Taylor Rafferty Advised by AdMedia Partners in Acquisition by Xinhua Finance

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Acquisition of one of AmericaÂ?s leading investor relations firms by ChinaÂ?s premier financial services and media company part of larger M&A market trends.

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Not only have Xinhua Finance’s service lines established first mover advantage in China and Asia, but its management is developing specialized financial service capabilities to seize the world-wide opportunities created by the changing needs of issuers, investors and financial service professionals alike

Xinhua Finance (TSE Mothers: 9399), China’s premier financial services and media company, has announced its acquisition of the leading independent investor relations firm, Taylor Rafferty. The combination will significantly increase growth prospects for Xinhua Finance’s Investor Relations service line and for Taylor Rafferty’s client base and service offerings in China and across Asia.

AdMedia Partners represented Taylor Rafferty in this acquisition. AdMedia Partners is a New York investment banking firm specializing in the media, marketing, interactive and information services industries.

With more than 20 years of specialized capital markets experience and a blue-chip client list comprised of issuers operating across the world’s major capital markets, Taylor Rafferty is the leading independent investor relations and cross border financial communications advisor. With offices in New York, London and Tokyo, Taylor Rafferty’s service offerings include integrated Investor Relations, Media and Research and Analysis teams and global IT platforms, including "Capital iTM", the world’s most comprehensive global database of equity investment contacts.

Xinhua Finance CEO Fredy Bush said she was delighted that Taylor Rafferty is joining the Xinhua Finance group and cited the transaction as another example of Xinhua Finance building focused, complementary service lines across key global capital markets.

"This acquisition benefits Xinhua Finance by adding professional, independent IR consulting capabilities, capital markets processes and practices developed for many of the world’s leading public companies, and a global investor database and technological platforms, all of which have up until now been focused outside of China and Asia ex-Japan. Taylor Rafferty complements our current IR service line and financial communications offerings in China and Asia," Ms Bush said.

Taylor Rafferty Managing Directors Brian Rafferty and Jim Prout said the merger with Xinhua Finance presents the opportunity to help advance best practice investor relations in China and in Taylor Rafferty’s existing markets alike, providing the resources to seize new opportunities presented by the rapidly-evolving global capital markets. Brian Rafferty and Jim Prout will continue to lead its client service and practice development, and have signed agreements covering their employment in the coming years.

"Not only have Xinhua Finance’s service lines established first mover advantage in China and Asia, but its management is developing specialized financial service capabilities to seize the world-wide opportunities created by the changing needs of issuers, investors and financial service professionals alike," said Brian Rafferty, who co-founded the firm in 1982.

Managing Director Jim Prout, who joined Taylor Rafferty in 1988, prior to which he served as a Special Counsel with the US Securities and Exchange Commission said, "This transaction reflects Taylor Rafferty’s commitment to advancing the value-building capabilities of best practice investor relations, which we expect to be particularly powerful in the fast developing China market."

About AdMedia Partners

AdMedia Partners (http://www.AdMediaPartners.com) is a leading provider of middle market mergers and acquisitions advisory services to media, advertising and marketing services, and related interactive businesses. Founded in 1990, the firm has completed over 90 transactions since 1999.

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