Why the WPP hack could damage Big Data’s rise
Why the WPP hack could damage Big Data’s rise
Hacks are becoming increasingly big – and common news these days. Scarcely a month goes by without another major corporation being hacked, whether it’s for financial gain, political or terrorist motivations, or simply mischief. 

First of all there was the “WannaCry” attack of May, which affected Windows machines at the NHS, Deutsche Bahn, FedEx and Telefónica. And last month, of course, advertising giant WPP became the latest victim. On June 27, WPP employees reported systems crashing and ransom demands as the result of the “Petya” attack.

Green Square and Intermarketing Agency at The Drum Business Jam Leeds: Agency Growth July 2017
Green Square and Intermarketing Agency at The Drum Business Jam Leeds: Agency Growth July 2017
Barry Dudley and Intermarkeing were delighted to join The Drum Business Jam seminar in Leeds to explore "Is there such a thing as normal in the market any longer?" and how this impacts agency growth in 2017.

Brexit’s Got Talent? - a roundtable discussion with Green Square and The Drum
Brexit’s Got Talent? - a roundtable discussion with Green Square and The Drum
As negotiations over the UK’s departure from the European Union inch closer to officially starting, agency M&A advisers Green Square invited a selection of agency leaders with offices across Europe to lunch at The Ivy.

On the menu was the question: what are the implications of Brexit on the availability and movement of industry talent and the crucial importance of agency culture to future success.

Green Square advises Intermarketing Agency on its sale to Advantage Smollan
Green Square advises Intermarketing Agency on its sale to Advantage Smollan
Green Square is proud to have advised the shareholders of Intermarketing Group, one of the UK’s largest and most respected independent marketing agencies, on its sale to Advantage Smollan.

With 170 staff across offices in London, Leeds, Amsterdam and Sydney, Intermarketing is an integrated, creatively-driven and service-led agency with a focus on ROI.

Why the Bollorés' Vivendi-Havas merger has echoes of another media dealmaking dynasty
Why the Bollorés' Vivendi-Havas merger has echoes of another media dealmaking dynasty
Two media dynasties. One selling, one wants to buy. The reasons for them doing so are broadly similar (consolidation and the ability to compete in global markets – of which more later), but the outcomes may be different.

First of all, the news that Vivendi, the media giant which owns Universal film studios and Universal Music, as well as TV stations like Canal+, is buying 60% of marcomms group Havas (owner of Havas, Victors & Spoils, FullSix, Arena, Arnold, H4B, Work Club and many others across the globe) for €9.25 a share. This values the deal at over €2.3bn and the whole of Havas at €3.9bn, an 8.8% premium over the value of the shares at the close of trading following the announcement.

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