The Financial Times Group has acquired the product and consulting assets of Wavteq, a global strategy consulting firm specialising in economic development. 

Wavteq’s products, which are used by leading organisations in both the public and private sector, include Amplify, IncentivesFlow, InvestmentFlow, InvestmentMap, Institute, and Influencers. Their strategy and development team has delivered projects for economic development organisations in more than 50 countries. This acquisition does not include the lead generation, marketing or representation services.

The acquired assets will join a newly combined portfolio within FT Specialist, part of the FT Group, aimed at foreign direct investment professionals and international investors. The portfolio, which contains fDi Intelligence, fDi Markets, fDi Insights, fDi Benchmark and GIS Planning, offers a wide range of services, including news and analysis, data tools, events, and strategic guidance. 

The strengthened portfolio will help both corporate and community clients unlock a suite of accessible, on-demand tools and resources to attract investment and remain competitive in an unpredictable and rapidly changing global business environment.

Chris Knight, Wavteq co-founder and chief commercial officer, joins the FT and will lead the newly combined portfolio in FT Specialist. 


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About the FT Group 

The FT Group, part of Nikkei Inc., includes the Financial Times, the FT Specialist portfolio and a number of other services and joint ventures that provide essential news and analysis for the global business community. The Financial Times is one of the world’s leading business news organisations, recognised internationally for its authority, integrity and accuracy. The FT has a record paying readership of 1.2 million, more than one million of which are digital subscriptions. 

About FT Specialist 

FT Specialist, part of the FT Group, is a portfolio of premium brands and products that provide specialist insight for audiences in nine distinct sectors. These sectors include: banking, fund management, financial advisory, personal investment, sustainable finance/ESG, economic development and foreign investment, US corporate boards, insurance, and consumer packaged goods.