Gerson Acquires TGR Research

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New York – Gerson Lehrman Group announced today it has acquired TGR Research, a Paris-based expert network focusing on continental Europe.  Terms were not disclosed.  While it is surprising that GLG has acquired another expert network, it speaks to the importance of international expansion to GLG’s strategy.

TGR Research

TGR Research was founded in 2007 by Axel Ronteix, a former S&P employee familiar with Vista Research’s business, Sébastien Gogé, a lawyer, and Antoine Tartiere, a marketing expert.  The firm is primarily focused on French-speaking portions of Europe, including France, Switzerland and Benelux, providing access to 8,500 experts.

The firm covers all industries but is particularly strong in energy, luxury goods, cosmetics, biotech, retail, and aerospace.  After initial success with corporations and consulting firms, TGR has expanded its client base to include mutual funds, hedge funds and private equity firms.   It has 30 French clients, which are the majority of its client base.  The firm currently has 10 employees.

TGR Research was Runner Up as a European specialist in Integrity’s 2008 ResearchFocusSM report on Expert Networks.  TGR scored highly on our measures of sourcing and matching, and was uniquely positioned to offer access to a broad range of local-language experts in France and French-speaking Europe.

GLG & TGR

With the acquisition of TGR, GLG has purchased a fully staffed Paris office.   France is a notoriously difficult market to crack, especially for firms not based there.  Through the acquisition, GLG gets access to an established network, an existing client base and trained staff.

GLG has been aggressively expanding its non-U.S. presence.  Asia was one of its first priorities with offices in Beijing, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Tokyo, Singapore and New Delhi.  In Europe, it opened a London office in 2004, Zurich in 2008 and Dublin in 2009.   Now, through TGR it has a Paris office.

The full press release follows:

September 15, 2009

Gerson Lehrman Group expands its presence in Continental Europe with the acquisition of Paris-based TGR Research

New York, NY — September 15, 2009 — Gerson Lehrman Group, the world’s leading expert network, today announced that it has acquired TGR Research, a French pioneer in the expert network industry. By acquiring TGR Research, Gerson Lehrman Group expects to add thousands of leading European experts to its network, bolster its commitment to the key French market, strengthen its client-service team throughout Europe, and gain a strong platform to accelerate its growth across Europe.

Gerson Lehrman Group manages the world’s largest marketplace for expertise. The Gerson Lehrman Group Councils is a membership organization comprised of more than 200,000 subject-matter experts—including business leaders, academics, physicians, lawyers, scientists, and technologists— who use Gerson Lehrman Group’s Web-based platform to market their expertise. Gerson Lehrman Group clients—the world’s leading executives, investors, consultants, and lawyers—find and engage these experts through a wide variety of consulting methods, including telephone consultations, surveys, and in-person meetings. Gerson Lehrman Group has built a host of proprietary technologies—profiling systems, search algorithms, contract management and payment systems, and compliance systems—to make the process of connecting experts and professionals easy, quick, accurate, and scalable.

Gerson Lehrman Group has 17 offices worldwide and more than 850 clients including the world’s leading investment firms, consulting firms, law firm, and corporations.

Founded in Paris in 2007 by Axel Ronteix, Antoine Tartiere, and Sebastien Goge, TGR Research has enjoyed tremendous growth and currently counts more than 30 of the leading financial services firms and consulting firms in France among its clients. TGR Research manages a network of more than 8,500 subject-matter experts, the majority of whom are based in France.

The acquisition of TGR Research bolsters Gerson Lehrman Group’s European offering and underscores its continued commitment to build the global marketplace for expertise. Gerson Lehrman Group first entered Europe by opening a London office in 2004, followed by Zurich in 2008, and Dublin in 2009. By acquiring TGR Research, Gerson Lehrman Group will be able to accelerate its growth in the important French market.

“Gerson Lehrman Group continues to build our global client base and membership of the world’s leading experts,” said Alexander Saint-Amand, Chief Executive Officer of Gerson Lehrman Group. “By acquiring TGR Research we are providing clients with an expanded European expert membership and a first-rate client service team in Paris. And, in turn, TGR’s clients can now access an expanded range of services from Gerson Lehrman Group’s global expert network and client service team.”

“We are delighted to become part of Gerson Lehrman Group, the global marketplace for expertise,” said Axel Ronteix, CEO and co-founder of TGR Research. “By integrating TGR Research into Gerson Lehrman Group’s technology and professional services platform, we will be able to deliver more value for our clients and accelerate our combined growth in Europe.”

About Gerson Lehrman Group

Gerson Lehrman Group provides technology and services to support a marketplace for expertise. Since 1998, its platform for consultation and collaboration has helped the world’s leading financial services firms, consultancies, corporations, and nonprofits find, engage, and manage experts in a broad range of industries and disciplines. Gerson Lehrman Group’s unparalleled network of the world’s leading expert consultants, known as the Gerson Lehrman Group Councils, includes more than 200,000 subject-matter experts who educate and provide insight to decision makers through a wide range of consulting methods, including telephone consultations, expert surveys, and seminars.

Gerson Lehrman Group has invested in one of the world’s most sophisticated infrastructures for expert recruiting and compliance. For more information about Gerson Lehrman Group, please visit www.glgroup.com.

About TGR Research

TGR is the leading expert network in France. Founded in Paris in 2007 by Axel Ronteix, Antoine Tartiere, and Sebastien Goge, TGR has enjoyed tremendous growth and currently counts more than 30 of the leading financial services firms and consulting firms in France among its clients. TGR Research manages a network of more than 8,500 subject-matter experts, the majority of whom are based in France.

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