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January Member News

Reorg Announces Partnership With the European Leveraged Finance Association (ELFA)

Reorg, a financial media and technology company, recently announced its partnership with the European Leveraged Finance Association (ELFA). ELFA is a trade association for European leveraged finance investors, and works to establish and enhance industry best practices by promoting education as well as advocating for increased market transparency.

Kent Collier, founder and CEO of Reorg said, “We are delighted to enter into this partnership. Our reporters, analysts and legal experts, who together make up the ‘Reorg Trifecta,’ have deep expertise in the leveraged finance and distressed debt market, and we look forward to engaging with ELFA and its members to contribute to its mission of providing more transparency to the European credit market.”


BoardIQ/Ignites, Money-Media Publications, Hire Garcia as New Data Reporter

Adrian Garcia has taken on the post of data reporter at BoardIQ and Ignites at Money-Media, a Financial Times company, Talking Biz News reports. Previously, Garcia was a contributor at Marijuana Business Daily. Before that, he was at Bankrate working as a data journalist and analyst where he covered credit cards and personal finance.


SIPA Member Newsletter Assets for Sale

After being a SIPA member for several years, Monique Leahy of Wordsworth Law Publications Inc. has decided to cut back her subscription newsletter business and put her assets up for sale. She would be happy to assist with any transition. “Current law and medical writers [are] willing to work for new owner producing new content.”

These assets include:

Digital medical/law reports and companion newsletter archives. The publications provide vital medical and litigation analysis and practice materials for the risk management, attorney, physician, insurance, and related markets and have great potential for the right buyer.

Content comprises 95 reports (55+ pages each) on medical litigation topics plus top-tier expert guidance and topic-specific medical and law information. “Content has significant potential as a fold-in or new vertical.”

There is no broker involved, and the archives are being offered directly from the current owner. Reply to mleahy@wordsworthlaw.com or 212.213.0222.


BlueConic Lands $13 Million in Series B Funding

BlueConic, provider of a customer data platform, has pulled in $13 million in Series B funding, bringing its total financing to $25 million. The round was led by new investor Spring Lake Equity Partners with participation from existing backer Sigma Prime Ventures and angel investors. Dan MacKeigan, founding partner of Spring Lake, has joined the BlueConic board.

The company says it is equipped to help brands improve their marketing while complying with the California Consumer Protection Act (CCPA) and other laws.

“In an era of consumer privacy regulations like GDPR and CCPA, brands are unprepared to orchestrate individualized marketing for every stage of the customer lifecycle while also respecting individual privacy,” states BlueConic CEO and co-founder Bart Heilbron.


RIP Horace Hildreth Jr., Former CEO, Diversified Communications

Horace Augustus Hildreth Jr., “Hoddy”, died Dec. 12, 2019, at his home in Falmouth, with his family by his side. He was 87.

From the Portland Press Herald: “The family business, Diversified Communications, became a strong broadcasting and trade show company under his leadership. He became CEO in 1980, and his approach was to focus on people and strategy. With his leadership team, he built a culture of excellent business performance, good communication, treating employees well, and good corporate citizenship. He believed strongly in empowering people, and was known for the phrase, ‘Hire good people and get out of their way.'” A former Maine state senator, he had a passion for the conservation of Maine lands.


RIP Nathaniel Parsons, Former SIPA Employee

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Nat Parsons worked for SIPA when I started here in 2009. He was always in a good mood, talked gloriously about his dogs and worked hard to help SIPA.

Nat passed away late last month—he had moved to the Denver area a few years ago. I saw the announcement on Facebook accompanied by many loving tributes. This one came from Abbey Parsons:

“I can’t express how heartbroken we all are at this time. Your sense of humor was unmatched and always needed to lighten the mood during stressful situations. I knew I could always get support from you to pursue my dream of being a veterinarian from our shared love of animals. We love you so much.”


If you have any news, hirings, transactions, awards or anything else you’d like fellow members to know about, please email me at rlevine@siia.net. Thank you and happy new year!