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Aug 06

Advised Thomson Learning on the sale of KG Saur Verlag to Walter de Gruyter GmbH & Co

Quayle Munro announced today that it represented the interests of the publishing houses K.G. Saur and Max Niemeyer in their acquisition by Walter de Gruyter.

Walter de Gruyter GmbH & Co. KG takes on the complete publishing programme of K.G. Saur Verlag GmbH, which since 2005 has also included Max Niemeyer Verlag, a highly regarded academic publisher in the humanities. The acquisition, from Thomson Learning, gives Walter de Gruyter market leadership in classical studies, philosophy, linguistics, German studies, English and Roman language and literature, as well as library sciences and general library reference works. The Company will be based in Berlin.

Prof. Dr. Klaus Saur, CEO and Chairman of the Board of the Company said: "This fusion is a highlight in publishing practice. The publishing programmes complement each other perfectly. Because of high synergy effects in the editorial and sales worldwide, we see an unusually high potential for the future."

Kit van Tulleken, Quayle  Munro, commented, "This acquisition is a perfect fit for Walter de Gruyter. The enlarged business is now the largest humanities and social sciences publishing group in continental Europe."

About De Gruyter: The scholarly publishing house of Walter de Gruyter has for decades been synonymous with superior academic and scientific literature. Annually, the Company publishes more than 250 new books, over 60 academic journals, as well as various electronic media. As we cater to the academic world, de Gruyter feels particularly committed to the highest standard of quality in dealing with its customers and authors

About Thomson Learning: Thomson Learning, which is part of The Thomson Corporation, provides tailored education, training, reference, and assessment solutions to organizations and higher education institutions. The Thomson Corporation is a leading global provider of integrated information-based solutions to business and professional customers serving more than 20 million information users worldwide.

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