Brunswick lands Montgomery deal

Former Mirror Group CEO David Montgomery is using Brunswick to counter hostile German reporting of his acquisition of media group Berliner Verlag.

Brunswick partner James Hogan began advising Mecom, the investment group chaired by Montgomery, earlier this month after staff at Berliner Verlag's Berliner Zeitung paper gave the negotiations a frosty reception.

German coverage of the deal has drawn on Montgomery's reputation for ruthless cost-cutting.

US private equity group Veronis Suhler Stevenson and Mecom announced this Wednesday that they had agreed to buy Berliner
Verlag from Verlagsgruppe Georg von Holtzbrinck.

Upon the deal's expected completion at the end of next month, Montgomery will become non-executive chairman of Berliner Verlag's supervisory board.

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