Consulting Sector M&A Deals for week beginning 8th September

businessman doing handstand on the beachVertex Resource Group Ltd. (Canada) acquired Navus Environmental Inc. (Canada)
Deal Size: Unspecified Industry: Environmental consulting Date: September 2014
Vertex Resource Group Ltd. is pleased to announce that it has acquired Navus Environmental Inc., an environmental consulting firm servicing the oil and gas and mining industries, within Alberta, British Columbia and Saskatchewan. Navus employs over 100 professionals from its offices in Edmonton, Alberta, Fort McMurray, Alberta and Fort St. John, British Columbia. Founded in 2005, Navus is an industry leading environmental consulting firm specialising in remediation, environmental planning and reclamation. In addition to these core services, Navus’ professionals also specialise in spill response, hydrogeology, soil mapping, peat harvesting, botany, revegetation/restoration planning, wildlife, aquatics and geomatics. Terry Stephenson, President of Vertex stated: “In addition to complementing Vertex’s already well-established land and environmental consulting services, the acquisition of Navus will greatly enhance our service offerings and technical expertise in the oilsands and mining industries. We are really excited about the talented Navus management and staff that will be joining our organisation and believe this will be a very transformational acquisition for our environmental consulting practice; allowing us to better serve both of our customer bases. Cultural fit was a major deciding factor for both Vertex and Navus in contemplating this partnership. Navus has a well-respected reputation for superior customer service, innovation, teamwork and collaboration which aligns well with the culture at Vertex.” Vertex Resource Group Ltd. provides consulting, construction, and rental services to oil and gas, mining, utilities, infrastructure, and real estate sectors primarily in Alberta and Western Canada.

Ryan, LLC (USA) acquired Definitive Consulting Services (Canada)
Deal Size: Unspecified Industry: Management consulting / Strategy Date: September 2014
Ryan, a leading global tax services firm with the largest indirect and property tax practices in North America, announced that the Firm has acquired Definitive Consulting Services. The acquisition adds a team of experienced Canadian tax professionals to provide additional knowledge and client support that strengthens the Firm’s industry-leading Canadian Sales Tax practice. It also adds a large complement of respected Canadian companies to Ryan’s portfolio of clients across North America. “Ryan and Definitive clients will benefit tremendously from the unparalleled tax knowledge, expertise, and commitment to client service that our newly combined team of Canadian tax professionals will provide,” said Garry Round, Ryan President of Canadian Operations. “This acquisition launches a new phase of Canadian growth and market leadership for our Firm, and the professionals of Definitive will play a key role in our future success.” Ryan & Company, Inc. provides tax consulting services.

WorleyParsons Limited (Australia) entered into an agreement to acquire MTG, Ltd. (USA)
Deal Size: Unspecified Industry: Management consulting / Strategy Date: September 2014
WorleyParsons is pleased to announce an agreement to acquire MTG, Ltd. MTG is a US based management consulting firm in the oil and gas, petrochemicals and chemicals industries with operations in North America, the United Kingdom and Australia. MTG specialises in improving operational performance across every aspect of the exploration and production, midstream, refining and marketing, petrochemicals and chemicals industries. The company has a 30 year history of providing strategic management advice and will provide Advisian, WorleyParsons’ advisory business, with deep strategic skills in business transformation. David Henderson and Jim Nichols, partners of MTG, Ltd said: “On behalf of the MTG organisation, we are very excited to join Advisian and the WorleyParsons Group. The combined capabilities and resources of our two companies will enable us to broaden the services that we provide to our clients as well as expand our geographic footprint.” MTG, Ltd. provides consulting services for projects across various aspects of the exploration and production, midstream, refining and marketing, petrochemicals, and chemicals industries worldwide. WorleyParsons Limited provides professional services to the resources, energy, and industrial sectors.

Ernst & Young Australia (Australia) acquired Roam Consulting Pty Ltd. (Australia)
Deal Size: Unspecified Industry: Energy consulting Date: September 2014
EY is acquiring one of Australia’s leading energy market systems and modelling consultancies, Roam Consulting Pty Ltd. EY Oceania Power & Utilities Leader Matt Rennie said the addition of the Roam team to EY, including founder and executive chairman Ian Rose and managing director Ben Vanderwaal, would significantly extend the firm’s capabilities in the power and utilities sector. “The specialist energy market modelling and data analytics that Ian, Ben and their team bring to EY will enable us to grow our national valuation and business modelling team and further build our economic and regulatory capabilities in the power and utilities sector,” says Rennie. “We are the first professional services firm in Australia and New Zealand to offer this breadth of service offerings, so it’s a very exciting development for EY, particularly given the changes occurring throughout the energy sector right now. The extended capability is key for helping both public and private sector clients making capital investment decisions.” Ernst & Young Australia provides professional services such as assurance and advisory business, tax, and law.

Trimble Navigation Limited (USA) acquired Gehry Technologies, Inc. (USA)
Deal Size: Unspecified Industry: Engineering consulting Date: September 2014
Trimble and Frank Gehry announced that they have entered into a strategic alliance to collaborate to transform the construction industry by further connecting the office to on-site construction technologies. As part of the alliance, Trimble has acquired Gehry Technologies, the software and consulting services business that has been instrumental in delivering Frank Gehry’s visionary designs while keeping cost and schedule in line for his clients. The alliance combines deep Architecture, Engineering and Construction (AEC) industry experience with advanced construction technology to empower visionary designers such as Gehry Partners to build groundbreaking projects on time, under budget and without change orders—enabling designers, builders and operators to collaborate more efficiently. Based in Los Angeles, Calif., Gehry Technologies is an AEC technology company that provides design and project management solutions, consulting services and project collaboration software tools. Gehry Technologies solutions include GTeam™ software, a Web-based 3D file management and project collaboration platform, building information modeling (BIM) technology as well as advanced project delivery services for leading owners, architects, engineers, builders, fabricators and industry professionals worldwide. The solutions allow customers of all sizes to communicate more effectively, improve design and construction quality, and accelerate project cycle times. The combination of Gehry Technologies solutions and professional services with Trimble’s broad technology portfolio in positioning, BIM, analytics and visualization, automated machine guidance and real-time telematics accelerates total lifecycle solutions that will allow architects, engineers, contractors and owners to access data captured during the building planning, design, construction and renovation phases, providing deeper insight, better operating decisions and better asset performance. Trimble Navigation Limited designs and distributes positioning products and applications enabled by global positioning system (GPS), optical, laser, and wireless communications technology.

EC Harris LLP (UK) acquired Christal Management Ltd (UK)
Deal Size: Unspecified Industry: Engineering consulting Date: September 2014
Manchester headquartered Christal Management has been added to EC Harris, a global built asset consultancy, as it expands its capacity to meet increasing client demand in the north west of England and Scotland particularly in the retail, stadia and urban regeneration sectors. Alan Brookes, UK CEO at EC Harris said: “We are very pleased to welcome the Christal Management team into our business. As the UK economy continues to gain in strength, and we see increased political ambition to ensure further regional growth outside of London it is critical that we build capability to both target new clients and support existing national clients across the north of England and Scotland.” Christal Construction Management Ltd., doing business as Christal Management Ltd., provides project management consultancy services for the construction industry. EC Harris LLP provides built asset consulting services.

Conroy Ross Partners Limited (Canada) merged with Optimum Talent Inc. (Canada)
Deal Size: Unspecified Industry: HR consulting Date: September 2014
Conroy Ross Partners, a retained search and consulting firm, is pleased to announce that it has merged with eastern-based firm, Optimum Talent Executive Search. Mike Bacchus, CEO of Conroy Ross Partners stated, “Partnering with Optimum Talent was an easy decision. Our organisations share similar clients and industry specializations, making it a natural fit.” He added, “This merger furthers the momentum gained from last year’s acquisition of Toronto’s Funnel Search Group which enhanced our presence across the country. Establishing office locations in Central and Eastern Canada allows us to deliver a greater level of service to national organisations as well as on regional levels. We look forward to working together with Optimum Talent as we continue to invest in and support our company’s ongoing growth efforts.” Ronald Dahms, President of Optimum Talent, said: “The merger of our Executive Search division with Conroy Ross Partners provides a number of benefits to our stakeholders. The landscape of recruitment is changing. The world is getting smaller and top talent is in high demand. Having access to national and international networks through offices across Canada allows us to fulfill the needs of clients looking for exceptional candidates. We are excited to enhance our approach to executive search while being able to offer it on a broader geographical scope. We are also very excited about leveraging each organisation’s specific expertise in all markets we serve.” Optimum Talent Inc. provides human resources (HR) consulting services in Canada. Conroy Ross Partners Limited provides business advisory, executive and professional search services in North America.

WYG PLC (UK) acquired Alliance Environment and Planning Ltd. (UK)
Deal Size: $5.2 million Industry: Environmental consulting Date: September 2014
Leeds-based consultancy firm WYG has acquired Guildford’s Alliance Planning for cash consideration of £3.2 million, reportedly creating one of the largest planning businesses in the UK. Paul Hamer, CEO of WYG plc, said: “We are delighted to be joined by Steve Fidgett, Gerald Sweeney, Andy Stallan and the team from Alliance Planning. We believe that they will be an excellent fit with WYG, significantly boosting our planning and asset creation capability. With approximately 100 planning specialists, WYG now has one of the largest teams in the UK. We are also increasingly able to use these specialist skills in support of our international business as they help to develop infrastructure related to population expansion and urbanisation. This acquisition, together with recently announced major project wins, represents a further significant step in WYG’s growth journey.” WYG plc provides project management and technical consultancy services to customers in the public and private sectors in the United Kingdom, Europe, Africa, Asia, the Middle East, and North Africa. Alliance Environment and Planning Ltd. provides town planning, environmental, and development consulting services.

Arthur J Gallagher & Co. (USA) acquired Everett James, Inc. (USA)
Deal Size: Unspecified Industry: HR consulting Date: September 2014
Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. announced the acquisition of Everett James, Inc. located in Ridgefield, Connecticut. Established in 1990, Everett James, Inc. offers employee benefits consulting and brokerage services primarily for their large and middle-market clients in the Northeast. They specialise in group health and welfare consulting for both private and public entity organisations with an emphasis on planning, design, implementation, cost containment and plan administration services. Robert McDonald, Steve Rinaldi and their associates will continue to operate in their current location under the direction of David Ziegler, head of Gallagher’s Eastern employee benefit consulting and brokerage operations. “For over 24 years, Everett James has developed a solid reputation for their experience, industry knowledge and solid market relationships,” said J. Patrick Gallagher, Jr., Chairman, President and CEO. “This firm’s consistent growth is a tribute to their entrepreneurial culture and their team-based focus on client service. They will be a wonderful complement to our employee benefits team, and we are pleased to welcome Bob, Steve and their team to our growing Gallagher family of professionals.” Everett James Inc. provides management and employee benefit consulting services. Arthur J. Gallagher & Co., together with its subsidiaries, provides insurance brokerage and risk management services in the United States and internationally.

Manhattan Telecommunications Corporation (USA) to acquire Thrive Networks, Inc. (USA)
Deal Size: Unspecified Industry: IT consulting Date: September 2014
Tewksbury-based Thrive Networks, a subsidiary of Staples Inc., has been acquired by New York City-based business telecommunications services firm MetTel for an undisclosed amount. Thrive Networks offers IT services for more than 300 businesses nationwide in industries ranging from financial services and life sciences to software and nonprofit. The company was founded in 2000 and acquired by Framingham-based Staples Inc. in 2006. Thrive Networks currently has more than 70 employees who will continue to operate out of the Tewksbury office. The management team including chief technology officer Dylan O’Connor, who ran the company following the Staples acquisition, will continue to manage the business. Over the years, Thrive has provided IT solutions and services for several high profile customers including the Boston Celtics and Au Bon Pain. Marshall Aronow, CEO of MetTel, said he’s excited to bring Thrive’s engineering talent to MetTel’s customer base. Thrive employs more than 50 engineers. “With this partnership, we will be able to offer Thrive’s wide range of managed service capabilities to our customers to provide end-to-end networking and managed service solutions,” he said in a statement. “With a national presence and strong focus on customer support and retention, the company’s mission and values mirror our own which made this combination so attractive. MetTel prides itself on providing innovative services and products to the communications industry. With the addition of Thrive Networks, we know we will be able to continue to provide the best service from coast-to-coast.” Manhattan Telecommunications Corporation, doing business as Metropolitan Telecommunications Corporation, provides business telecommunications solutions and services to telecom clients in the United States and Canada.

The Herjavec Group, Inc. (Canada) acquired Sentry Metrics Inc. (Canada)
Deal Size: Unspecified Industry: IT consulting Date: September 2014
Robert Herjavec, Founder and CEO of The Herjavec Group (THG), is pleased to announce the acquisition of Sentry Metrics, a leading managed security service provider (MSSP) headquartered in Toronto. This strategic acquisition places The Herjavec Group at the forefront of the managed security market in North America. By acquiring Sentry Metrics, a respected provider with over 15 years’ experience and 50 security professionals, THG expands its customer base to over one hundred managed service clients, immediately enhances its technical expertise and grows services revenue by more than $7.5 million. “The recent string of headlines involving targeted hacks and data breaches has made cybercrime a focus at the executive and board of director level,” says Herjavec. “As demand for third party security firms increases at an unprecedented rate, The Herjavec Group has expanded to become one of the largest independent managed service providers in North America”. The acquisition of Sentry Metrics grows The Herjavec Group to a run rate of $140 million in sales, and 225 employees. Sentry Metrics Inc. offers IT consulting and technology services. The Herjavec Group, Inc. provides IT security and network acceleration services to companies in Canada and internationally.

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