Wednesday, January 19, 2005

Publisher Acquires Consulting Co?

This headline could have read 'We Liked Your Clients So Much, We Bought the Company!".

Hildebrandt International, the legal consulting powerhouse, and the Thomson Corporation "announced that they have signed a definitive agreement under which Thomson will acquire Hildebrandt".

I may be way off the mark here, but isn't there something wrong with buying a Consulting company that potentially recommends your products? Kind of like buying a newspaper to integrate your products into various story lines? ... Oh ok, who am I kidding, you don't have to buy the company to do that - I mean, they were eating bucket loads of Doritos on Survivor...

I just hope their clients aren't expecting an unbiased third party opinion to help them make decisions. IMHO, Software Co's can acquire Publishers, and vice versa; but either acquiring a Consulting Co. screams conflict of interest.


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