clarivate Plc on the deal.

Clarivate Plc executed its approximately $5.3 billion acquisition of ProQuest from Cambridge Information Group, a family owned investment firm, and other partners including Atairos. The transaction, which is subject to customary closing conditions, including regulatory approvals, is expected to close during the third quarter of 2021.

Clarivate is a global leader in providing solutions to accelerate the lifecycle of innovation. ProQuest is a leading global software, data and analytics provider that delivers content and technology solutions to over 25,000 academic, corporate and research organizations in more than 170 countries.

The Davis Polk corporate team included partners Daniel Brass (Picture) and Joseph A. Hall and associates Erica Che, Matthew J. Cowcher and Dan Gibbons. The finance team included partner Sartaj Gill and associate Jack Orford. Partner Michael Mollerus provided tax advice. Partner Kyoko Takahashi Lin provided executive compensation advice. Partner Jesse Solomon provided antitrust and competition advice.

Involved fees earner: Daniel Brass – Davis Polk & Wardwell; Erica Che – Davis Polk & Wardwell; Matthew Cowcher – Davis Polk & Wardwell; Dan Gibbons – Davis Polk & Wardwell; Sartaj Gill – Davis Polk & Wardwell; Joseph Hall – Davis Polk & Wardwell; Michael Mollerus – Davis Polk & Wardwell; Jack Orford – Davis Polk & Wardwell; Jesse Solomon – Davis Polk & Wardwell; Kyoko Takahashi Lin – Davis Polk & Wardwell; Nathaniel Asker – Fried Frank Harris Shriver & Jacobson; Tobias Caspary – Fried Frank Harris Shriver & Jacobson; Joshua Thomas Coleman – Fried Frank Harris Shriver & Jacobson; Jason Ertel – Fried Frank Harris Shriver & Jacobson; Amir Ghavi – Fried Frank Harris Shriver & Jacobson; Kaitlin Gottlieb – Fried Frank Harris Shriver & Jacobson; Ashley Rose Haden – Fried Frank Harris Shriver & Jacobson; Shane Hoffmann – Fried Frank Harris Shriver & Jacobson; Erica Jaffe – Fried Frank Harris Shriver & Jacobson; Paul Michael Jindra – Fried Frank Harris Shriver & Jacobson; Alan Kaden – Fried Frank Harris Shriver & Jacobson; Paul Lee – Fried Frank Harris Shriver & Jacobson; Aleksandr Livshits – Fried Frank Harris Shriver & Jacobson; Andrew Malakoff – Fried Frank Harris Shriver & Jacobson; Brian Mangino – Fried Frank Harris Shriver & Jacobson; Melissa Meyrowitz – Fried Frank Harris Shriver & Jacobson; Kimberly Mihovics – Fried Frank Harris Shriver & Jacobson; Neda Moussavi – Fried Frank Harris Shriver & Jacobson; Hannah Mrakovich – Fried Frank Harris Shriver & Jacobson; Christian Nahr – Fried Frank Harris Shriver & Jacobson; Summer Quintana – Fried Frank Harris Shriver & Jacobson; Adam Ross – Fried Frank Harris Shriver & Jacobson; David Shaw – Fried Frank Harris Shriver & Jacobson; Samantha Steinfeld Rozell – Fried Frank Harris Shriver & Jacobson; Anjali Vohra – Seyfarth Shaw;

Law Firms: Davis Polk & Wardwell; Fried Frank Harris Shriver & Jacobson; Seyfarth Shaw;

Clients: Clarivate Analytics; ProQuest LLC;

Author: Federica Tiefenthaler