Consulting Sector M&A Deals for week beginning 6th April

businessman doing handstand on the beachNFP Corp. (USA) acquired Trinity Consulting (USA)
Deal Size: Unspecified Industry: HR consulting Date: April 2015
NFP, a leading insurance broker and consultant that provides employee benefits, property & casualty (P&C), retirement, and individual insurance and wealth management solutions, has expanded its P&C capabilities and added significant scale to its employee benefits operation by acquiring Trinity Consulting. A large risk management and regional employee benefits firm based in Charlotte, NC, Trinity has provided consulting and brokerage services to corporate clients since 2001. In addition to its P&C offerings, the firm boasts a full suite of employee benefits solutions. “We’re excited to bring Trinity into the growing NFP family,” said Christi Byron, from NFP. “The firm’s expansive P&C and employee benefits resources give us a unique opportunity to enhance multiple service offerings at one time. The addition of Trinity’s commercial P&C expertise brings a significant new solution to our team.” Trinity Consulting, Inc. provides brokerage, communication, and consulting services in the areas of employee benefits, property and casualty, and 401(k) and retirement planning to corporate clients. NFP Corp. operates as an insurance broker, consultant, and wealth management company.

Emtec Inc. (USA) acquired Lucidity Consulting Group LP (USA)
Deal Size: Unspecified Industry: IT Consulting Date: April 2015
Emtec, Inc., a leading consulting firm providing industry specific transformative digital solutions, announces the acquisition of Lucidity Consulting Group (Lucidity), effective April 2, 2015. Lucidity (www.luciditycg.com), based in Irving, Texas, is an information technology consulting firm that provides advisory, integration, and managed services across the Utilities, Manufacturing and Distribution sectors. The acquisition significantly complements and expands Emtec’s consulting services including additional expertise in the Utilities and Manufacturing industries.

Accenture plc (Ireland) acquired Axia Limited (USA)
Deal Size: Unspecified Industry: Management Consulting Date: April 2015
Axia, headquartered in Boston, provides growth, go-to-market, operational, performance management and M&A consulting services. The company’s clients are mainly in the life sciences, health care and consumer goods sectors. The Dublin, Ireland-based buyer is a management consulting, technology services and outsourcing company. Accenture plans to add Axia to its Accenture Strategy unit. The acquisition bolsters the capabilities of Accenture Strategy to help clients improve their competitiveness by delivering growth through strategic cost management and organizational agility.

Wilson Human Capital Group Inc. (USA) acquired Sumner Head2head (Canada)
Deal Size: Unspecified Industry: HR Consulting Date: April 2015
WilsonHCG, a recruitment process outsourcing (RPO) and human capital consulting firm, acquired Head2Head, a Canada-based recruitment services firm. “The market continues to dictate a need for global capabilities from a single provider. And this expansion has allowed us to increase our in-market presence across Canada to support the demand from clients who have expressed a need for expanded talent solutions and resources,” said John Wilson, Founder and CEO of WilsonHCG and CEO of the combined organization. The acquisition strengthens WilsonHCG’s leading RPO and human capital consulting offerings by providing increased scalability, expertise, language capabilities and suite of services in-market, while meeting the needs of those doing business specifically within Canada.
Merkle Inc. (USA) Acquires Pointmarc LLC (USA)
Deal Size: Unspecified Industry: IT Consulting Date: April 2015
Merkle, a data-driven performance marketing agency, has acquired digital analytics consultancy Pointmarc, Seattle, Wash., in an effort to expand digital capabilities to better support data, analytics, technology, and experience design and creation. Pointmarc offers strategy, design and deployment of data-related solutions. The company provides digital asset instrumentation and tagging, data management, analytics, reporting and data visualisation.

Survey Sampling International LLC (USA) acquired MRops Inc. (USA)
Deal Size: Unspecified Industry: Business Consulting Date: April 2015
Survey Sampling International has entered into a definitive agreement to purchase the majority of assets of MRops, an industry-leading provider of end-to-end market research operations services to management consulting firms and market research agencies. With this acquisition, SSI strengthens its leadership position as a global data solutions and technology company by significantly expanding its operational and delivery capability, substantially adding to an already fast-growth global B2B business and deepening its expertise in management consulting and healthcare. Survey Sampling International provides sampling, data collection and data analytic solutions for consumer and business-to-business survey research.

Crum & Forster Holdings Corp. (USA) acquired Redwoods Group Inc. (USA)
Deal Size: Unspecified Industry: Business Consulting Date: April 2015
Crum & Forster has acquired the Redwoods Group, a company that offers insurance and risk-consulting services to youth-serving organizations. For Crum & Forster, the transaction means the company will expand its direct underwriting operations to include Redwoods Group’s underwriting, claims handling and risk consulting expertise, along with geographic territory and broker and customer relationships, Marc Adee, chairman and chief executive officer of Crum & Forster, said in a statement. Crum & Forster provides specialty and standard commercial lines insurance products through admitted and surplus lines insurance companies.

Schneider Downs & Co Inc. (USA) acquires Meridian Group (USA)
Deal Size: Unspecified Industry: Financial Advisory Date: April 2015
Schneider Downs & Co. Inc., the largest Pittsburgh-based independent public accounting firm, acquired the investment banking consulting firm Meridian Group, a 17-year-old turnaround specialist with clients in several states. The Meridian Group specializes in providing, corporate workout/turnaround management services, financing, management consulting and merger and acquisition consulting. The merger increases Schneider Downs’ expertise in the areas of corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions and due diligence, and will immediately expand the firm’s business advisory services with corporate workout/turnaround management experience and debt refinancing.

CTI Engineering (Japan) acquired Unitika Environmental Technical Center Ltd. (Japan)
Deal Size: $2.1 million Industry: Environmental Consulting Date: April 2015
CTI Engineering Co, Ltd, an engineering and consulting firm, has agreed to acquire 80,001 shares representing 100% stake in Unitika Environmental Technical Center Co., Ltd., a provider of consultancy services on environmental improvements and analyses, from Unitika Ltd, a manufacturer of polymers, advanced materials, fibers, textiles, and health and amenity related products.

Triumvirate Environmental, Inc. (USA) acquired Around the Clock Compliance, Inc (USA)
Deal Size: Unspecified Industry: Environmental Consulting Date: April 2015
Triumvirate Environmental Inc. has announced it has officially acquired Around the Clock Compliance (ATCC), a Massachusetts based company that has been in business for nearly 18 years performing various EH&S related consultative services. Triumvirate Environmental is known as a leading provider of enterprise waste management and environmental services up and down the east coast. As part of Triumvirate Environmental’s continuing expansion, the new acquisition of ATCC will improve business growth and service offerings to current customers as well as new ones. The acquisition combines the strengths of Triumvirate Environmental and Around the Clock Compliance by leveraging Triumvirate’s large network and resources and ATCC’s niche expertise to deliver an unparalleled EH&S experience to clients. “We are pleased to add ATCC into Triumvirate’s New England operations, allowing us to further enhance our market position in the EHS consulting arena. Among the many benefits of the acquisition, we are most excited about expanding our consulting services in the areas of Biosafety, Radiation Safety and Industrial Hygiene. Clients who are working with or compounding active pharmaceutical compounds (APIs) or highly toxic compounds, developing nanoscale processes, or want to explore the use of risk assessment tools like control banding will be especially pleased.” said Tim Mooney, VP Operations of Triumvirate Environmental. “Triumvirate Environmental and ATCC share a strong client focus, and the combination of the companies’ strengths will help deliver a richer and more comprehensive EH&S experience to our clients. We look forward to bringing together the two companies to deliver the best of EH&S.” Around the Clock Compliance, Inc. provides environmental, health, and safety consultative services. Triumvirate Environmental, Inc. provides environmental services for education, healthcare, industrial, and life sciences markets.

Bala Consulting Engineers, Inc. (USA) acquired Tmp Consulting Engineers, Inc. (USA)
Deal Size: Unspecified Industry: Engineering Consulting Date: April 2015
Boston-based TMP Consulting Engineers has been acquired by Philadelphia-based Bala Consulting Engineers Inc.. The acquisition gives Bala, one of Philadelphia’s largest engineering firms, a foothold in the Boston market, while it gives TMP the opportunity to offer clients a more diversified range of services, as well as a centralized business unit to handle functions such as human resources, marketing and IT. “The world has sort of passed by the idea of a single-discipline firm,” said Mike Spence, formerly senior partner and president of TMP Consulting Engineers Inc. in Boston. Spence will become executive vice president at the newly renamed Bala | TMP Consulting Engineers. TMP Consulting Engineers, Inc. provides mechanical, electrical, plumbing, and fire protection consulting and engineering services. BALA CONSULTING ENGINEERS, INC. provides engineering, consulting, and commissioning services for corporate, data center, education, high-rise, healthcare, life science and multi-unit housing projects. TMP Consulting Engineers, Inc. provides mechanical, electrical, plumbing, and fire protection consulting and engineering services. BALA CONSULTING ENGINEERS, INC. provides engineering, consulting, and commissioning services for corporate, data center, education, high-rise, healthcare, life science and multi-unit housing projects.

BDO Solutions (Canada) merged with Systemgroup Consulting Inc. (Canada)
Deal Size: Unspecified Industry: IT Consulting Date: April 2015
BDO Solutions is pleased to announce its merger with Systemgroup Consulting Inc., an award-winning Mississauga-based technology consulting firm. Systemgroup will operate under the BDO name, allowing the firm to bring a significantly expanded range of services and resources to the Greater Toronto Area and across Canada. BDO Solutions will welcome two partners, over 50 staff members, and a team of independent contractors in the merger. Systemgroup focuses on the development and integration of software solutions using the Microsoft Application Platform. The addition of the company will expand BDO’s service offerings in application development and integration, data management, project collaboration and productivity tools including both cloud and mobile platforms. The combination of Systemgroup and BDO will now provide industry-leading performance capabilities across Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP), Customer Relationship Management (CRM), Business Analytics, and development technology. “We are extremely excited to welcome Systemgroup to our practice,” Chris Johnsen, National Solutions Partner, said. “In addition to bringing in a group of dedicated and talented professionals, the merger will allow us to fill gaps in our services offering which will allow us to deliver a broader spectrum of expertise across the full range of Microsoft products.” Systemgroup Consulting Inc. provides IT and business management solutions. BDO Solutions provides selection, implementation, and support of business software solutions for various industries in Canada.

iSight Security, Inc. (USA) acquired Critical Intelligence, Inc. (USA)
Deal Size: Unspecified Industry: IT Consulting Date: April 2015
iSIGHT Partners, Inc., the leading provider of cyber threat intelligence for global enterprises, announced the acquisition of Idaho-based Critical Intelligence, the leader in cyber situational awareness and threat intelligence for Industrial Control Systems (ICS) owners and operators. Under the terms of the agreement, iSIGHT Partners has acquired 100% of Critical Intelligence, a 6-year old company and pioneer in identifying vulnerabilities and threats to critical infrastructure systems, including supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) and other process control systems (PCS). “Demand for cyber threat intelligence continues to accelerate as more and more enterprises recognize that they cannot counter sophisticated cyber threats through technology alone,” said CEO John Watters at iSIGHT Partners. “With the increased threat concerns for organizations that own and manage critical infrastructure or operate important manufacturing systems, an intelligence-led approach to cyber security is critical. While critical infrastructure has always been a focus area for iSIGHT Partners, adding the Critical Intelligence team extends our cyber threat intelligence leadership position for this industry segment.” Critical Intelligence, Inc. offers cyber situational awareness and threat intelligence services. iSight Security, Inc., doing business as iSight Partners, Inc., provides cyber threat intelligence solutions to public sector and commercial entities in the United States and internationally.

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