Consulting Sector M&A Deals for week beginning 10th November

businessman doing handstand on the beachArthur J Gallagher & Co. (USA) acquired SGB-NIA Insurance Brokers (USA)
Deal Size: Unspecified Industry: HR consulting Date: November 2014
Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. announced the acquisition of SGB-NIA Insurance Brokers headquartered in Woodland Hills, California. Established in 1964, SGB-NIA Insurance Brokers (SGB-NIA) provides retail property/casualty, risk management and employee benefits insurance products and consulting services to commercial and individual clients throughout the Western United States. They specialise in insurance coverage for the manufacturing, metal worker, retail hardware and commercial real estate industries. James Scanlon and his colleagues will continue to operate in their Woodland Hills and Camarillo, California locations under the direction of James McFarlane, head of Gallagher’s Western Region retail property/casualty brokerage operations. “SGB-NIA is highly-regarded for its professional standards, solid market relationships and focus on quality customer service and satisfaction,” said J. Patrick Gallagher, Jr., Chairman, President and CEO. “Their niche specialisation, strong western presence and client-based culture will be an excellent addition to our West Coast operations. We look forward to working with Jim and his associates, and we welcome them to our growing Gallagher family of professionals.” SGB-NIA Insurance Brokers Inc. provides property, casualty, risk management, and employee benefits insurance products and consulting services. Arthur J. Gallagher & Co., together with its subsidiaries, provides insurance brokerage and risk management services in the United States and internationally.

CohnReznick LLP (USA) acquired Watkins, Meegan, Drury & Company, LLC (USA)
Deal Size: Unspecified Industry: Business consulting Date: November 2014
CohnReznick LLP, one of the largest accounting, tax, and advisory firms in the U.S., and the Maryland accounting, tax, and consulting firm of Watkins Meegan LLC, have completed the process of merging the firms under the CohnReznick name. This brings added bench strength to both firms, bolsters CohnReznick’s position as a leading firm in the Washington-Metro area, and allows for the geographic expansion of Watkins Meegan’s Government Contractors Practice. With the combination, CohnReznick estimates Firm-wide 2014 revenues of $575 million. Ken Baggett, Co-CEO of CohnReznick stated, “We are continually looking at quality firms whose specialties complement our own. Watkins Meegan is a firm we have known for a number of years and have admired from a distance. We are very pleased about the synergies created by this combination.” CohnReznick LLP provides accounting and consultancy services through its subsidiaries to construction, distribution, entertainment, hospitality, real estate, and manufacturing sectors. Watkins, Meegan, Drury & Company, LLC is an auditor.

ARANZ Geo Limited (New Zealand) acquired QG Pty Ltd. (Australia)
Deal Size: Unspecified Industry: Engineering consulting Date: November 2014
ARANZ Geo Ltd, a leading player in the visualisation and interpretation of geological sciences for the mining, hydrogeology and geothermal industries, has acquired Australian based consultancy QG, a fully integrated geological, geometallurgical and mine planning consultancy. Shaun Maloney, CEO of ARANZ Geo said: “QG builds our knowledge, experience and product offering across the geosciences space and sits alongside our well known Leapfrog 3D geological modelling software. QG will continue in its current form under the company’s new Managing Director Scott Dunham.” QG provides specialist resource evaluation expertise and education for progressive mining companies. The company, with headquarters in Perth and offices in Brisbane and Vancouver, has undertaken projects in dozens of locations around the globe to help clients confidently extract maximum business value from their mine operations. Dunham, who has extensive experience in a range of senior technical management roles within the mining industry, as well as a senior principal QG consultant said: “QG and ARANZ Geo have had a good working relationship for some years now. We look forward to continuing to prosper and grow globally with the support of ARANZ Geo.” RANZ Geo Limited designs and develops 3D geological modeling software solutions for mining, energy, environmental, geothermal, and hydrogeological industries. QG Pty Ltd. offers geology, geostatistics and geometallurgy consultancy services.

Ameri & Partners (USA) merged with WinHire, Inc (USA)
Deal Size: Unspecified Industry: Management / Strategy consulting Date: November 2014
Ameri & Partners, a transition management consulting firm founded in Vienna, VA with offerings that help clients turn their goals into positive business results and WinHire, a human capital management solutions firm founded in Edison, NJ announced the completion of the merger between the two companies. The merger positions the combined entity as a new force in Lean Enterprise Architecture Partnerships (LEAP), in a partner ecosystem collaboration model that ensures high quality resource deployment and well defined transition management process that will deliver results on time, within budget and exceeding quality expectations. The new combined entity will adopt the Ameri100 brand identity. Giri Devanur, CEO of WinHire, who will lead Ameri100 said “We have an unwavering commitment to helping our clients succeed. Our goal is to help clients identify and build the differentiating capabilities they need to win. This combination would not only deliver on this innovative value proposition but would also help reinvent transition management consulting in today’s competitive environment.” Giri is a serial entrepreneur with over 20 years of experience in the IT industry. Previously, Giri founded WinHire in 2010, an innovative company building software products with professional services in the HR space.

Porta Communications Plc (UK) acquired PPS Group Ltd. (UK)
Deal Size: $8.7 million Industry: Media consulting Date: November 2014
Porta Communications PLC, the international marketing and communications group, has announced the acquisition of PPS Group Limited (“PPS”) for a total consideration of £6,161,270. PPS is a leading independent consultancy specialising in reputation management, community engagement and political consensus building, advising on projects such as complex property, infrastructure and energy developments.

Integro Ltd. (USA) acquired Dominium Benefits, LLC (USA)
Deal Size: Unspecified Industry: HR consulting Date: November 2014
Integro Ltd., one of the world’s largest and fastest growing privately held insurance brokerage and risk management firms, has acquired Atlanta-based Dominium to lead its national employee benefit consulting practice. Joining Integro positions Dominium for rapid growth and complements Integro’s Property and Casualty success in the large complex risk market. The Dominium management team, led by CEO Scott Schanen and COO Jimmy Mills, will guide this large complex risk practice and will play a key role in formulating future growth plans for the combined companies. “The employee benefits sector is crucial to our suite of corporate solutions, especially as we look to further enhance and leverage Integro’s leadership position in the management of risk. The combined knowledge and expertise of Dominium and Integro will ensure we deliver unique and sustainable solutions to managing the burgeoning cost of health care,” said William Goldstein, President of Integro. “The strategic approach, technical abilities and proven record of success of Dominium are a perfect fit with Integro’s vision and plans for future growth.” Integro is an insurance brokerage and risk management firm. Dominium is a nationally focused health and welfare benefits consultancy offering innovative strategic consulting services to large employers.

The Haskell Company (USA) acquired FreemanWhite Inc. (USA)
Deal Size: Unspecified Industry: Engineering consulting Date: November 2014
FreemanWhite Inc., a Charlotte-based design practice for more than 100 years, has been acquired by Jacksonville, Fla.-based Haskell, the companies announced on Wednesday. The acquisition results in what the firms are calling “a 360-degree service offering that fully aligns health-care business strategy, operational performance, planning, design, engineering, construction and post occupancy evaluation across the care continuum,” according to a news release. FreemanWhite, with offices in Charlotte, Chicago, San Diego and Nashville, Tenn., focuses exclusively on the health-care sector. “The health-care industry is experiencing a seismic shift, and providers are being challenged to deliver accountability across the continuum of care,” Jim Eaton, vice president of health care at Haskell, said in the release. “Our alignment with FreemanWhite is a groundbreaking move in the market to create a full-service offering that will be an industry leader in providing innovative solutions through a highly integrated service model.” The deal also expands Haskell’s geographic footprint, adding FreemanWhite’s four offices to Haskell’s existing nine locations. FreemanWhite will continue to do business under its name and brand. FreemanWhite Inc. provides emergency department design, healthcare strategic consulting, and healthcare analytics services to healthcare organisations in the United States. The Haskell Company, a design-build organisation, provides planning, architectural, engineering, construction, program management, real estate, financing, and facility management services.

National Valuation Consultants Inc. (USA) to merge with Crosson Dannis Inc. (USA)
Deal Size: Unspecified Industry: Business consulting Date: November 2014
Longtime real estate valuation and consulting firm Crosson Dannis Inc. has signed a letter of intent with Denver-based National Valuation Consultants Inc. to form one of the country’s largest privately held real estate appraisal, consulting and advisory firms in the United States. The merger will help the Dallas-based firm continue its legacy for the long haul, said Steve Crosson, who started Crosson Dannis with Chuck Dannis more than 37 years ago. “NVC and its management team have an unmatched reputation in the commercial real estate industry and their national platform gives CDI the extensive technical support and professional resources not available to us now with just a single office,” Crosson said. National Valuation Consultants Inc. offers real estate appraisal services. Crosson Dannis, Inc. is a leading national real estate valuation and consulting firm.

Ricardo-AEA Ltd (UK) acquired PPA Energy (UK)
Deal Size: Unspecified Industry: Energy consulting Date: November 2014
Ricardo has announced the acquisition of UK consultancy PPA Energy, providing a valuable extension to the group’s energy sector capability, ranging from conventional small scale and distributed power systems, to renewable power and smart grid technologies. With a particular emphasis on innovation within the power industry, PPA Energy specialises in techno-economic and management consultancy services for the energy sector. The company has an extremely strong international customer base covering over 90 countries, with particular expertise in economic and financial analysis, pricing, market regulation and technology for electricity networks. Its services are in significant demand both in the UK and across the world, as governments, regulators, utilities and private sector developers face the large investment and implementation challenge of renewing and expanding electricity infrastructure, installing new smart grid technology, and addressing the challenges of distributed power generation. PPA Energy will join the Ricardo plc group as a new consultancy practice of wholly owned subsidiary Ricardo-AEA, whose services include providing UK and international public and private sector clients with advice on renewable energy strategy and implementation, carbon markets, and climate change. The new acquisition will thus offer an immediate synergy with Ricardo-AEA, and will enable it to respond in a broader way to clients’ requirements, as they seek to understand not only their renewable energy potential, but also how to connect with modern electricity networks and establish appropriate market mechanisms. AEA Technology Plc operates as an environmental consultancy which provides technical consultancy services.

Bray Leino Limited (UK) acquired Speed Communications Limited (UK)
Deal Size: Unspecified Industry: Marketing consulting Date: November 2014
The Mission Marketing Group plc, the marketing communications and advertising group, is pleased to announce the acquisition of Raymond Loewy International Limited (“Speed Communications”) and its concurrent merger with Bray Leino PR (the specialist PR division of Bray Leino) to create a separate standalone PR business with revenues in excess of £5m, to be known as Speed Communications. Speed Communications is a London-based PR Agency, employing 25 staff and working with a broad portfolio of prestigious Clients including The Economist, The FT, adidas, GSK and Lucozade Sport. Bray Leino PR, employing 40 staff, has offices in Bristol and London and encompasses both consumer and lifestyle and B2B Clients including Virgin Media, Remington, Samsung, Wincanton and RAC. The two PR businesses will merge to create a new PR offering with real critical mass in the industry, specialising in the Sport, Media, Technology, Consumer & Lifestyle, and Business & Corporate sectors. It will represent a separate Specialist Activity Agency The Mission Marketing Group’s portfolio, and report directly to the board. Executive Chairman of The Mission Marketing Group, David Morgan, said: “The acquisition of Speed Communications and the merger with Bray Leino PR gives us the opportunity to create an exciting new force in PR, offering a wide range of multi-channel and multi-sector capabilities. We are delighted to welcome Kate Bosomworth and her team into the The Mission Marketing family and have no doubt that by joining forces with Bray Leino PR the potential for growth is significant.”

Ryan (USA) to acquire Worldwide Trade Partners LLC (USA)
Deal Size: Unspecified Industry: Business consulting Date: November 2014
Ryan, a leading global tax services firm with the largest indirect and property tax practices in North America, announced that the Firm has signed an agreement to acquire WTP Advisors (WTP), one of the fastest-growing independent tax practices in the industry. The acquisition will add a team of experienced tax professionals to provide additional knowledge and client support across multiple practice areas, including international tax, credits and incentives, state and local tax, and federal tax. WTP’s core capabilities in international tax compliance and tax provision services will drive growth in Ryan’s rapidly expanding International Tax practice. It also adds a large complement of respected companies to Ryan’s portfolio of clients across the world. Revenue generation and accelerated return on investment will be realized by offering WTP clients additional access to the Firm’s integrated, single-source solution of more than 45 global tax practices for improving cash flow and minimizing tax liabilities. “WTP clients will benefit tremendously from the unparalleled tax knowledge, expertise, and commitment to client service that our newly combined team of tax professionals will provide,” said Michael Minihan, Partner and Co-Founder of WTP. “This acquisition will support a new phase of international growth and expansion for Ryan, and the legacy professionals of WTP will play a key role in our future success,” said Ian Boccaccio, Partner and Co-Founder of WTP. Worldwide Trade Partners LLC, doing business as WTP Advisors, offers tax and business advisory services.

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