International law firm Osborne Clarke has advised the shareholder of Trans-Global Events, Mike Robinson, on the sale of a majority stake in the company to CloserStill Media, the producer of market-leading business events, exhibitions and conferences.

Trans-Global Events operates specialist trade shows and conferences across the United States and Europe serving the hydrogen technology and carbon capture sectors, in particular the rapidly growing and award-winning Hydrogen Technology Expo and Carbon Capture Technology Expo events.   The acquisition represents the latest addition to CloserStill's new Future Transport and Infrastructure Group.

Launched in 2021, the co-located events take place annually in Houston (June) and Bremen, Germany (September) and have enjoyed exponential growth as industry increases its focus on, and investment in, decarbonisation.   The events are currently the world’s largest showcase for hydrogen and carbon capture technologies, fuel cells, materials, components, and engineering solutions for energy production and industry usage.

CloserStill Media specialises in high-value, content-driven events and the nurturing of B2B or professional communities. The company operates events across a wide range of sub-vertical sectors within Business Technologies, Healthcare and Future Transport and Infrastructure across the U.S., Europe and Asia, with operations and 600 staff in the U.K., USA, Germany, Spain and Singapore.

Mike Robinson, founder of Trans-Global Events, said: "The team at Osborne Clarke provided a high-level service throughout the M&A process with CloserStill Media. The acquisition process also required a company restructure: the team at Osborne Clarke were able to advise on everything from commercial advice through to tax, employment, and the reorganisation of the business. In summary the entire process was conducted professionally and promptly."

Trans-Global Events was advised by Osborne Clarke’s market leading corporate team, led by Partner Ken Wilkinson, who was supported by Senior Associate Mythri Reddy and Associate Kamila Bochenek.  Senior Associate Carla O'Neill provided employment advice, whilst Associate Director Ian McKenzie and Associate Chelsea Aspeling provided commercial advice. Partner Mathew Oliver and Senior Associate Jonny Squires advised on tax matters. Partner Tom Lewis assisted with a pre-sale reorganisation of the business.

Osborne Clarke advises some of the best and brightest businesses across the events, publishing and marketing services sectors. It is widely recognised for its corporate expertise in these dynamic markets, and its track record advising on M&A deals across Europe and at every stage of company development across all corporate issues. The team is also a go-to practice for many companies in the tech, media & comms sectors, working with global businesses to fast-growth start-ups and market challengers.

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