Consulting Sector M&A Deals for week beginning 4th May

businessman doing handstand on the beachT.Y. Lin International Group Ltd. (USA) acquired Lindbergh & Associates LLC (USA)
Deal Size: Unspecified Industry: Engineering consulting Date: May 2015
T.Y. Lin International (TYLI), a globally recognized full-service infrastructure consulting firm, and O’Brien & Gere, a national engineering solutions company, announce that TYLI has purchased Lindbergh & Associates (L&A) from O’Brien & Gere. L&A has a rich history in providing technical services to clients in the Federal market. In operation in Charleston, South Carolina since 1982, L&A will now conduct business as Lindbergh & Associates, a T.Y. Lin International Company. The Charleston-based office will serve as a platform for TYLI as the firm continues to strengthen and diversify its markets across the Southeast and build a strong Federal services program. L&A has an excellent track record in providing Architectural and Engineering services to numerous federal agencies, including the USACE, NAVFAC, the Veterans Administration, USFWS, and USPS, to name a few. “The acquisition of Lindbergh & Associates will foster T.Y. Lin International’s expansion into the Federal market,” said Alvaro J. Piedrahita, P.E., TYLI President and Chief Executive Officer. “We welcome their well-respected staff of planning, architecture, engineering, and construction management professionals to our firm. Combining their state-of-the-art tools, services, and deep knowledge on local issues with T.Y. Lin International’s global presence will result in enhanced support and value for our clients.” Lindbergh & Associates, a T.Y. Lin International Company provides planning, design, and management services. T.Y. Lin International Group Ltd. provides infrastructure consulting services in the United States and internationally.

Arthur J Gallagher & Co. (USA) acquired Burns-Fazzi, Brock & Associates, LLC (USA)
Deal Size: Unspecified Industry: HR consulting Date: May 2015
US-based insurance brokerage and risk management services firm Arthur J. Gallagher and Co. has acquired North Carolina, US-based benefits consultant Burns-Fazzi, Brock and Associates. Founded in 1995, Burns-Fazzi Brock (BFB) provides compensation consulting services specifically for credit union executives throughout the United States. They also specialize in the design, implementation and administration of supplemental executive retirement plans as well as consulting services for welfare and death benefit plans. Christine Burns-Fazzi, Richard Brock, Thomas Telford and their colleagues will continue to operate from their current Charlotte and South Ogden, Utah locations under the direction of David Ziegler, head of Gallagher’s eastern employee benefit consulting and brokerage operations. “One of the reasons our acquisition strategy is so successful is because we continue to find great businesses that fit well with our unique culture and our areas of expertise, and BFB is no exception. This firm has grown consistently over the years by providing exceptional value to its clients through its depth of expertise, strong market relationships and its focus on quality service,” said J. Patrick Gallagher, Jr., Chairman, President and CEO. “BFB’s credit union specialization will be a significant addition to Gallagher’s niche practice group strategy and will be a great complement to our compensation and benefit consulting operations. We are pleased to welcome Chris, Rich, Tom and their associates to our growing Gallagher family of professionals.” Arthur J. Gallagher & Co., together with its subsidiaries, provides insurance brokerage and risk management services in the United States and internationally. Burns-Fazzi, Brock & Associates, LLC operates as a benefits consultancy that provides executive benefits and compensation consulting solutions to the credit unions.

Mastek (UK) Ltd. (UK) acquired IndigoBlue Consulting Limited (UK)
Deal Size: Unspecified Industry: IT consulting Date: May 2015
Ahmedabad based IT consulting Mastek Limited has acquired IndigoBlue Consulting for an undisclosed amount. The acquisition was routed through Mastek Limited’s UK based subsidiary, Mastek UK. IndigoBlue will now operate as an independently wholly owned subsidiary of Mastek Limited. The acquisition will bring IndigoBlue’s Agile consulting and programme management with Mastek’s technology delivery capability on a single platform which will allow them to offer end to end transformational services, business change consulting and enterprise scale solution delivery. Founded in 2002, IndigoBlue Consulting Ltd is an IT consulting, specialising in Agile programme and project management. The company has designed technology change strategy for the Customer First Programme at YHA (Youth Hostels Association). IndigoBlue Consulting Limited provides agile IT business change consultancy services. It offers IT strategy development, agile virtual IT director and chief digital officer services, and interim management, as well as agile consulting services, such as agile transformation, delivery assurance, and training. Mastek (UK) Ltd. provides enterprise technology solutions to customers across the private and public sector.

International Business Machines Corporation (USA) agreed to acquire Phytel, Inc. (USA)
Deal Size: Unspecified Industry: Healthcare consulting Date: May 2015
IBM announced plans to acquire Phytel, a leading provider of integrated population health management software. The acquisition bolsters the company’s efforts to apply advanced analytics and cognitive computing to help primary care providers, large hospital systems and physician networks improve healthcare quality and effect healthier patient outcomes. Phytel will become part of IBM’s new Watson Health unit. Phytel develops and sells cloud-based services that help healthcare providers and care teams work together to ensure care is effective and coordinated in order to meet new healthcare quality requirements and reimbursement models. It was just named the leader in the population health management category by the 2014 Best in KLAS Awards: Software & Services. Population health management makes it possible to deliver proven quality of care to patients based on evidence of what works best, so physicians can deliver higher value. The software works with healthcare providers’ current electronic health record technology to reduce patient hospital readmissions and automates population health management, improving patient outreach and engagement. Because it is cloud-based, providers are not constrained with technology issues and can focus on outcomes. The software has delivered proven results for Phytel clients while improving patient care using a rapid deployment methodology. Phytel, Inc. provides population health management and improvement solutions for health care organizations. International Business Machines Corporation provides information technology (IT) products and services worldwide.

Science Applications International Corporation (USA) to acquire Scitor Corporation (USA)
Deal Size: $790m Industry: Engineering consulting Date: May 2015
Science Applications International Corp. announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire intelligence community market leader Scitor Corp. for $790 million in an all cash transaction from private equity firm Leonard Green & Partners. The SAIC Board of Directors has approved the transaction, which is expected to close in May 2015 and is subject to customary closing conditions. “The acquisition of Scitor unites two great companies with premier workforces making a profound difference for customers,” said SAIC CEO Tony Moraco. “Scitor is a recognized market leader with long-standing customer and industry relationships within the intelligence community and is aligned with SAIC’s market expansion strategy. Operating as one company represents an opportunity to create shareholder value by gaining access to new customers and leveraging capabilities from both companies to increase revenues and earnings.” Scitor Corporation provides systems engineering, management consulting, and information services to customers in the United States. Science Applications International Corporation provides technical, engineering, and enterprise information technology (IT) services in the United States.

Arthur J Gallagher & Co. (USA) acquired Vital Benefits Inc (Canada)
Deal Size: Unspecified Industry: HR consulting Date: May 2015
Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. announced the acquisition of Vital Benefits Inc. in Calgary, Alberta. Founded in 2006, Vital Benefits is an employee benefits insurance broker and consultant that offers employee benefits products and consulting services to corporate, professional and individual clients throughout Canada. They specialize in providing tailored benefit and retirement programs and services such as consulting and design, implementation, education, management, and program evaluation and assessment. Melanie Jeannotte, Laura Barkley and their colleagues will continue to operate from their Calgary location under the direction of William Ziebell, Gallagher’s Canadian employee benefit brokerage and consulting leader. “Vital Benefits is a great example of what we look for in a merger partner. They have a sales and service culture that matches ours, and they are highly-regarded for their benefits expertise, and their ability to anticipate and provide benefit solutions for their clients’ evolving business needs,” said J. Patrick Gallagher, Jr., Chairman, President and CEO. “In addition, their Calgary presence and solid industry relationships will be a terrific complement to our growing employee benefits brokerage and consulting operation in Canada. We are pleased to welcome Melanie, Laura and their associates to our growing Gallagher family of professionals.” Vital Benefits Inc. provides insurance, benefit and retirement, executive, targeted benchmarking, communications consulting, and other solutions for corporations, independent professionals, and individuals. Arthur J. Gallagher & Co., together with its subsidiaries, provides insurance brokerage and risk management services in the United States and internationally.

Morgan Tucker Limited (UK) acquired BES Consulting Engineers, Inc. (UK)
Deal Size: Unspecified Industry: Engineering consulting Date: May 2015
Morgan Tucker has acquired mechanical and electrical firm BES Consulting Engineers as part of their growth strategy. The acquisition is the first the firm has made since the Foresight Nottingham Fund invested a seven figure sum to support their growth plans to expand across Britain. he deal means Morgan Tucker can add mechanical and electrical engineering services to its existing multi-disciplined consultancy. “Our strategy has always been to create more regional offices throughout the country to enable us to service more clients more thoroughly,” said Matthew Tucker, managing director at Morgan Tucker. “This acquisition will be mutually beneficial for both sets of clients. BES Consulting Engineers Ltd provides mechanical and electrical building service consultancy services. Morgan Tucker Limited operates as an independent engineering consultancy services company.

BCG Partners, Inc. (USA) to acquire Computerized Facility Integration, LLC (USA)
Deal Size: Unspecified Industry: IT consulting Date: May 2015
Brokerage BGC Partners Inc. said it agreed to buy real estate consulting firm Computerized Facility Integration LLC for an undisclosed sum in an acquisition that highlights the growing need for companies to wring costs and boost efficiencies from a global network of corporate properties and facilities. “A lot of companies don’t have a good sense of what their true spend it, where they’re spending money and how much they’re spending with each vendor,” Ippolito said. “To put that together is really complicated. It’s one of the challenges real estate advisors have.” Investing in technology is nothing new for BGC, which Mr. Lutnick said had been a crucial part of the firm’s growth. Computerized Facility Integration, L.L.C. provides consulting and systems integration services for public and private clients. BGC Partners, Inc. operates as a brokerage company in the United Kingdom, the United States, and internationally.

Arthur J Gallagher & Co. (USA) acquired McDowall Associates Human Resource Consultants Ltd. (Canada)
Deal Size: Unspecified Industry: HR consulting Date: May 2015
Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. announced the acquisition of McDowall Associates Human Resource Consultants Ltd. (McDowall Associates) located in Toronto, Ontario. Incorporated in 1987, McDowall Associates is a compensation and human resources consulting firm that offers expertise, data and tools for total rewards management. They specialize in services such as broad-based and executive compensation consulting, job evaluation and measurement, pay equity analysis, market reviews, and salary benchmarking and compensation surveys for their Canadian and international commercial, private and non-for-profit clients. Liz Wright, Robert Levasseur, Larry Moate and their associates will continue to operate in their current locations under the direction of William Ziebell, Gallagher’s Canadian employee benefit consulting and brokerage operations leader. “For more than 25 years, McDowall Associates has been extremely successful in designing and implementing key compensation and human resource strategies that have helped its clients motivate and retain quality employees and increase effectiveness and profitability,” said J. Patrick Gallagher, Jr., Chairman, President and CEO. “Their compensation specialty combined with their client-driven culture and Canadian presence will be an outstanding addition to our employee benefit operations. We are pleased to welcome Liz, Bob, Larry and their team to our growing Gallagher family of professionals.” McDowall Associates Human Resource Consultants Ltd. provides compensation consulting services. Arthur J. Gallagher & Co., together with its subsidiaries, provides insurance brokerage and risk management services in the United States and internationally.

PKF O Connor Davies (USA) agreed to acquire McEnerney Brady & Company LLC (USA)
Deal Size: Unspecified Industry: Financial advisory Date: May 2015
O’Connor Davies, LLP, one of the nation’s fastest growing accounting and consulting firms, announced the merger with McEnerney, Brady & Company, LLC, a Certified Public Accounting firm located in Livingston, New Jersey. Founded 25 years ago, McEnerney, Brady & Company has built a strong commercial business practice where its team of top advisors counsel closely-held, family-owned companies and entrepreneurs in the areas of accounting, auditing, management services and tax to help them through the various stages of their business’ lifecycle. In addition to expertise in serving governmental entities, the firm also has nearly three decades of experience in serving unions, including police and fire unions, and assists labor unions in meeting the disclosure and reporting requirements mandated by the U.S. Department of Labor and the Internal Revenue Service, as well as other services. “Francis McEnerney and Edmond Brady have built a firm that has thrived over the last 25 years and offers unmatched services for commercial businesses, unions and litigation support as complex financial problems continue to evolve,” said O’Connor Davies Managing Partner Kevin J. Keane. “Their expertise helps build out a critical niche for our business, while giving their team access to the resources and relationships of O’Connor Davies. We’re excited to have them onboard and are confident they’ll continue to thrive as part of our business.”

SingleStone (USA) acquired DocCompSolutions (USA)
Deal Size: Unspecified Industry: IT consulting Date: May 2015
SingleStone, a Richmond, Va.-based consulting firm that specializes in customer experience (CX) solutions, and DocCompSolutions, a leading customer communications management (CCM) technology and process consultancy, announced that SingleStone has acquired DocCompSolutions in an undisclosed transaction. “After more than a year and a half partnering with DocComSolutions on successful client projects, we knew there was both a strategic and cultural fit between the firms,” said David Dart, associate principal at SingleStone. “This acquisition adds market reach and capability, but more importantly, seasoned experts that are aligned with our core mission to improve customer experiences.” SingleStone’s new CCM solutions group will continue to consult independent of a single technology platform partner, focusing on document ingestion and conversion processes that are often the weakest links in any CCM integration. “Current CCM software platforms are pretty equal in capability and stability, so we tend to focus on optimizing the client’s document workflow methodology so they are able to realize full value from their software investment,” said Matt Waldau, founder and principal at DocCompSolutions. Recent deployments for U.S. insurance and banking clients have included software from HP and Thunderhead. DocCompSolutions provides customer communication development, reengineering, and consulting services.

Accenture plc (Ireland) acquired T’quila Limited (UK)
Deal Size: Unspecified Industry: IT consulting Date: May 2015
Accenture has acquired Tquila UK, a leading independent Salesforce consulting services provider. This is part of a strategic move to strengthen Accenture’s position as a provider of Salesforce services and cloud implementations. Tquila is one of the largest Salesforce partners in Europe and specialises in delivering cloud solutions powered by the Salesforce1 Platform. “We have seen significant growth in SaaS as more companies adopt the cloud and digital strategies to collaborate better, drive greater operational efficiencies and accelerate the development of new products and services,” said Emma McGuigan, managing director, Accenture Technology, UK and Ireland. “One key factor for our continued success in delivering Salesforce solutions depends on having the right skilled professionals to meet the growing demand. With Tquila on board we have the critical mass to more proactively target big opportunities both in the UK and Europe, which will extend our position in the region.” Accenture is a global management consulting, technology services and outsourcing company, with more than 323,000 people serving clients in more than 120 countries. T’quila Limited develops, customizes, implements, and integrates a customer relationship management platform (CRM) for companies in the United States and internationally. It offers Salesforce, a CRM platform that enables enterprises to become mobile and social.

Datatec (South Africa) acquired Trovus (UK)
Deal Size: Unspecified Industry: IT consulting Date: May 2015
Global ICT service group Datatec announced that its subsidiary, Logicalis, has acquired UK intelligence consultancy Trovus, which provides business insight, professional and managed services to large enterprise clients. Datatec said that Trovus’ analytics solutions equip its customers with rapid access to actionable business insights from existing data within their own businesses. The combination will enable Logicalis to significantly increase the depth of its business intelligence engagement model whilst retaining its focus on licence and supporting infrastructure sales.

Jones Lang LaSalle (USA) acquired Hunter Facilities Management Inc. (USA)
Deal Size: Unspecified Industry: Real Estate Date: May 2015
Jones Lang LaSalle (NYSE: JLL) is a professional services and investment management firm offering specialized real estate services to clients seeking increased value by owning, occupying and investing in real estate. JLL has acquired HFM, an industry leader in building commissioning and energy and efficiency consulting. HFM‘s unique specialization is commissioning, the process of coordinating operational systems to achieve optimal occupant comfort, energy efficiency and air quality. With increasing complexities in design and construction, shorter timelines for projects and tighter move-in schedules, delivering spaces that perform to clients’ expectations is more necessary than ever. By acquiring HFM, JLL will expand its comprehensive energy efficiency services in North America, including its Intellicommand smart technology tool, with a skillset that addresses these growing needs for building owners and tenants.

ÅF Group (Sweden) acquires Markitekten AB (Sweden)
Deal Size: Unspecified Industry: Engineering consulting Date: May 2015
ÅF is acquiring all the shares in Markitekten AB. Markitekten, the Uppsala-based company provides consulting services within the construction industry, chiefly within roads, land, water/wastewater treatment and landscapes linked to planning and project planning of new housing and development areas. The acquisition means that ÅF will establish a local bridgehead within land-use planning in Uppsala, one of Sweden’s most expansive housing regions. “Markitekten’s solid reputation and long-standing customer relationships are something that we want to build on to further develop ÅF’s offering for primarily housing developers, construction companies and municipalities,” explains Anders Dahlin, ÅF’s Regional Director of Infrastructure Planning. ÅF Group, through its subsidiaries, provides technical consulting services and solution for process industries, infrastructure projects, and products and IT systems development in Sweden and internationally.

Cornerstone Advisors (USA) acquires Abound Resources Inc (USA)
Deal Size: Unspecified Industry: Management consulting Date: May 2015
Management consulting firms Cornerstone Advisors and Abound Resources announced that they have joined together to enhance their collective ability to serve banks and credit unions. The new, combined firm leverages Cornerstone’s strengths in Strategy, Performance, Contract Negotiation, Technology and Research and Abound’s complementary strengths in I.T. Risk, Audit Risk and Vendor Management. The move also brings significant industry talent together to help financial institutions align their efforts and outperform their competitors. Abound Resources Inc is a management consulting company that focuses on community banks and credit unions in the USA offering technology solutions, performance management, strategic planning, lending operations and administration, risk management and compliance as well as marketing and sales strategy. Cornerstone advisors is a management consulting firm that offers a full range of services and is focused on the banking and credit union industries.

Women’s Marketing Inc (USA) acquired Flying Point Digital (USA)
Deal Size: Unspecified Industry: Media consulting Date: May 2015
Women’s Marketing, a leading media strategy and buying firm based in Westport, CT, announced the acquisition of Flying Point Digital, a performance-based digital marketing agency specializing in retail and e-commerce. “Our growing digital strategy team and Flying Point’s experienced, entrepreneurial experts are joining together to further enhance our clients’ media performance, particularly in the areas of e-commerce and retail sales,” says Andrea Van Dam, CEO of Women’s Marketing. “We are thrilled to add such depth of expertise to our strategic offerings, and to bring these capabilities to a broader base of clients. You will see an intensified focus on innovation from our team moving forward.” Flying Point Digital offers a full suite of consultative and interactive services in digital strategy consulting, SEO/SEM, content marketing, social media, and website optimization.

Fringe Benefit Group (USA) acquired Employer Plan Services Inc (USA)
Deal Size: Unspecified Industry: HR consulting Date: May 2015
Fringe Benefit Group, an industry leader in the design, implementation and administration of benefits for hourly and part-time workers, announced it has acquired Houston-based Employer Plan Services, Inc. (EPSI), a Third Party Administrator (TPA) that offers employee benefit administration, brokerage and consulting services. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. “Acquiring EPSI was a strategic move for us for several reasons. First, it underscores our commitment to self-funded insurance solutions and positions us for continued growth with companies that want flexibility in response to the increasing complexities of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). In addition, it enables us to add the claims paying function to our hourly and part-time worker platform providing a seamless experience to our participants,” said Travis West, CEO of Fringe Benefit Group. “We anticipate significant growth in self-funded plans in 2015 and beyond, specifically with Minimum Essential Coverage (MEC) and Minimum Value Plans (MVP) programs as employers with hourly employees strive to meet the ACA mandate. EPSI also provides a substantial amount of combined billing services. We believe these services combined with our proprietary platform offers an opportunity to offer cost efficiency and better service to the employees utilizing our benefits programs.”

Jensen Hughes Inc (USA) merges with Erin Engineering and Research Inc (USA)
Deal Size: $27.5m Industry: Engineering consulting Date: May 2015
Jensen Hughes Inc. has merged with California-based Erin Engineering and Research Inc. The merger enhances the position of the combined organization as a global leader providing risk and specialty consulting services for the nuclear power and energy industry. The combination of Jensen Hughes and Erin is the nation’s largest provider of specialty engineering and consulting services, with combined revenues exceeding $150 million and more than 700 employees. This will expand the expertise and global resources available to provide risk-informed applications and engineering, external hazards analysis, probabilistic risk assessments, emergency response and fire protection program development including systems analysis, design and audits, life safety code consulting and industry specific software development and regulatory support services. Jensen Hughes is the global leader in specialty engineering consulting services for the built environment. Erin Engineering and Research provides engineering consulting and application software services.

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