Consulting Sector M&A Deals for week beginning 3rd November

businessman doing handstand on the beachPublicis Groupe SA (France) entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Sapient Corp. (USA)
Deal Size: $3.7 billion Industry: Marketing consulting Date: November 2014
Publicis Groupe and Sapient announced that they have entered into a definitive agreement under which Publicis Groupe will acquire Sapient in an all-cash transaction for $25.00 per share. Maurice Lévy, Chairman and CEO of Publicis Groupe, said: “Sapient is a ‘crown jewel,’ a one of a kind company born in the technology space with strengths in marketing, communications, consulting and omni-channel commerce, all of which are equally important to best help clients achieve their digital transformation. It will also give Publicis Groupe access to new markets and creating new revenue streams. This acquisition fulfills many of Publicis Groupe’s objectives: we will enhance our leadership position in digital, achieve our goal of deriving 50% of our revenues from digital and technology three years ahead of our 2018 plan, and leverage technology, consulting capabilities to expand in new verticals, and offering new and exciting opportunities to our talents.” Alan J. Herrick, Sapient President, CEO and Co-Chairman, added: “This transaction provides substantial value to our shareholders, offers an ideal cultural match for our people and provides an opportunity to share a wealth of new capabilities with our clients. The Sapient team has been on a 24-year journey building a company with the objective of creating significant impact for our clients and the industries in which they operate. With Publicis Groupe, we have found a partner that accelerates the level of transformation we can drive into the marketplace.” Publicis Groupe SA provides a range of advertising and communications services worldwide. Sapient Corporation provides strategy, marketing, and technology services that enable clients identify and act upon opportunities to improve their business performance.

EnSafe, Inc. (USA) acquired Envirosense (USA)
Deal Size: Unspecified Industry: Environmental consulting Date: November 2014
EnSafe Inc., a global provider of environmental, engineering, health and safety and technology services announced that it has acquired northeastern based EnviroSense. EnSafe CEO Don Bradford stated: “EnviroSense’s talented team has built a successful presence in New England, rooted in delivering exceptional quality consulting, developing staff expertise, and ensuring the highest level of client satisfaction.” EnviroSense’s President, Russ Lagueux added, “Joining the EnSafe team achieves EnviroSense’s goal of expanding our capabilities to a broader range of private and public-sector clients. Our philosophy toward our clients and employees is very closely aligned with that of EnSafe. The entire EnviroSense staff is excited to unite with EnSafe and look forward to the opportunities provided.” EnSafe, Inc. provides environmental, health and safety, engineering, and technology solutions. EnviroSense, Inc. provides environmental consulting services.

COWI A/S (Denmark) acquired Donaldson Associates Ltd (UK)
Deal Size: Unspecified Industry: Engineering consulting Date: November 2014
Danish engineering giant Cowi has bought ground engineering and tunnelling specialists Donaldson Associates. Donaldsons is a consulting company renowned for delivering high-end geotechnical design as well as tunnel and underground engineering services. The acquisition strengthens COWI’s underground engineering expertise and widens the skill set to include caverns, hard rock, leading-edge spray concrete lining, and micro tunnelling. Donaldsons currently employs 143 staff throughout five UK offices and one Hong Kong office. Continuing to operate as Donaldsons, the team will work together with COWI tunnel and underground centres in Denmark, Qatar, India and USA as well as developing synergies on the UK market with COWI specialist bridge subsidiary, Flint & Neill. Lars-Peter Søbye, CEO in COWI sees the agreement as a perfect match with numerous opportunities. “The acquisition of Donaldson Associates is a major achievement for COWI and is in line with our growth strategy. We have complementary market coverage, and together we will be one of the world’s largest consultants in tunnel and underground engineering, offering a vast, highly qualified pool of specialists who are able to bring significant strength and expert skills to our customers around the globe. We are happy to welcome Donaldson into COWI,” says Søbye. Donaldson Associates Ltd. provides consultancy services in the areas of civil engineering, structural engineering, geotechnical engineering, engineering geology, project management, and expert services. COWI A/S provides consultancy services within the fields of engineering, environmental science, and economics in Denmark and internationally.

Verisk Analytics, Inc. (USA) acquired Dart Consulting GmbH (Germany)
Deal Size: Unspecified Industry: Management / Strategy consulting Date: November 2014
Verisk Analytics, Inc. announced the acquisition of Dart, a leading provider of benchmarking and advisory solutions to financial services institutions in Australia, New Zealand, and other key Asia-Pacific markets. As part of the Argus business of Verisk Analytics, Dart will provide benchmarking solutions and professional services critical to financial services institutions in the optimal management of lending and payment portfolios. “The Dart solution, comprising benchmarking and advisory services, helps complement and solidify our presence in Australia and accelerates our presence in New Zealand. It will ultimately help provide on-the-ground and in-market expertise that our clients in other markets have come to expect from us,” said Nana Banerjee, president of Argus. “The solution is relevant to all the major consumer lending and payment products, including credit and debit cards, deposit and checking accounts, mortgages, and student loans,” added Banerjee. Dart Consulting is a leading provider of benchmarking and management consulting advice to the payments, loyalty, and consumer finance industries. Verisk Analytics, Inc. provides proprietary data, analytic methods, and embedded decision support solutions for detecting fraud in property and casualty (P&C) insurance, financial, and healthcare industries in the United States.

Resonant Legal Media, L.L.C. (USA) acquired TrialGraphix, Inc. (USA)
Deal Size: Unspecified Industry: Business consulting Date: November 2014
Resonant Legal Media, L.L.C., a litigation consulting company that provides crafted graphic services for law firms, has acquired TrialGraphix, a litigation consulting company that offers jury consulting, graphic design, presentation technologies and trial preparation solutions. “Our expanded teams and locations strengthen our collaborative approach to delivering creative ideas, powerful presentations, and unparalleled service,” says Guy Joubert, founder and managing principal of RLM | TrialGraphix. TrialGraphix, Inc., a national litigation consulting firm, provides discovery, trial consulting, and courtroom presentation services for trial attorneys, litigation support teams, law firms, and corporate counsel.

FTI Consulting, Inc. (USA) acquired Platt, Sparks and Associates Consulting Petroleum Engineers, Inc. (USA)
Deal Size: Unspecified Industry: Engineering consulting Date: November 2014
FTI Consulting, Inc., the global business advisory firm dedicated to helping organisations protect and enhance their enterprise value, announced the further expansion of its Energy, Power & Products industry team through the addition of 14 professionals including one senior managing director and three managing directors from Platt, Sparks & Associates Consulting Petroleum Engineers, Inc. (“Platt Sparks”), a full service professional petroleum engineering firm located in Austin, Texas. The new practice will be known as FTI Platt Sparks and will be a part of the Energy, Power & Products industry team within the firm’s Economic Consulting business segment. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. Founded in 1980, Platt Sparks provides a full range of petroleum engineering services, with a focus on assisting clients with the resolution of disputes. The firm is recognised as a leader in providing a wide range of services, including reservoir simulations and geostatistics to analyse the dynamics of production from reservoirs; evaluations of gas contracts; analysis of the storage capabilities of gas storage reservoirs; evaluation of potential secondary or enhanced oil recovery projects; analysis of well logs; and the development of unitisation studies and environmental assessment capabilities. Platt Sparks has served clients throughout the U.S. and in 17 other countries around the globe. The addition of Platt Sparks will significantly expand FTI Consulting’s oil, gas and energy consulting service offerings, increasing the firm’s ability to provide business consulting and expert witnesses to our clients in the areas of litigation, forensic analysis, corporate finance, strategic communications, regulatory compliance and economic evaluations. FTI Consulting, Inc. operates as a business advisory firm enabling organisations to protect enterprise values in complex economic, legal, and regulatory environments worldwide.

Wipfli LLP (USA) agreed to acquire Assurity River Group Inc. (USA)
Deal Size: Unspecified Industry: Business consulting Date: November 2014
Wauwatosa-based accounting and consulting firm Wipfli LLP has acquired Minneapolis-based security and business continuity planning provider Assurity River Group. “Assurity River Group has an established track record of providing security and business continuity planning services to businesses in the Upper Midwest,” said Bob Cedergren, partner-in-charge of Wipfli’s risk advisory and forensic services practice. “This combination will enhance our risk management and information security practice capabilities and strengthen our ability to serve both existing and prospective clients.” “Assurity River Group’s leaders and associates are excited about this combination, said Jeff Olejnik, CEO of Assurity River Group. Together with Wipfli, our combined risk advisory services practice will be positioned well to continue to be a leader in providing the value-added risk management, information security and business continuity services our clients have come to expect.” Assurity River Group Inc. provides information security and business continuity planning and program management solutions to keep clients’ business assets and operations secure, available, and recoverable. Wipfli LLP provides accounting and business consulting services.

NV5 Holdings, Inc. (USA) acquired Buric Global LLC and Zollinger Buric, Inc. (USA)
Deal Size: Unspecified Industry: Engineering consulting Date: November 2014
NV5 Holdings, Inc., a provider of professional and technical engineering and consulting solutions, has acquired Zollinger Buric, Inc. and Buric Global LLC. The Buric Companies, two Cleveland, Ohio-based firms with 15 engineering and construction management professionals, provide program management and construction claims consulting services, as well as building information modeling, critical path scheduling, surety consulting, and litigation support. “The acquisition of Zollinger Buric and Buric Global strengthens our Program Management vertical by increasing our geographical footprint, expanding our service offerings in healthcare and adding building information modeling (BIM) capabilities, which we have not had extensively”, said Dickerson Wright, Chairman and CEO of NV5. “The Buric Companies’ owner’s representation, litigation support and project controls services have been instrumental in the successful completion of projects ranging from sports facilities to municipal buildings to healthcare facilities. We look forward to welcoming the Buric team and leveraging their skills and expertise not only to our program management platform, but also to strengthen the technical expertise throughout our verticals.” NV5 Holdings, Inc. provides professional and technical engineering, and consulting solutions to public and private sectors.

Behavioral Science Technology, Inc. (USA) acquired RCI Safety (USA)
Deal Size: Unspecified Industry: IT consulting Date: November 2014
Global consultancy BST announced the acquisition of RCI Safety, a safety software and consulting firm headquartered in Horton, Kansas. The acquisition, completed by BST parent company DEKRA, adds web-based data management capabilities to BST’s suite of safety consulting solutions. Client organisations will have access to single-source tracking of critical safety-related and operational data, including behavior-based safety observations, audits, incident investigations, quality management, and other system information. While web-based data tracking is the gold standard for safety data management, few organisations have access to a system that can capture the various types of information necessary for effective incident reduction. RCI Safety’s proprietary solution allows organisations to record and analyse data from multiple sources, effectively eliminating the information siloes that have plagued the safety field. Regulatory Consultants, Inc. provides Web based data management services. Behavioral Science Technology, Inc. provides workplace safety consulting services.

Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu (USA) agreed to acquire Peter Leach & Partners LLP (UK)
Deal Size: Unspecified Industry: Business consulting Date: November 2014
Deloitte is to extend its expertise in the specialist business advisory consulting market with the acquisition of global family consulting business, Peter Leach & Partners, with effect from January 2015. Established in 2008, Peter Leach & Partners, which operates in the UK, Middle East and Asia, offers family business consultancy services to entrepreneurial families, including support with succession planning, the development of family constitutions, and philanthropy services. Deloitte said the aim of the acquisition was to offer the UK’s 858,000 family businesses access to Deloitte’s other services including corporate finance and real estate services, as well as specialist advice. Welcoming Peter Leach and Alexandra Sharpe to Deloitte as new partners, Claire Webster, head of Deloitte’s private client services team said that Leach is considered the ‘founding father’ of family business thinking in the UK while Sharpe is a recognised leading authority family business with expertise in succession planning and governance issues. Peter Leach & Partners LLP offers business consultancy services. Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu (DTT) is a professional services organization that offers auditing, taxation, financial advisory, and consulting services

MasterCard Advisors, LLC (USA) acquired 5one Marketing Limited (UK)
Deal Size: Unspecified Industry: Marketing consulting Date: November 2014
MasterCard announced it has acquired 5one Marketing Limited, a global consultancy providing services, analysis and software to help retailers manage and grow their businesses. We see 5one as a natural complement to our strong information solutions and consulting foundation,” said Kevin Stanton, president of MasterCard Advisors. “For several years, we have strengthened our relationships with and support of retailers. Our combined offering will provide our clients with richer insights on spending trends and help retailers across all sectors grow their businesses.” ShopperCentre, 5one’s proprietary software, helps optimize insights drawn from their clients’ data. This solution, combined with trends from MasterCard Advisors’ Information Solutions business, will help deliver retailers a unique set of insights and decision-making resources. “We look forward to becoming part of the MasterCard family,” said James House, CEO of 5one. “Both organizations feature a strong commitment to help retailers grow their business and drive bottom-line performance. This enhanced effort will help expedite that.” 5one Marketing Limited, a retail global consultancy company, provides services, analysis, and software to help retailers to transform their business from product-centric to customer-centric. Lafayette Services LaSer S.A., along with its subsidiaries, provides intermediation and customer relationship services in Europe.

ERM Group, Inc. (USA) acquired Safety Design A.S. (Norway)
Deal Size: Unspecified Industry: Engineering consulting Date: November 2014
ERM, the world’s leading environmental, health & safety, risk management and sustainability consultancy, has completed the acquisition of Safety Design A.S., a Norwegian risk management consultancy with 20 staff based in Kristiansand, Norway. Safety Design is a leading provider of technical safety engineering, with an unmatched reputation in the area of fire water design. Safety Design’s main market is the Norwegian based oilfield services and exploration & production companies. Globally, ERM has around 200 safety engineers based in key oil & gas centres including Houston, Aberdeen, Seoul, Perth and Kuala Lumpur. By combining the technical capabilities of Safety Design with ERM’s existing talent, ERM will be in a position to better serve the needs of its clients on complex challenges across the globe. ERM employs some 5,000 staff and supports many of the world’s largest clients, including more than 50 per cent of the Global Fortune 500 through its network of some 150 offices in over 40 countries. ERM has experienced strong growth in the last few years in particular in response to increasing demand from its clients for the high-quality services and project outcomes for which ERM is so well known. Safety Design A.S. offers technical safety engineering services for fire and water design.

Truven Health Analytics Inc. (USA) acquired Joan Wellman & Associates (USA)
Deal Size: $16 million Industry: Healthcare consulting Date: November 2014
Truven Health AnalyticsTM a leading provider of healthcare analytics and data solutions and services, announced the acquisition of Joan Wellman & Associates (JWA Consulting), an organisation focused on the use of Advanced Lean in hospitals and health systems. The strategic acquisition combines Truven’s market-leading cost and quality analytics and consulting expertise with JWA’s pioneering healthcare process improvement capabilities to help healthcare stakeholders improve quality and safety while reducing costs and improving access to care. JWA will add to Truven Health’s strengths in the Lean management arena, bringing additional specialized expertise in Advanced Lean Operating Systems, Lean leadership coaching and training, and Lean facility design. Joan Wellman & Associates, Inc., doing business as JWA Consulting, offers lean manufacturing consulting services for the healthcare industry. Truven Health Analytics Inc. offers information, analytic tools, benchmarks, and services for the healthcare sector.

Phoenix Strategy Investments, LLC (USA) acquired Praendex Incorporated (USA)
Deal Size: Unspecified Industry: Business consulting Date: November 2014
PI Worldwide, a leader in workforce analytics and science-driven insights that help optimise the performance and potential of individuals, teams, and organisations, announced that it has been acquired by Phoenix Strategy Investments. Phoenix Strategy was familiar with PI Worldwide long before the acquisition – the company’s founders have used the company’s Predictive Index (PI®) system to drive employee productivity and development for nearly a decade. According to Phoenix Strategy Investments Founding Partner Mike Zani, the firm will accelerate investments in PI Worldwide’s scientific research and solution suites, which have gained widespread global adoption and driven exceptional company growth in recent years. Robin Wood, President of Predictive Advantage and a PI Worldwide Licensee for 17 years based in London commented on the acquisition, “We have a proud 60 year history of delivering great products and strong local expertise that enable our clients to be more successful at hiring, managing and developing employees. This acquisition brings an exciting new opportunity for business acceleration that will allow our network of consultants to deliver expanded value to our global client base.” Praendex Incorporated, doing business as PI Worldwide, provides science-driven insights that help optimise the performance and potential of individuals, teams, and organisations. Phoenix Strategy Investments, LLC is a private equity and venture capital firm specialising in buyouts, turnarounds, mid venture, divestitures, carve-outs, spin-outs and bridge financings.

SLR Consulting Ltd (UK) acquired Challenge Energy Limited (UK)
Deal Size: Unspecified Industry: Energy consulting Date: November 2014
Challenge Energy has announced that it has joined forces with SLR, the global consultancy group. The deal, which involves SLR buying all the shares of Challenge Energy, will include the merger of the existing UK based SLR upstream team with Challenge Energy. Challenge Energy was founded in 1997 and since that time established itself as a leading provider of integrated upstream oil and gas solutions globally with particular focus in the UK, NW Europe and Africa. In combining forces with SLR’s existing UK oil and gas team, Challenge Energy has further strengthened its offering of integrated services across the upstream oil and gas value chain, and at the same time, gained access to SLR’s wider global oil and gas offering including environmental and regulatory compliance. This deal means Challenge Energy is now, more than ever, the obvious partner for providing multidisciplinary services at all stages of the hydrocarbon value chain – from exploration through to decommissioning. SLR’s CEO Neil Penhall said: “Our acquisition approach is to select complementary businesses that provide supplementary expertise and strengthen our global offering. Like SLR, Challenge prides itself on offering an integrated service that delivers value-added insight and solutions to clients.” SLR Consulting Ltd provides environmental consultancy services to public and private sector clients in United Kingdom and internationally.

Porte Brown LLC (USA) acquired Katzenbach & Associates, Ltd. (USA)
Deal Size: Unspecified Industry: Financial advisory Date: November 2014
Porte Brown LLC, a growing Chicagoland accounting and consulting firm, is pleased to announce its recent merger with Katzenbach & Associates, Ltd., a Bloomingdale-based public accounting firm. Katzenbach & Associates, Ltd. has been working alongside suburban area individuals and businesses since 1979 and is known locally for providing top-quality accounting, assurance and tax services to clients throughout the area. Bruce Jones, Managing Partner of Porte Brown, believes the merger will benefit clients of both firms. Jones says, “Our mutual core values, expertise, and guiding philosophies will make this an easy transition for our combined set of clients. Our success has always been attributed to our investment in people, processes, and technology. Under the Porte Brown umbrella, Katzenbach & Associates’ clients will have access to a greater pool of resources and a larger team of professionals.” Porte Brown LLC is a full service accounting and consulting firm headquartered in the Chicagosuburb of Elk Grove Village, Illinois.

Velocis (USA) acquired The Strategy Artists (USA)
Deal Size: Unspecified Industry: Marketing consulting Date: November 2014
Dallas startup Velocis has acquired Chicago marketing firm The Strategy Artists. The acquisition helps the consulting firm, which calls itself a virtual incubator, bolster its offerings that include product creation, web and mobile development, and marketing and business development. The Strategy Artists is a digital marketing and events company that has worked with clients including Gilt Groupe, Clicktivated, Poncho, Garmental and Red Bull. The Strategy Artists LLC provides marketing services. Velocis, founded by CEO Bradley Joyce, who also runs Launch DFW, aims to strengthen early-stage technology companies so they can scale their businesses.

Mercer Pty Ltd. (Australia) agreed to acquire AUSREM (Australia)
Deal Size: Unspecified Industry: HR consulting Date: November 2014
Mercer announced its acquisition of Perth-based AUSREM, a leader in specialist remuneration research and workforce consulting in the utilities, mining and energy sectors. The acquisition of AUSREM comes at a time when the world’s oil and gas industry is experiencing a talent shortage, according to Mercer’s Global Oil and Gas Talent Outlook and Workforce Practices Survey. Not only do individual companies need to address strategies for attracting and retaining the best talent, but the industry also needs to employ development strategies to address current talent shortages, says Mercer. AUSREM’s proprietary data and consulting expertise, along with Mercer’s Talent capabilities, can help employers achieve competitive advantage in a tight labour market. USREM Pty Limited provides remuneration information and consultancy services. Mercer (Australia) Pty Ltd. provides consulting, outsourcing and investment services.

Impellam Group PLC (UK) agreed to acquire Lorien Resourcing Ltd (UK)
Deal Size: $101.8 million Industry: HR consulting Date: November 2014
Impellam Group plc is pleased to announce the acquisition of Lorien Limited, a UK market leader in technology staffing. Lorien was founded in 1977 and is the largest independent specialist IT recruitment business in the UK, with offices in London, Leeds, Manchester and Edinburgh. It operates under the Lorien Resourcing and Vertical IT brands, through which it provides outsourced recruitment services (or “managed services”) and specialist staffing expertise to more than 400 customers, including some of the UK’s largest blue chip financial, technology and pharmaceutical companies. Lorien benefits from a broad base of long-standing customer relationships, with five of its largest customers having been customers for more than 10 years. The acquisition of Lorien is consistent with Impellam’s strategy of expanding its managed services revenues and adding new disciplines in specialist staffing; provides access to the attractive growth dynamics of the IT staffing market; and enables Impellam to service the IT staffing spend it manages on behalf of clients, but which it currently outsources to competitors. Impellam Group plc provides staffing solutions, human capital management, and outsourced people-related services in the United Kingdom, Ireland, North America, mainland Europe, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, and South Africa.

Telent Limited (UK) to acquire Telindus Limited (UK)
Deal Size: Unspecified Industry: IT consulting Date: November 2014
Telindus UK, a Surrey-based £45m-turnover ICT services company, is set to be acquired by technology services group Telent. The deal would “significantly” increase Telent’s ability to provide end-to-end ICT and IP networking services, the group said. Based in Camberley, Telindus provides network infrastructure, data centre, security, professional and managed services. The company has an annual turnover of more than £45m, with customers including Virgin Media, Interroute and British Aerospace. “Becoming part of the Telent group is an exciting new step for us and will significantly expand our sphere of activity, whilst contributing our expertise to Telent’s overall offering in the marketplace,” said Telindus managing director Marek Lowther. Telindus Limited provides ICT services to enterprises, service providers, and public sector and defense organisations in the United Kingdom and internationally. Telent Ltd., a technology services company, provides network and communications services in the United Kingdom.

Ogilvy South Africa Limited acquired Gloo Digital Design Limited (South Africa)
Deal Size: Unspecified Industry: Marketing consulting Date: November 2014
WPP announces that its wholly-owned marketing communications network, Ogilvy & Mather, has acquired Gloo Digital Design, an award winning South African digital design agency, specialising in creative campaign solutions for all sectors across the digital media space. This investment continues WPP’s strategy of developing its integrated services in fast-growing and important markets and sectors and strengthening its capabilities including digital media. WPP’s digital revenues (including associates) were well over US$6 billion in 2013, representing almost 35% of the Group’s total revenues of US$17.3 billion. WPP has set a target of 40-45% of revenue to be derived from digital in the next five years. Gloo Digital Design Limited is a design agency whixh offers digital campaign solutions. Ogilvy South Africa Limited operates as a marketing communications agency.

BDO USA, LLP (USA) agreed to acquire SS&G, Inc. (USA)
Deal Size: Unspecified Industry: Business consulting Date: November 2014
BDO USA, LLP, one of the nation’s leading professional service organisations, announced a major expansion of its Midwest presence through the addition of more than 375 staff, including 36 partners, from SS&G, Inc and its SS&G Parkland subsidiary (SS&G). A top 40 accounting firm nationally, SS&G partners and employees are based in multiple offices in the Cleveland, Akron, Columbus, Cincinnati and Chicago markets. SS&G provides a full range of accounting and consulting services to a diversified client base with significant strength in the manufacturing, distribution, restaurant, healthcare, nonprofit, real estate and technology industries. The combination of BDO and SS&G is subject to customary closing conditions and is expected to be completed on January 1, 2015. SS&G Wealth Management, SS&G Healthcare and Paytime Integrated Payroll Services are not part of this transaction and will continue to serve their clients as independent entities. “I want to welcome SS&G’s partners and staff to BDO USA. We already generate significant revenue in Ohio, but we have never had an office in the state. This transaction provides a major strategic addition to BDO, as it fills a gap in our geographic coverage of the Midwest. With SS&G, we aren’t just entering a new market, we are gaining a leading accounting practice in Ohio with a great reputation throughout the region, as well as a nationally prominent restaurant practice. At the same time, we are greatly enhancing our existing practice in the greater Chicago market,” said Wayne Berson, CEO of BDO USA. “Combined with other additions in Fort Worth, San Antonio, Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, McLean (VA), Minneapolis and Anchorage that the firm has made over the past two years, this is powerful evidence that quality professionals are drawn to BDO as we continue to elevate our presence in the marketplace.” BDO Seidman, LLP provides accounting and financial advisory services.

Dentsu Aegis Network Ltd. (UK) acquired 80% stake in Fetch Media Ltd (UK)
Deal Size: Unspecified Industry: Marketing consulting Date: November 2014
Dentsu Aegis Network announces the acquisition of Fetch Media Limited, a global full-service mobile agency. Fetch will retain its brand identity and work collaboratively with Dentsu Aegis Network’s market-leading brand, media and communications businesses to help scale and accelerate the group’s mobile capabilities. The business was founded in 2009 by James Connelly and Declan Reddington and currently employs 96 mobile experts delivering mobile strategy, media, creative and analytics services to a wide range of clients in over 90 countries. “With consumers increasingly engaging with brands through mobile devices, mobile media has become a critical part of the communication ecosystem and a key driver for business outcomes. Growing our digital profile across all capabilities is one of our five strategic priorities and this deal clearly recognises the potential we see in both Fetch and the wider mobile market,” said Robert Horler, Chief Executive Officer of Northern Europe, Dentsu Aegis Network. Fetch Media Ltd., a mobile marketing agency, provides strategy, design, and media services for mobile and tablet devices. Dentsu Aegis Network Ltd., through its subsidiaries, provides branding, media, and marketing services to customers worldwide.

Vistra Holdings S.à r.l. (Luxembourg) acquired Trinity Corporate Services Sp. z o.o. (Poland)
Deal Size: Unspecified Industry: Business consulting Date: November 2014
Vistra Group, a leading global provider of corporate and trust services, including company formation and fund administration services, announced the acquisition of Trinity Corporate Services. Trinity, founded in 2004, has grown rapidly to become a market leader in Poland and the Central and Eastern Europe (the CEE), in the management and accounting outsourced services sector, providing services for over 900 multinational clients. In addition, Trinity’s wholly-owned fund services business, OFIZ, administers assets in excess of EUR 12 billion, making it the largest service provider in Poland. Commenting on the acquisition, Tom Ravensdale, CEO of Trinity said, “I am really proud to embark on this new chapter for Trinity. With the combined portfolio of Vistra Group and Trinity, we are better prepared to serve the needs of our clients beyond the CEE as well as provide a broader suite of services to clients in the region. Our clients and business partners are now able to access global solutions via our local offices.” Vistra Holdings S.à r.l. provides trust, fiduciary, corporate, and fund services to corporations, institutional investors, and high net worth individuals and their families.

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