Consulting Sector M&A Deals for week beginning 2nd February

businessman doing handstand on the beachColumbus A/S (Denmark) merged with InterDyn Business Microvar, Inc. (USA)
Deal Size: Unspecified Industry: IT consulting Date: February 2015
InterDyn BMI (InterDyn Business Microvar, Inc) and InterDyn CFO Consulting, two leading providers of Microsoft Dynamics business solutions are pleased to announce they are joining forces effective immediately. The combined, privately-held company will be called InterDyn BMI. The merger of InterDyn BMI, which has a solid representation in the north and south central regions, and InterDyn CFO Consulting, with a strong presence in Florida, will create a formidable regional firm with software and services for Microsoft Dynamics Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP), Microsoft Dynamics Customer Relationship Management (CRM), Microsoft SharePoint, IT managed services, IT Networking and Infrastructure, and custom application development. “The experienced management team of InterDyn BMI stepped in to provide executive leadership to our Tampa and Orlando locations since May 22, 2012. This leadership will continue to ensure consistency in both customer and employee relations. Our customers will have access to the familiar local support, as well as many enhanced services through this merger. We look forward to providing continued and seamless ERP and related services to our existing Dynamics customers,” said Kyle Lublin, owner of InterDyn CFO Consulting, Inc. InterDyn Business Microvar, Inc. provides software and Web solutions for various organisations in the United States. Columbus A/S develops and markets business applications to the retail, food, and manufacturing industries worldwide.

Oliver Wyman, Inc. (USA) acquired TeamSAI, Inc. (USA)
Deal Size: Unspecified Industry: Engineering consulting Date: February 2015
Adding to its existing aviation and aerospace technical advisory expertise, international consulting firm Oliver Wyman has acquired TeamSAI, a US-based leader in the maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) space. Atlanta-based TeamSAI provides consulting and technical services to the global aviation and aerospace industry with a specialisation in maintenance advisory, supply chain, certification and compliance, and technical support services. Along with consulting, TeamSAI provides a full service, turnkey technical service offering known as M&E Solutions that supports various carriers under multi-year agreements. The company also produces the industry-leading Global Fleet & MRO Market Forecast Commentary report and relatedbetterinsight™ data products by leveraging its proprietary database, a key intellectual asset. The group will integrate into CAVOK, Oliver Wyman’s aviation technical services and consulting practice. The combined entity creates a deep source of expertise with over 130 dedicated, full-time specialists who assist airlines, MRO providers, lessors and other aviation and aerospace stakeholders with mission-critical issues surrounding certification, safety, and performance and execution support for technical operations. Chris Doan, TeamSAI’s CEO, adds, “Joining CAVOK and Oliver Wyman’s Transportation Practice allows us to scale up our consulting, advisory and technical services in a differentiated way and offer our clients a slate of new and valuable offerings.” Oliver Wyman, Inc. offers management consulting services. CAVOK Group, Inc. operates as an aviation services and consulting company. TeamSAI, Inc. provides consulting services to the aviation industry.

Mazars Group (France) acquired Global Intelligence Partners (Morocco)
Deal Size: Unspecified Industry: IT consulting Date: February 2015
Mazars Group completed the acquisition of Morocco-based consulting firm, Global Intelligence Partners, specialising in Business Intelligence, and leader in this segment within the West African Market. This merger with a firm that carries expertise in this fast-growing strategic business will enable Mazars Group to strengthen its consulting offer, which experienced in recent years significant growth. Through this operation, Mazars is also expanding its presence not only in Morocco but also in West Africa, where many of its clients have growing interest and where Global Intelligence Partners scored a significant expansion over the last five years. “This acquisition is in line with our vision. It will significantly enhance our offerings in Business Intelligence, Strategic Watch, and Knowledge Management,” commented Kamal Mokdad, Managing Partner of Mazars Morocco, who led the merger between the two entities. Nabil Bayahya, Executive Partner in charge of Consulting operations in Mazars Morocco, added: “This operation illustrates our ability to integrate new services and reflects the development strategy that we have been set from many years”. Mazars will “benefit from the exclusive expertise developed by Global Intelligence Partners consultants, who now join our 14,000 employees worldwide,” said Denis Grison, group Senior Partner in charge of French speaking African countries. Mazars is an international, integrated and independent organisation, specialising in audit, accountancy,tax, legal and advisory services. Global Intelligence Partners (GIP) is a company specialising in Strategy Consulting, Information Monitoring and Business Intelligence.

Omnicom Group Inc. (USA) acquired Torben, Lucie und die gelbe Gefahr GmbH (TLGG) (Germany)
Deal Size: Unspecified Industry: Marketing consulting Date: February 2015
The DAS Group of Companies, a division of Omnicom Group, announced the acquisition of digital consulting and transformation agency Torben, Lucie und die gelbe Gefahr (TLGG). Based in Berlin, TLGG combines the excellence of a strategic consulting firm with the creativity of a digital agency. The deal gives TLGG the ability to draw from DAS’s data insight, technology and creative expertise, to expand its offering to clients, as well as gain access to DAS’s global network. DAS clients will benefit from TLGG’s deep digital transformation skills and change management model, now accessible on a global scale. TLGG enters a close cooperation with RAPP, a DAS company and one of the world’s leading CRM agencies. Christoph Bornschein, Founder of TLGG, said, “With the global breadth and depth of The DAS Group of Companies, we can better deliver high-precision, high-impact brand and consumer digital engagement for current and future clients. We look forward to furthering TLGG’s successful path in tandem with DAS.” DAS Group of Companies offers marketing and public relation services. Omnicom Group Inc., together with its subsidiaries, operates as an advertising, marketing, and corporate communications services company in the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and the Asia pacific.

NV5 Holdings, Inc. (USA) acquired Joslin, Lesser & Associates, Inc. (USA)
Deal Size: Unspecified Industry: Engineering consulting Date: February 2015
NV5 Holdings, Inc., a provider of professional and technical engineering and consulting solutions, has acquired Joslin, Lesser & Associates, Inc. (JLA), a program management and owner’s representation consulting firm that primarily services government owned facilities and public K through 12 school districts in the Boston, MA area. “We are pleased to add JLA to the NV5 team. The acquisition of JLA is an exciting opportunity for NV5 to expand our presence in a major metropolitan area in the northeast and further add to our public and governmental client base,” said Dickerson Wright, P.E., Chairman and CEO of NV5. “JLA has a distinguished history of managing public capital improvement projects and shares NV5’s commitment to providing clients the highest quality program management services possible. JLA will make a great addition to our program management vertical.” Stuart Lesser, President of JLA, commented, “Our decision to join NV5 was primarily due to their excellent track record in developing key niches in their program management vertical and a philosophy of creating unparalleled service to their clients. We believe now with NV5 we have a unique opportunity to increase our presence in the northeast United States. We welcome the opportunity to be a part of the NV5 team.” Joslin, Lesser & Associates, Inc. provides technical and management services in various aspects of construction project and facilities management. NV5 Holdings, Inc. provides professional and technical engineering, and consulting solutions to public and private sectors.

Big Bang ERP Inc. (Canada) merged with Acumen Factory Inc. (Canada)
Deal Size: Unspecified Industry: IT consulting Date: February 2015
Big Bang ERP, a Montreal cloud solution consulting firm, announced that it has officially merged with Acumen Factory, a 3-Star NetSuite Solution Provider. This strategic merger of two of Montreal’s leading cloud CRM and ERP solution providers will deliver customers a wealth of knowledge and experience from some of the best technical and business consultants in the industry. Big Bang ERP, a leading partner of Salesforce and FinancialForce.com, now adds NetSuite as a third offering in its repertoire. Cloud-based CRM and ERP systems have become many companies’ backbones, and Big Bang ERP is passionate that its customers have the right solutions implemented. Big Bang ERP, by remaining solution-agnostic, is assuring customers that their interests are always put first. “The combination of Big Bang ERP and Acumen Factory creates an exciting opportunity for our company, for our employees, and for our customers,” said Gabriel Tupula, Big Bang ERP Co-CEO. “The resulting company will have broader customer reach, increased diversity across industries, technologies and geographies and greater and more consistent revenue growth.” Acumen Factory Inc. provides financial management and enterprise resource planning (ERP) software. Big Bang ERP Inc. operates as a boutique consulting company.

TechPats (USA) acquired Global Intellectual Strategies (Canada)
Deal Size: Unspecified Industry: Business consulting Date: February 2015
TechPats, a US based company headquartered outside of Philadelphia, PA, announced it has acquired Global Intellectual Strategies (GIS), of Ottawa, Canada. TechPats is a patent consulting firm that forms strategic partnerships with their clients, empowering their client companies to grow their businesses, protect their intellectual property assets, and strategically position themselves for the future. Chris Wichser, CEO of TechPats, stated, “We are excited about this combination and the joining of these two great companies. The addition of GIS and their highly skilled team of IP professionals expands our service offerings for current and future clients, and also expands our global reach.” The acquisition positions TechPats as one of the premiere patent consulting firms in the world. The combined companies will have offices in Philadelphia, Ottawa, San Francisco, and Tokyo. Marek Wernik, CEO of GIS and now president of the combined companies, states, “TechPats’ team of experts and engineers is impressive and their leadership team’s vision for the future growth of the company and for meeting the needs of our clients is exciting. GIS has a proud history of service and commitment to our clients and we look forward to continuing our work as TechPats.” Global Intellectual Strategies, Inc. provides intellectual property consulting services to technology companies and licensing professionals. Technology, Patents & Licensing, Inc. offers intellectual property consulting services.

Krones AG (Germany) acquired Triacos (Germany)
Deal Size: Unspecified Industry: IT consulting Date: February 2015
Syskron Holding GmbH, the subsidiary specialising in intralogistics of Krones AG, Neutraubling, Germany, has purchased a 100-per-cent stake in the Triacos GmbH company. By buying Triacos, Syskron Holding is acquiring corporate expertise in consultancy and the implementation of SAP solutions, focusing on production-related and intra-plant logistics, and is now in a position to also offer SAP standard solutions for the beverage industry, in addition to its own software packages. The ability to integrate SAP software solutions is of crucial importance for the development of business models in the context of the “Industry 4.0” concept. Triacos – Consulting & Engineering GmbH provides consultation and implementation of SAP solutions. Krones AG plans, develops, and manufactures machinery and complete lines for the fields of process, filling, and packaging technology, as well as intralogistics in Germany and internationally.

CJBS LLC (USA) acquired Acciari, Levy & Rabyne, LLC (USA)
Deal Size: Unspecified Industry: Financial consulting Date: February 2015
CJBS, LLC, a leading accounting and financial consulting firm in Northbrook, Illinois, announces the completion of its acquisition of the accounting and tax services business of Acciari, Levy & Rabyne, LLC, ofSkokie, Illinois. The combined firm will operate as CJBS, LLC. The joining of the two firms took place on February 1, 2015. The combined firm is conducting its practice as CJBS from the company’s offices at 2100 Sanders Rd., Suite 200 in Northbrook, Illinois. CJBS is an innovative accounting and consulting firm in Northbrook, Illinois, dedicated to protecting and expanding the capital value of privately held mid-size companies through a comprehensive knowledge of the business practices and tax laws specific to each of its clients’ industries.

Ameri100 (USA) merged with Linear Logic CORP (USA)
Deal Size: Unspecified Industry: IT consulting Date: February 2015
Ameri100, industry leading in IT consulting, announced that it has merged with privately held Linear Logics CORP, the leading provider of Supply Chain Management Solutions. The merger will help Ameri100 become a forerunner in IT consulting by helping to strengthen its product and service lines. This transaction was facilitated by Panamax Capital and Indigram Consulting. Linear Logic CORP, based in Philadelphia, USA, further increases Ameri100’s share in the US market. “The combination of Linear Logic CORP with our IT service will provide our clients with a delightful experience. With the acquisition, we also expect that the growth of our brand is more efficient. This will significantly increase our market presence” – Giri Devanur, CEO, Ameri100. Ameri100 will expand Linear Logic CORP’s existing infrastructure and manpower in providing better service to its customers. Dev Nidhi, Chairman & Managing Director of Ameri100 stated, “The integration of both companies will take place over the next few months. Our clients will continue to receive the same high quality service which they have come to expect.” Ameri100 is a global leader in consulting and technology solutions. Linear Logistics LLC provides transportation, consolidation, distribution, and warehousing services for retail, consumer products, and fashion industries internationally.

Stantec Inc. (Canada) agreed to acquire Sparling, Inc. (USA)
Deal Size: Unspecified Industry: Engineering consulting Date: February 2015
North American design firm Stantec will further enhance its West Coast presence and position as a building design leader through a merger with Seattle-based, 130-person Sparling, and their lighting design division Candela. A recognised industry authority in electrical engineering and architectural lighting design, the company has award-winning expertise in technology, wireless, audiovisual, lighting and acoustic design. Sparling has offices in Seattle, San Diego, and Portland with a list of top-tier public and private sector clients. “Sparling brings a talented team of individuals to our organisation in a region that is very important to Stantec,” said Bob Gomes, Stantec president and chief executive officer. “From the Pacific Northwest, they’ve established themselves as a creative, client-focused industry leader and will be a major complement to our growing buildings practice.” “This is a major strategic opportunity for us,” says Eric Overton, Sparling president and CEO. “We can now expand our reach in our key core markets, and will have the opportunity to compete for large, high profile, complex projects with greater project diversity. Most importantly, our clients will now have access to a broader set of services. I could not be more proud of the history and legacy of Sparling and our strong future going forward with Stantec.” Sparling, Inc. provides electrical engineering and consulting services in the United States. Stantec Inc. provides professional consulting services in planning, engineering, architecture, interior design, landscape architecture, surveying, environmental sciences, project management, and project economics for infrastructure and facilities projects in Canada, the United States, and internationally.

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