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M&Awww.exhibitionnews.co.uk 15Easy to showVario display kits . 14 solutions - straight out of the box . quick set-up for self-assembly - animated guides online . no special toolsRTD Systems Limited10 Lyon Road South Wimbledon London SW19 2RLsolutions@rtdsystems.co.uk www.octanorm.co.ukT 020 8545 2945 F 020 8545 2955Vario_kits_60x190_v1_110111.indd 312/1/11 16:11:09DEALMAKERSInforma, Clarion and Reed Exhibitions dominate the latest acquisitions list in the UK and abroad, as Steve Monnington reports he main deal in this month's column sees Informa significantly adding to its business in Brazil with two acquisitions. Firstly it purchased Brasil Trade Shows from private equity fund DLJ South American Partners. The company, which was originally acquired by DLJ in 2007, runs exhibitions in the food, furniture and franchise sectors. These are not core Informa sectors so this seems to be more of a geographical play. Informa's second buy is Ibratexpo, whose flagship event is Serigrafia. This acquisition is much more strategic and complements Informa's IPEX, one of the largest print exhibitions. Maximum price is £81m.There has been lots of acquisition activity and other business development in the UK in the last month. Clarion Events added to its portfolio of energy conferences with Energynet, organiser of a series of energy conferences end executive meetings addressing Africa's energy needs. The main event - Africa Energy Forum - took place in Paris in June. Clarion has been steadily building its conference business in each of its geographic markets and energy is providing one of its main sources of growth.Clarion also bought out the Guild of Fine Foods from its joint venture (JV) Speciality Food Show in Scotland. It looks like this was more about the Guild's desire to exit from a business where it has no hands-on involvement, than Clarion wanting to invest in acquiring the remaining shares as Scotland is not exactly top of Clarion's strategic to-do list.It's a case of buy one, sell one for Reed Exhibitions. After 12 years together, the Fresh RM joint venture with Montgomery is coming to an end with Reed selling its 50 per cent stake to its partner. It's not clear which partner provided the impetus for this demerger, which encompasses Hotelympia, IFE and a host of other events for the food and hospitality sector. This seems to be the month for buyouts from associations as, on the buy side, Reed acquired the European edition of ITCA, Europe's largest travel catering exhibition from the International Travel Catering Association and has already rebranded it World Travel Catering Expo. The event travels around Europe and will next take place in March 2012 in Hamburg alongside Aircraft Interiors Expo, which Reed acquired from UKIP Media in 2007.Mack Brooks continues to build strategic partnerships. Following its JV with Inter-ads in India, it is acting as local facilitator in a new joint venture with Emap. The partnership makes sense for Emap as, with the possible exception of the UAE, the company lacks infrastructure outside the UK to rollout its business but needs to find ways to expand its portfolio of events. It will be interesting to see which of Emap's shows are considered logical candidates for brand replication.In France in a further consolidation of the Paris fashion and related events, WSN Developpement, which manages Who's Next and Premiere Classe for Comexposium, has acquired 50 per cent of Charly Expo, organiser of Mess Around - the Shoe and Leather Goods show. All of these events will run concurrently at Porte de Versailles in Paris in September.- Steve Monnington is the MD of Mayfield Media Strategies. TThere has been lots of acquisition activity in the UK in the last month