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November 13, 2013
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UK: MCI Group Buys Congrex Belgium

handshakeThe organizing and managing giant MCI Group has bought Congrex Belgium, its collapsed competitor.
”I can confirm we have made an offer for Belgium,” said Richard Torriani, VP Congress Management for MCI. He was also able to reveal that all 19 staff members of the Congress Belgium office will be keeping their jobs. And that MCI Brussels will be keeping their clients.

“MCI, in close collaboration with the Congrex Belgium management team, have had productive discussions with their existing clients and we expect that all will integrate the MCI Brussels’ clients’ base,” said Torriani. “As we transition all operations to MCI, we will discontinue the use of the Congrex brand. We will work with all clients to ensure a seamless continuity of service.”
MCI’s acquisition will add critical mass to its existing operations and diversify its client portfolio while strengthening its leading market position. Congrex Belgium provides full-service association management, strategic planning, and stakeholder relations to international trade associations and professional societies. “MCI identified the opportunity, did our due diligence, found the operations to be in good condition, and are happy to take them over,” declared Torriani. “We look forward to working with the existing management team as we continue to grow our consulting services together.  Our office in Brussels becomes the indisputable leader in association management and consulting in the international Brussels-based market.”?
It is understood there are no other divisions of the bankrupt Congrex company being considered by MCI for acquisition. ?“Our industry is and always will be resilient,” said Torriani. “MCI is very happy with this acquisition that brings operational, social and strategic value. We strongly believe that Congrex Belgium’s clients will continue to thrive and we look forward to introducing them to MCI’s portfolio of strategic services.”

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