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Arena Group expands with US acquisition

Event overlay specialist Arena Group has acquired US-based Karl’s Event Services. The acquisition of the US$40m revenue company extends the Group’s global network beyond its existing bases in the UK, mainland Europe, UAE and Far East territories.

The transaction has been supported by MML Capital Partners and Sports Investment Partners (SIP). These institutional shareholders originally invested in Arena Group in 2012 ahead of its various London 2012 Olympic contracts. These included one of the world’s most complex temporary sports stadia; the 15,000 capacity beach volleyball stadium on Horse Guards Parade and eight other Olympic venues.

Karl’s was founded in the USA in 1966 and supplies temporary demountable structures, staging, lighting and furniture to clients including the NFL Super Bowl, Mercedes Benz New York Fashion Week and PGA and NASCAR events. Karl’s, headquartered in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and has operational bases in New Jersey, Orlando and Ft Irwin, California.

“This acquisition enables the Arena Group to broaden its ability to deliver truly international event overlay and temporary infrastructure,” says Greg Lawless, CEO of Arena Group. “The benefits of this increasing global network will be enjoyed by clients of all sizes as the sharing of knowledge, experience, technology and working practices continues to improve our offering.”


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