Acquires French Interactive Agency

Internet services firm on
Tuesday purchased the part of French agency Pictoris Interactive SA that it didn’t
already own, for a total of $12.1 million. had bought a minority stake in Pictoris Interactive back in
October 1999, and, at that time, had gotten an option to purchase the rest
of the 55-employee company.

It exercised that option this week, in an
effort to strengthen the company’s European presence at a time when US
Internet companies are scrambling to establish themselves overseas.

“The acquisition of Pictoris positions Paris as a leading
interactive agency in the French market and is an important extension to
our European capabilities, a key growth area of the company,” says Chan
Suh, chairman and chief executive officer of

This purchase brings the Paris employee roster to 65, and
creates a client list that includes market leaders such as DisneyLand
Paris, Danone, PriceWaterhouse Coopers, Accor and AXA, among others.
Frederic Pie, who had been president of Pictoris Interactive, will take the
helm as president of the Paris office. has offices in London, Paris, Copenhagen and Amsterdam, but has
not put as much emphasis on Europe as fellow Omnicom investment Razorfish.

That company yesterday
acquired another Swedish consultancy, and says half of its workforce is
deployed in Europe. Razorfish has offices in Amsterdam, Hamburg, Helsinki,
London, Mannheim, Oslo, and Stockholm.

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