Nielsen Tradeshow Unit Acquired By Private Equity Firm

Nielsen Tradeshow Unit Acquired By Private Equity Firm

Toronto-based private equity firm, Onex Onex Corp., said Tuesday that it has acquired Nielsen Expositions from its parent, an affiliate of Nielsen Holdings NLSN +1.42% N.V., for $950 million in cash consideration. Nielsen Expositions is an operator of business-to-business tradeshows in the United States, including several in the jewelry industry.

With the closing of the sale, the company was renamed Emerald Expositions, Inc., based in San Juan Capistrano, Calif. It produces more than 65 tradeshows and conference events per year across nine markets, including general merchandise, sports, hospitality and retail design, jewelry, photography, decorated apparel, building, healthcare and military.

The company’s holdings in the jewelry industry are the tradeshows Couture Show in Las Vegas, the JA New York, JA Special Delivery New York, and online jewelry publication, National Jeweler.

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