DeSilva + Phillips Client Ascend Media Sells Professional Services Division to BNP Media

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DeSilva + Phillips, Media Investment Bankers, announced the acquisition of its client Ascend Media's Professional Services Division by BNP Media, a B2B media company headquartered in Troy, Michigan.

DeSilva + Phillips, Media Investment Bankers, announced the acquisition of its client Ascend Media's Professional Services Division by BNP Media, a B2B media company headquartered in Troy, Michigan.

Ascend Media's Professional Services Division includes all brands associated with its Stagnito Communications Food, Beverage and Packaging Group, based in Deerfield, Illinois, and its Gaming Division brands, based in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Stagnito Communications, acquired by Ascend Media in January 2005 as part of its acquisition of Medical World Communications, publishes fifteen magazines, together with associated events and e-media products, and is the global leader in food, beverage and packaging communications and the largest information source for food, beverage and packaging in the world.

The Gaming Division properties, acquired as part of Ascend's March 2003 acquisition of Atwood Publishing and GEM Communications, is the leading magazine and eMedia publisher and tradeshow organizer for the substantial and growing gaming industry worldwide. The Gaming Group produces the industry's leading publications, International Gaming & Wagering Business and Casino Journal.

DeSilva + Phillips, Media Investment Bankers, advised the seller, Ascend Media, in the transaction.

About Ascend Media, LLC
Ascend Media is a diversified business media company that owns and operates professional magazines and journals; organizes trade shows, conferences, and educational programs, and maintains online properties and databases serving the medical and healthcare industry. The company was formed and incorporated in 2002. Ascend Media is financially backed by CCMP Capital (formerly J.P. Morgan Partners) and Veronis Suhler Stevenson, and is headquartered in Overland Park, Kansas.

About BNP Media
BNP Media, the largest family-owned b2b media company in the country, helps people succeed in business with superior information through its portfolio of magazines, websites, conferences, tradeshows and market research. BNP specializes in the food, beverage, packaging, manufacturing, gaming, architecture & construction, mechanical systems and safety & security markets. BNP owns and operates more than 60 magazines, 40 events and 75 websites. BNP Media was incorporated in 1926 and is headquartered in Troy, Michigan, with offices around the country.

About DeSilva + Phillips, Media Investment Bankers
DeSilva + Phillips is a New York-based investment bank specializing in the media, digital media and healthcare communications industries. The firm provides M&A services and private placements of debt and equity to the medical and healthcare media, magazine, Internet, newspaper, book publishing, trade shows & events, information, educational, and marketing-services industries. DeSilva + Phillips has completed more than 185 transactions since 1996, and has been the leading provider of M&A advisory services for B2B and consumer publications since 2002. DeSilva + Phillips also sponsors The Healthcare Media M&A Summit, a unique full-day conference scheduled for October 4, 2007, at the New York Academy of Sciences in New York City. DeSilva + Phillips Corporate Finance LLC is a member of FINRA and SIPC. For more information visit Mediabankers.com.

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