Duff & Phelps Corporation, a valuation and corporate finance advisor, has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Kinetic Partners, a professional services firm.

Duff & Phelps intends to utilize Kinetic Partners’ expertise in providing regulatory consulting and compliance counsel to a dedicated financial regulatory and compliance practice.

The new practice will be headed by Kinetic Partners’ CEO and founding partner Julian Korek.

The acquisition is also expected to expand Duff & Phelps’ footprint in New York, London, Dublin and Hong Kong, and introduce new offices in Luxembourg, the Channel Islands, the Cayman Islands and Singapore.

Noah Gottdiener, CEO of Duff & Phelps, said: "This represents an ideal complement to our suite of valuation services, especially in the alternative asset management sector, where together we serve many of the world’s leading hedge funds and private equity firms."

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