MediaFund

How can we help?

MediaFund delivers deals. Principally working for sellers, we gather everything we can about your business and put it into a readable-by-buyers shape so that a non-binding indication of value can be reached. From there, and after some negotiation, we manage the process until completion.

We focus purely on companies rich in intellectual property and data, be they internet businesses (we bought netdoctor.com for Hearst) or magazine businesses (most recently ATP and Scotland magazine) and events and book publishers (Health Press to Karger SA).

Founded in 1991, MediaFund operates from a London base and is recognised in media as a transactional expert by the traditional and online media and by specialist investment banks and their communities. MediaFund has worked on deals worth from under £1 million up to £850 million.

Having worked with public media groups as well as privately held companies, we have an unrivalled address book, with daily updated knowledge, for accessing the contacts that can do deals.

Our first-hand knowledge of over 3,000 media industry players and our access to specialist databases makes us extremely well qualified to pinpoint potential partners and acquirers. In addition, we have established relationships with legal and financial experts across Europe, India and the USA.

Prior to founding MediaFund in 1991, Piers Russell-Cobb worked at Ansbacher Media, responsible for M&A of media companies in and across Europe. He previously worked in book publishing, the film business and as a creative in a West Coast advertising agency in the US.

MediaFund has become one of the best known and trusted firms involved in expediting media mergers and acquisitions.

“It’s tempting to think that we can do everything ourselves with the skills we have within our business. However, we have grown to realise how beneficial it can be to work with specialist consultants. Over the past year, in the area of acquisitions and disposals, we have been delighted with the valuable insight and expertise demonstrated by Piers Russell-Cobb of MediaFund. His knowledge of the industry and an ability to negotiate a deal to a swift completion has played a fundamental part in the re-focusing of our business.” Steve Wright, CEO, Kelsey Media

Some of our clients:

  • Arcadia Books
  • Athene
  • Bauer Media
  • BBC
  • Bertelsmann
  • DMGT
  • The Ecologist
  • The Economist Group
  • Financial Times Group
  • Future Publishing
  • Havas Health Press
  • Hearst
  • Hubert Burda Media
  • Illustrated London News
  • John Brown Publishing
  • Kelsey Media
  • Mediterraneum Editions SARL
  • Multi-Science Publishing
  • Progressive Media
  • Research Media
  • Studio News
  • WV Publications & Exhibitions
  • Warner Music Group
  • Wiley Blackwell