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March 9th, 2017
D.C.-Based Association Management Group, AMG, Merges With Belgium’s Interel

Interel, the global public affairs consultancy, announced that Washington, D.C.-based association management company Association Management Group, or AMG, has joined its group. Together both companies will generate $27 million in annual revenues and employ more than 200 consultants, staff and advisers, the companies said in a news release.

Both companies are AMC Institute members.

Adding to its own offices and partner firms in over 60 countries, Interel said it would now benefit from a strong foothold in the United States as AMG’s infrastructure and 90 staff provide a growth platform delivering the following capabilities: Strategic association management, meetings and government affairs services, focused on growth and achievement Sophisticated work with global corporate brands focused on business activation and engagement of target audiences.

Fredrik Lofthagen, Group CEO of Interel said: “We already work with a number of the world’s leading associations and societies as well as many of the world’s best known corporate brands but the acquisition of AMG is a further significant step in the successful expansion of Interel as a global player. Besides our historic European basis, AMG gives us a strong presence in the USA, the most advanced and innovative market in our industry.”

“Joining forces with Interel is more than just a geographic or business expansion, it represents a blending of aligned cultures and shared outlooks on the global market”, said AMG’s CEO, J. Bruce Wardle, CAE. “It will be exciting to see the affirmative impact this union will have on our clients and professionals, both presently and in the future. I’m also looking forward to continuing in my role as CEO of AMG to ensure the continuity of services and solutions for those we serve.”

AMG’s clients will feel an immediate impact in the advocacy and government affairs space through Interel’s unsurpassed global network and expertise in strategically engaging government stakeholders.

Interel and AMG will continue to operate under their respective brand names and without any changes in current management for the foreseeable future, the companies said.

The Interel-AMG combination comes almost two years to the day after another European organization, MCI Group, combined with another D.C.-based AMC, Coulter Cos., since renamed MCI USA.

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