De Gruyter acquires Ubiquity – making academic research globally accessible

Monday 28th November, 2022

Marriott Harrison is delighted to have advised the shareholders of Ubiquity Press Limited on the sale of the company to De Gruyter, an academic publisher headquartered in Berlin.

Founded in 2012 by researchers, Ubiquity has accelerated change towards open access and open science. The Company has published over 3,600 open access books and journals and provides university presses around the world with publishing services. De Gruyter was founded in 1749 and published its first Open Access book in 2010.

Ubiquity bases its journal, book, and repository platforms on open source, and is an active contributor to community-managed codebases. Ubiquity’s commitment to publishing open access content and contributing to open-source platforms is enshrined in its customer charter. De Gruyter fully supports open source and has agreed to the continuation of the Ubiquity charter going forwards.

De Gruyter plans to grow its existing open access and service business with its acquisition of Ubiquity. Brian Hole, Founder and CEO of Ubiquity said: “We are thrilled to join forces with De Gruyter, with whom we are very well-aligned in terms of values and a commitment to growing open access. We are very grateful to the team at Marriott Harrison who provided expert and pragmatic advice to navigate us through the process”.

Andrew Ross led the Marriott Harrison team, which included James Stocker, Katerina Heal and Tom Mann. The shareholders of Ubiquity were also advised by Park56, an independent advisory firm based in The Netherlands.

Congratulations to everyone involved!

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