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Pensions Expert to continue under new ownership

DG Publishing, the company co-founded in 2004 by Neil Desmond and Brian Gielty, has announced that it has completed the acquisition of Pensions Expert from the Financial Times (FT) Group.

Pensions Expert to continue under new ownership
Brian Gielty: “It’s incredibly exciting to be able to take our business to another level through acquiring Pensions Expert.”

The news of the acquisition by DG Publishing follows the announcement from the FT Group that Pensions Expert will cease to publish at or around the end of March 2023.

The acquisition involves all rights to Pensions Expert’s brand, IP, website and previous content. This also means that the annual Pensions and Investment Provider Awards will continue to recognise outstanding achievements by the industry.

Commenting on the news, Neil Desmond, joint managing director, DG Publishing said: “We are delighted to take on Pensions Expert. It’s a publication that we’ve long admired for the quality of its content and journalism and fits nicely with our wider strategy to provide good quality content to the whole of the pensions industry. The acquisition of a publication of Pensions Expert’s standing is an amazing opportunity to grow our wider offering and activity, building on our already successful conference programmes.”

Brian Gielty, joint managing director, DG Publishing, added: “It’s incredibly exciting to be able to take our business to another level through acquiring Pensions Expert. We believe that great content and good, well-balanced, debate are crucial in helping the industry meet the challenges that it faces. We were sad to see that Pensions Expert was going to close, and by taking it on we hope to continue its tradition of leading the way with expert analysis and insight.

“We’d like to pass on our thanks to the Financial Times team in helping manage a smooth transition. Over the coming weeks and months we’ll be integrating Pensions Expert with wider DG Publishing activity as we look to build out the publication and we’ll share more on that shortly.”

Carola York, FT specialist managing director, Europe, said: "Pensions Expert has played an important role in sharing information and encouraging debate in the pensions sector over the last quarter of a century, and we believe that DG Publishing will be an excellent owner for the publication."

DG Publishing acquired Pensions Expert on 28 April 2023. The publisher says further information on how the publication will be integrated into the DG Publishing offering will follow.

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