Dirks, Van Essen & Murray is the leading merger and acquisition firm in the U.S. newspaper industry.

Since its inception in 1980, the firm has focused primarily on assisting companies in the sale, acquisition and valuation of daily and weekly newspapers for a variety of purposes. It has thus established itself as the industry’s top authority on transactions and valuations. In addition, DV&M offers comprehensive operational and financial consulting services to newspaper companies.

The firm has successfully closed hundreds of newspaper transactions and has handled many more deals than all other firms combined. Since the mid-1990’s, Dirks, Van Essen & Murray has been involved in more than half of all daily newspaper transactions, while all other firms combined have accounted for less than 20%.

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Paxton Media Group Acquires Mayfield (KY) Messenger

Mayfield, KY - June 4, 2015 - Paxton Media Group has acquired the daily Mayfield (KY) Messenger from the Haskell family. Dirks, Van Essen & Murray, a merger and acquisition firm based in Santa Fe, New Mexico, represented the Haskell family in the sale.  Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. The Mayfield Messenger, serving Graves County in western Kentucky, is published Monday through Friday with circulation of 3,700. Paxton Media publishes five other newspapers in the region, including... More
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