Consulting Sector M&A Deals for week beginning 23rd March

businessman doing handstand on the beachWilson Human Capital Group Inc. (USA) acquired Sumner Grace (USA)
Deal Size: Unspecified Industry: HR consulting Date: March 2015
WilsonHCG, a global leader in recruitment process outsourcing (RPO) and human capital consulting, today announced that it has acquired Sumner Grace, a U.S.-based global talent acquisition, talent management and workforce planning consulting firm. “WilsonHCG is driving innovation within the human capital market, by redefining RPO and being a true strategic business partner. The addition of Sumner Grace to the existing WilsonHCG suite of human capital consulting services continues to add to the progressive solutions we offer,” said John Wilson, Founder and CEO of WilsonHCG and CEO of the combined organisation. “The acquisition further solidifies WilsonHCG’s strong market positioning, and together we will offer best-in-class solutions for our clients.” The acquisition of Sumner Grace, a complementary organisation in both service offerings and culture, further strengthens and optimises WilsonHCG’s existing human capital management consulting services by providing additional scalability and enhanced consulting offerings, meeting the demands of the market. Areas of particular focus include talent strategy and design, technology assessment and vendor implementation and HR transformation. WilsonHCG is a top global recruitment process outsourcing (RPO) and human capital consulting provider that operates on the principle of providing true partnership to its clients. Sumner Grace & Associates LLC provides talent acquisition, talent management, and workforce planning consulting services.

GETECH Group Plc (UK) to acquire ERCL Limited (UK)
Deal Size: $6.4m Industry: Energy consulting Date: March 2015
Getech, the geoscience business specialising in the provision of data, studies and services to the oil, gas and mining exploration sectors, is pleased to announce the execution of an agreement to acquire the entire issued share capital of ERCL Limited, an upstream oil and gas consultancy. Getech has previously stated a strategic aim of acquiring companies with clear commercial fit and synergies, in parallel with the strategic aim of organic growth. The directors believe the new combined Group will be able to offer a significantly more comprehensive range of services and products, addressing exploration and development issues across a broader spectrum of client workflows. In particular ERCL brings to the Group a proven track record of working with Governments and National Oil Companies. Raymond Wolfson, Chief Executive of Getech Group plc, said: “We are delighted that agreement has been reached with ERCL. We see a very strong strategic fit between Getech and ERCL, and believe that this will open up an extended range of opportunities for the enlarged group to work with oil and gas exploration companies and national oil companies. The combined group will have a strong asset base, a broader range of skills and products, and the ability to address exploration issues across the full spectrum of clients from the smallest companies to the super-majors and NOCs.”

NCC Group plc. (UK) entered into an agreement to acquire Accumuli plc (UK)
Deal Size: $77.3 million Industry: IT consulting Date: March 2015
Manchester-headquartered IT services provider NCC Group has struck a deal to buy Accumuli in a deal which values the IT security business at £55m. Rob Cotton, chief executive officer of NCC Group, said: “The addition of Accumuli will enable us to provide a wider and more comprehensive range of security solutions and services. In this dynamic and rapidly growing international market, customers are now looking for the type of 24/7 operational security support and incident management offered by Accumuli in addition to our consulting capabilities.” NCC Group plc provides information assurance solutions to organisations worldwide. Accumuli plc, through its subsidiaries, provides IT infrastructure solutions and services in the United Kingdom and internationally.

Volvere plc (UK) acquired Impetus Automotive Limited (UK)
Deal Size: Unspecified Industry: Business consulting Date: March 2015
Volvere, an investment company, has bought Impetus Automotive (IAL) for £1.3m. Impetus provides consulting services for the automotive sector and last reported full-year revenues of £15.6m and profits before tax of £1.5m. Volvere said it will settle certain debt obligations and acquire the entire share capital of Impetus. Chief executive Jonhathan Lander said: “We are pleased to acquire IAL, a consulting business with a long history and track record of success. “The global automotive market faces continual challenges and IAL’s deep industry insight puts it at the forefront of being able to offer clients value-enhancing solutions.” Impetus Automotive Limited provides automotive consultancy services to vehicle manufacturers in the United Kingdom, mainland Europe, the Asia Pacific, and the Russian Federation. It specialises in market intelligence, strategic planning, program development, performance enhancement, quality improvement, and global assignments; and offers data management and reporting in vehicle sales, service, parts, marketing, finance, and product management. Volvere plc is a private equity firm specialising in investments in acquisitions and turnarounds.

D1 Holdings, LLC (USA) acquired DecisionOne Corporation (USA)
Deal Size: Unspecified Industry: IT consulting Date: March 2015
DecisionOne is the largest independent technology support organisation with over 1,500 highly-skilled technicians, a global footprint, and a 60 year proven track record. DecisionOne’s unique suite of services, currently utilized by many Fortune 100 clients, global enterprises, and government agencies, include field support, professional services, remote infrastructure management, and forward and reverse logistics (including product recall and liquidation). “D1 Holdings’ financial commitment, operational expertise and industry experience will enhance DecisionOne’s position as a premier provider in our industry,” stated William Comfort, President of DecisionOne. “We are excited about this partnership and look forward to drawing on their experience and adjoining their successful track record to our business.” Bhavin Shah of D1 Holdings, LCC, said: “We are very excited about the opportunity to rapidly build on DecisionOne’s deep expertise, strong team and market position to enter new markets and launch new offerings to meet our clients’ ever-changing needs in today’s emerging technology landscape,” DecisionOne Corporation provides information technology (IT) support services to customers in North America.

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