Cheil Acquires Majority Stake in Barbarian Group

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Benjamin Palmer
Benjamin Palmer

NEW YORK ( -- A digital darling for the past five years, The Barbarian Group will become part of South Korean network Cheil Worldwide in a deal that has Cheil taking a majority stake in the boutique agency.

The deal, which was first reported as being done last month -- something denied by Barbarian -- opens up a new chapter in both companies' stories. Terms were not disclosed.

Cheil acquires a major digital innovator and a respected creative shop, which gives it another push into legitimacy as a global player. Wooing Barbarian, which other holding companies have also looked at, is the latest in a string of pickups for the company, with the recent addition of Beattie McGuinness Bungay in the U.K. and New York.

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