Avisa acquires Gabara Strategies in London and IDA Group in Brussels and BerlinAvisa Partners, a global firm specialized in managing sensitive matters, is proud to announce the acquisition of two agencies, Gabara Strategies Ltd in London and IDA Group (“International Dialog Advisors”), with offices in Brussels and Berlin.
The acquisition comes shortly after Avisa Partners opened an office in Washington, D.C. With this expansion, Avisa has substantially increased its geographical footprint and range of services, establishing itself as a leading global strategic intelligence firm. The Group’s services now span the range from economic intelligence, risk management, public affairs, litigation support and global strategic communications, to core services such as international affairs, digital advocacy, cybersecurity and anti-counterfeiting operations.
Established by Ivo Ilic Gabara in 2008, Gabara Strategies Ltd is an integral part of the London professional services community, catering for the needs of global clients from across the world. Over the past 11 years, Gabara Strategies has devised and delivered communication campaigns to government and corporate clients from Latin America, Europe, Africa, Central Asia and South-East Asia.
Going forward, Gabara Strategies will trade as Avisa Partners London Ltd, a company fully integrated into the Avisa Partners Group, and Ivo will become Partner in the Avisa Holding Group.
Established in 2010, the IDA Group serves international clients in the fields of EU public affairs, governmental affairs and trade. IDA‘s sectorial expertise in the chemical, defence, automotive and life sciences industries is a perfect addition to the existing portfolio of Avisa competencies. IDA will now trade as Avisa Partners Germany GmbH, and Stefan Borst and Holger Knappenschneider will both become Partners in the Avisa Holding Group.
Commenting on the acquisition, Ivo Gabara said: “I firmly believe that Avisa Partners are the competitive intelligence firm of the future. Their capabilities put them at the forefront of innovation in our field of professional services, making them a key asset for leaders facing complex situations. Their phenomenal growth over the past years is testimony to that and I am very happy to join them as a Partner.”
Stefan Borst, one of the founders of IDA Group confirmed that “by joining Avisa Partners, IDA will be part of the first truly European champion in the sphere of risk management consultancies. We are excited about the new possibilities for our international clients”.
Matthieu Creux, President of Avisa Holding Group stated: “Avisa Partners, already a leader in competitive intelligence in Europe, will now enjoy an strengthened presence on both sides of the Channel and the Atlantic. Our multinational group is an ideal partner for leaders who want to take advantage of the opportunities they see abroad - all while mitigating the risks. I’m therefore thrilled to welcome Ivo, Stefan and Holger in the Avisa Partners Group”.
Avisa Partners, founded in France in 2010, is present in Paris, Brussels, London, Berlin and Washington, D.C. The group brings together under one roof an ecosystem of professionals in the fields of competitive intelligence, public affairs, international relations, cybersecurity and digital communications. Avisa Partners is a flagship European firm on the issues of online influence, the fight against misinformation, and the fight against counterfeiting. The firm is a one stop shop for leading global companies undertaking major growth operations (including M & A, entries into new global markets, and tenders), facing complex challenges (such as international negotiations, support litigation, or cyber-attacks), or seeking to cement their strategic positioning. With more than a hundred consultants representing twenty nationalities, the group has intervened in more than 75 countries over the past ten years.