Hakuhodo DY Holdings Tokyo acquires Canadian- based creative agency Sid Lee International

Hakuhodo logo.jpgHakuhodo DY Holdings Inc's strategic operating unit kyu has acquired 100% interest in Sid Lee International, LLC ("Sid Lee") and a 49% stake in Sid Lee Architecture.

Sid Lee is a global creative company with offices in six cities in Canada, the Netherlands, France and the US that transforms brand experiences across a wide range of disciplines, including advertising, architecture, digital marketing, social marketing, interior design, content, branding, customer relationship marketing and data analysis, and events and store activation. With specialized companies in digital technology and architecture under its umbrella, Sid Lee is an innovator recognized for its ability to transform the brand experience.
Sid Lee is highly regarded inside and outside the advertising industry. Its entries into award shows have garnered over 300 prizes at top-tier competitions including the International Festival of Creativity at Cannes, D&AD, One Show and Marketing Awards. In 2014, it was named independent agency of the year by France's Grand prix des agences de l'annee and agency of the year by the influential Canadian marketing journal Marketing Magazine (four times since 2009). The agency, which has around 550 professionals with an array of specializations from over 27 countries, is partner to numerous global companies.

Digitalization and globalization have made the marketing activities that companies carry out more complex and sophisticated world-wide, spurring innovation in marketing methods and the development of new solutions.

To respond to these changes, the Hakuhodo DY Group put forward the acquisition of specialist marketing service companies that offer advanced specialist marketing methods and solutions as a key driver of growth* in its new Medium-Term Business Plan. The acquisition of Sid Lee is part of this endeavor.

The Hakuhodo DY Group, through kyu, will continue to enhance specialization and innovation within the Group in order to realize its basic medium-term strategies. These are: to be among the world's leading marketing service groups and to be our clients' best marketing partner. kyu's purpose is to create new markets and movements and continuously invigorate society and people through our advanced and creative integrated marketing solutions. Doing so will also contribute to the growth of the Group's international operations in terms of revenue.

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