Consulting Sector M&A Deals for week beginning 7th of July


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Exlservice Holdings, Inc. (USA) acquired Blue Slate Solutions LLC (USA)
Deal Size: Unspecified Industry: Management consulting / Strategy Date: July 2014

EXL, a leading business process solutions company, announced that it has acquired Blue Slate Solutions, LLC, enhancing its business process management capabilities. By adding Blue Slate’s consulting and execution acumen, EXL strengthens its ability to apply technology solutions to improve clients’ business operations. Blue Slate specializes in transforming operations through business process optimization, data integration and analytics, leveraging innovative techniques and technologies. Blue Slate helps clients achieve large productivity improvements, enhanced customer satisfaction and measurable return on their investments by defining strategic BluePrintsTM that leverage Blue Slate’s Cognitive Corporation FrameworkTM. “Blue Slate brings a team of highly skilled professionals that will enhance EXL’s ability to transform our client’s business processes and strengthen our technology capabilities, as they relate to operations management,” said Rohit Kapoor, Vice Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, EXL. “This acquisition brings us a set of domain experts who have significant experience advising large enterprises, optimising their business processes and also architecting and implementing changes to their technology applications and infrastructure. Blue Slate has an admirable track record across many industries, and we are very excited to welcome our new colleagues to EXL.” Blue Slate Solutions LLC, a management consultancy company, specialises in solving complex IT and business-process challenges for healthcare, insurance, financial services, media, and software industries in the United States and internationally. ExlService Holdings, Inc. provides business process solutions, utilising operations management, analytics, and technology primarily in the United States and the United Kingdom.

TRC Companies Inc. (USA) acquired Covino Environmental Associates, Inc. (USA)
Deal Size: Unspecified Industry: Environmental consulting Date: July 2014

TRC Companies, Inc., a recognised leader in engineering, consulting and construction management services to the energy, environmental and infrastructure markets, announced it has acquired Covino Environmental Associates, Inc. (Covino), based in Woburn, Massachusetts. Covino’s 40 employees provide building sciences, industrial hygiene and related consulting services to private and public clients including major educational institutions. “We are excited to strengthen our building sciences and industrial hygiene service capabilities with the addition of Covino Environmental Associates,” said TRC Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Chris Vincze. “Recent regulatory guidance for the identification, removal and disposal of old building materials is driving an increase in related spending in the education and healthcare markets where Covino has a solid reputation. This acquisition expands our footprint in the Northeast, making us one of the largest providers of building sciences and industrial hygiene services in New England, and helps TRC capitalise on the growing decommissioning and real estate markets in the U.S.” Covino Environmental Associates, Inc. provides industrial hygiene, indoor air quality, occupational health, and related consulting services to public and private clients in the northeastern United States. TRC Companies, Inc. provides engineering, consulting, and construction management services in the United States.

JCS Consulting Group, Inc. (USA) acquired Greenfield Interactive, LLC (USA)
Deal Size: Unspecified Industry: Management consulting / Strategy Date: July 2014

JCS Consulting Group, Inc. and Greenfield Interactive, LLC announced the completion of the acquisition of Greenfield by JCS. Greenfield and JCS are leading providers of strategic consulting, integration, technical implementation and support services for enterprise communication and collaboration solutions powered by Jive Software. This transaction creates one of the largest Jive-centric professional services companies in the US differentiated by the deep Jive experience and knowledge of every employee. The combined customer base of the new entity includes numerous Fortune 100 and Fortune 500 companies along with over 50 small and medium-sized businesses. “Jive has helped people around the world connect, collaborate and communicate – whether internally across employee bases to drive productivity, alignment and innovation or externally to drive higher sales, better service and greater satisfaction with customers and partners,” said Aisling MacRunnels, chief development officer, Jive Software. “Greenfield and JCS have a proven track record of delivering exactly those results to satisfied customers and these two companies coming together represent an opportunity to leverage best practices and broaden their capabilities of serving companies deploying Jive.” Greenfield Interactive, LLC provides social business consulting services. JCS Consulting Group, Inc. provides implementation strategies for enterprise social collaboration networks and customer-facing communities powered by Jive Software to help companies increase productivity and revenue.

Golden Gate Capital (USA) agreed to acquire a majority stake in Green Street Advisors, Inc. (USA)
Deal Size: Unspecified Industry: Management consulting / Strategy Date: July 2014

Green Street Advisors and Golden Gate Capital announced an agreement wherein Golden Gate will obtain a majority stake in Green Street. Green Street is a leading provider of research, analytics, and advisory & consulting services to the commercial real estate industry. Golden Gate Capital is a leading investment firm with extensive experience in real estate and information services. Green Street is uniquely positioned at the crossroads of the public and private commercial real estate markets, from which it provides market-leading information, analytics and insights to both. The Green Street leadership team, including all 12 managing directors, will continue in their current roles and retain a substantial investment in the firm alongside Golden Gate. The partnership with Golden Gate will support Green Street’s business strategy and accelerate the firm’s ongoing investments in intellectual capital, new product development and data to better serve the firm’s customers and enhance long term growth.

BrainSell Technologies, LLC (USA) acquired Act! CRM division from Northbrook Consulting Group, Inc. (USA)
Deal Size: Unspecified Industry: IT consulting Date: July 2014

BrainSell, a leading business software solutions provider, is pleased to announce their acquisition of Northbrook Consulting Group’s Act! CRM division. This is BrainSell’s third company acquisition of 2014. With the addition of Northbrook Consulting Group, BrainSell continues to develop its presence in Chicago while also maintaining locations in Minnesota, Maine, New Hampshire, New York, Massachusetts, Kentucky, Virginia, Georgia, Illinois, Florida, Colorado, Minnesota and Utah. Northbrook Consulting Group’s clients will benefit from BrainSell’s diverse and seasoned knowledge base. BrainSell’s clients will benefit from Northbrook Consulting Group’s years of experience as a Sage ERP and Act! CRM reseller. Northbrook Consulting Group’s President, Donald L. Joseph, sees strong benefits for his clients from the acquisition. “We are excited to join the BrainSell team,” said Donald L. Joseph, President of Northbrook Consulting Group. “It assures that present and future clients will always have access to the high-quality services and products they have come to expect from Northbrook Consulting Group.” BrainSell Technologies, LLC provides business technology reselling and integration services for the small to midsize market.

Merieux NutriSciences Corporation (USA) acquired Total Quality Food Consultants (Italy)
Deal Size: Unspecified Industry: Management consulting / Strategy Date: July 2014

Mérieux NutriSciences has acquired Total Quality Food Consultants (TQF), expanding its global offer for regulatory, scientific and marketing services to the food and non-food industries. Founded in 1992 by Giuseppe Patat, TQF is headquartered in Verona, Italy. TQF provides informational and consulting services, which includes a digital gateway to regulatory and scientific updates, nutritional and marketing label review and consulting, product conformity review, and product registration services. Following the acquisition, Patat will stay on as a consultant in R&D and strategic marketing to assist in the company’s successful integration. Amongst the services offered to its customers, TQF specialises in regulatory expertise, offering certification for 46 parameters of compliance in 147 countries for over 100 product categories. Additionally, TQF offers an on-line regulatory, scientific and marketing label translation tool applicable to 60 countries in 35 languages. Finally, TQF’s consulting and project based services include product conformity review and export conformity modelling for food labels. Merieux NutriSciences Corporation provides services to evaluate food safety, quality, and nutrition programs worldwide.

TMG Consulting (USA) merged with Langham Consulting (USA)
Deal Size: Unspecified Industry: Management consulting / Strategy Date: July 2014

TMG Consulting and Langham Consulting, the utility industry’s most reputable, full-service and independent utility advisory and implementation support consultancies, announced a strategic merger that is effective July 15, 2014. The combined organisation stands alone as the preeminent independent technology advisory firm serving the utility industry today. The merger will enhance the success of utility clients’ IT projects by leveraging the best, cumulative methodologies and practices gained over TMG’s twenty two years serving investor owned utilities and Langham’s twenty years working with municipal utilities; their combined resumes include 250 utility organisations and 400 projects. “Success in our business is about people, experience and methodologies; Langham and TMG lead the industry in these three areas,” said Mario Bauer, CEO of the combined organizations, “We are already helping 15 utilities with a variety of planning, procurement and oversight services. Additionally, our pipeline is strong and some of the most talented people in the industry have reached out to us about potential employment opportunities, which will help ensure that we can meet future demand for services. We are excited for our future and look forward to providing independent Advisory Services for Investor Owned, Municipal and Cooperative Utilities, and the vendors who serve them, for many years to come.”

Calian Technologies Ltd. (Canada) acquired DWP Solutions Inc. (Canada)
Deal Size: Unspecified Industry: IT consulting Date: July 2014

Calian Technologies Ltd. is pleased to announce that effective June 30, 2014 it has acquired DWP Solutions Inc. of Ottawa, Ontario. DWP Solutions Inc. has been in business for 18 years providing information technology and security consulting services to a variety of government and defence customers. “With revenues of approximately $6 million, we expect this acquisition to be EBITDA accretive from day one” stated Jacqueline Gauthier, Chief Financial Officer. “DWP results will be consolidated and reported as part of the Company’s Business and Technology Services (BTS) division”. “As part of our M&A plan, we continue to look for companies that align to our strategy of evolving our service lines and diversifying our customer base. For the BTS division, our goal is to continue to grow a vibrant services business that encompasses Health, Training and Information Technology” states Kevin Ford, President of Calian’s BTS division. “We are excited about the acquisition of DWP as our client base is demanding more specialists in the area of cyber and security. The experience and background of DWP will help us expand our capability in this high demand market.” DWP Solutions Inc. provides information technology and security consulting services to both private and public sector clients in Ottawa, Montreal, and Toronto. Calian employs over 2,400 people with offices and projects that span Canada, U.S. and international markets. The company’s capabilities include the provision of business and technology services to industry and government in the health, training, IT services and operations and maintenance domains as well as the design, manufacturing and maintenance of complex systems to the communications and defence sectors.

AECOM Technology Corporation (USA) acquired Ace International Consultants (Spain)
Deal Size: Unspecified Industry: Management consulting / Strategy Date: July 2014

Aecom is to expand its global international development team with the addition of Madrid-based ACE International Consultants. Aecom said that by combining their resources, the two businesses will be able to deliver broader and deeper support to clients in order to improve the quality of life for people worldwide. Examples include targeted initiatives that reduce poverty, improve sanitation, provide clean drinking water, raise living standards, increase access to health and education, and protect the environment. Steve Morriss, Aecom’s chief executive for Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA), said: “We know that, over the coming decade, there will be a greater need for international aid efforts in support of social and economic development. ACE International Consultants brings a dedicated team who have an impressive track record in making a real difference in some of the most challenged communities across Africa and South America as well as in Mediterranean countries. Our combined team will enable us to become even more effective in delivering these vital projects for our clients. We will be stronger together.” “Joining Aecom – a Fortune 500 company – provides us with the size, reach, and breadth of technical expertise that will inspire clients while enabling us to deliver projects in more countries,” said Antonio Bonet, president of ACE International Consultants. “We’ll also be able to expand our expertise in sectors such as agriculture, energy, transportation and the environment.” AECOM Technology Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, provides professional technical and management support services for public and private clients in worldwide.

Capita plc (UK) acquired Projen Plc (UK)
Deal Size: Unspecified Industry: Engineering consulting Date: July 2014

Capita has announced the acquisition of project management and engineering solutions business PROjEN for an undisclosed sum. Established in 1978 PROjEN employs over 100 staff at Preston Brook in Cheshire, providing a wide range of design, engineering and management services in the pharmaceutical, oil and gas, manufacturing and bio energy markets. The company will join Capita’s 4,000-strong property and infrastructure business and sit within its design and management division. The acquisition will expand Capita’s existing services into new key markets and create opportunities for cross-selling a wider range of expertise to clients of both organisations, as well as the up-selling of wider transformational partnerships to new clients in key growth markets such as bio energy. Martin Seabrook, managing director of PROjEN said: “We are delighted and excited to be joining Capita. Working as part of a major consultancy will allow us to invest in the future growth of our business, further develop our staff, and expand our capabilities into new markets – as well as giving our clients access to the skills and transformational expertise of a market-leading business.” Capita plc provides customer and business process management, and professional support service solutions primarily in the United Kingdom. Projen Plc provides project management and process engineering services.

BCG Digital Ventures (USA) acquired S&C Pty Ltd (Australia)
Deal Size: Unspecified Industry: Management consulting / Strategy Date: July 2014

Global innovation and product development and commercialization firm BCG Digital Ventures has announced its acquisition of S&C, an award-winning strategic-design firm. The acquisition further strengthens BCG Digital Ventures, adding local-market capabilities and operations and accelerating its expansion into Asia-Pacific. BCG Digital Ventures strategically partners with the world’s leading companies to identify technology-driven disruptive opportunities and to transform their business through joint investment in the identification, design, and development of new products, services, and platforms. As one of the fastest-growing areas of The Boston Consulting Group, BCG Digital Ventures complements BCG’s global breadth of industry and functional capabilities with specialized expertise in digital product innovation, development, commercialization, and investing. This unique value proposition has been the source of considerable demand and growth—expanding to seven locations worldwide—since its launch this past January. BCG Digital Ventures has identified priority markets for regional centers and has chosen Sydney, Australia, as one of the key hubs in Asia-Pacific. Michael Priddis, the founder and a joint CEO of S&C said, “We are delighted to be joining BCG Digital Ventures, and we look forward to applying our unique capabilities and experience in design and product development and to enhancing the company’s growth.”

SLR Management Limited (UK) acquired CCA Environmental Pty (South Africa)
Deal Size: Unspecified Industry: Environmental consulting Date: July 2014

Global environmental group, SLR Consulting, has acquired CCA Environmental Pty (Ltd), a South African specialist consultancy firm with blue chip clients across the oil and gas, minerals, infrastructure, energy and waste sectors. The move establishes SLR as the market leader in South Africa for EIA-related work with a 37-strong team of highly-experienced technical professionals. SLR’s CEO Neil Penhall said: “SLR and CCA are a great match and this move enhances our provision of onshore and offshore EIA expertise in Africa. Jonathan Crowther, founder director of CCA, said: “We are delighted to be part of the SLR team, which will allow us to offer SLR’s broad range of specialist environmental services to new and existing clients.” This is SLR’s fifth acquisition in southern Africa and provides further leverage to promote the company’s multi-disciplinary offering to new and existing clients in regulatory compliance, Social Licence to Operate (SLTO), engineering, HSE services and EIAs across in the expanding sub-Saharan market. SLR Management Limited provides environmental consultancy services to public and private sector clients in the United Kingdom.

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