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Acuris M&A acquires SparkSpread energy

B2B information. Acuris, the 19-year-old fast-growing company (formerly owned by the Financial Times and previously known as MergerMarket and now 70% owned by BC Partners, 30% by Singapore’s GIC), is a leading provider of global M&A data and research. It was acquired by the FT for £100m in 2006, sold to BC for £380m in 2013 and was valued last year at £1bn in GIC’s 30% deal. Its acquisition of the SparkSpread energy industry M&A service seems a logical bolt-on but may represent a broadening of the Acuris strategy to cover some vertical sectors currently best served by specialist services. Terms not disclosed.