Roubini Global Economics (RGE), a macroeconomic strategy research firm, announced the acquisition of UK-based Country Insights, which provides country risk analysis. Terms of the acquisition were not announced.
Country Insights was spun-off in 2011 from John Howell and Co Ltd, a UK-based advisory firm focusing on financial and economic policy and regulation. The firm’s research is based on a quantitative model it calls Quantitative Country Analytics (QCA), which covers 174 countries with more than 100 types of data for each country. The firm claims success in forecasting vulnerabilities that led to the Ireland and Iceland debt implosions and the broader eurozone crisis.
Clients of the firm are primarily institutional investors, as well private equity firms, sovereign wealth funds, and investment banks. The Country Insights team will be relocated to Roubini Global Economics’ London office.
Last October, there were rumors that RGE was being shopped for sale. The offering document reportedly estimated that 2011 revenues would be $14 million with a loss of $2 million.
As we reported in April, BCA Research, a subsidiary of Euromoney Institutional Investor PLC, recently launched a new service which combined geopolitical analysis with investment strategy.