Consulting Sector M&A Deals for week beginning 15th June

businessman doing handstand on the beachOMERS Private Equity (Canada) to acquire Environmental Resources Management Limited (UK)
Deal Size: $1.7 billion Industry: Environmental consulting Date: June 2015
Created in 1977, ERM is the leading global provider of environmental, health, safety, risk, social consulting and sustainability related services. ERM works with both private and public sector clients to deliver sustainable outcomes to complex environmental issues, from Board level down through the organisation. ERM has more than 4,800 employees including 600 partners and operates from 163 offices in 42 countries. It advises global and local clients spanning the oil & gas, mining, power, manufacturing, chemicals, infrastructure and pharmaceuticals sectors. ERM’s client base includes 60% of the Global Fortune 500. In recent years it has advised on the environmental and social issues of some of the largest and most complex development projects in the world. The transaction is in line with OMERS’ investment strategy; ERM occupies a market leading position in a sector with strong natural growth characteristics driven by both regulatory and societal change. With a focus on consulting rather than the direct provision of engineering services it has an independence that is highly valued by its clients. Most importantly, in John Alexander and his senior team, it benefits from an outstanding management group with a proven track record of delivering sustainable growth. Environmental Resources Management Limited provides environmental consulting services. OMERS Administration Corp. is a privately owned pension fund.

ManTech International Corporation (USA) acquired Knowledge Consulting Group, Inc. (USA)
Deal Size: Unspecified Industry: IT consulting Date: June 2015
Fairfax-based IT contractor ManTech International Corp. has acquired Reston-based Knowledge Consulting Group for an undisclosed sum. KCG, a cybersecurity advisor for both government and commercial customers, was founded in 2000. It is one of the leaders in cloud security for government agencies. About 200 KCG employees are now part of ManTech’s Mission, Cyber and Intelligence Solutions Group. ManTech says the acquisition will help raise 2015 results. “ManTech is a cyber leader and the acquisition of KCG fits with our strategy of expanding into the growing cyber services and homeland security markets,” said ManTech chief executive George Pedersen. It is the second acquisition this spring for ManTech. In April, it completed its acquisition of former Computer Sciences Corp. subsidiary Welkin Associates Ltd., in Chantilly, for $34 million. ManTech (NASDAQ: MANT) had $1.77 billion in fiscal 2014 revenue, down from $2.31 billion in fiscal 2013. Knowledge Consulting Group, Inc., a cyber security services company, provides risk management, governance, operations, and compliance services for government and commercial sectors in the United States. ManTech International Corporation provides technologies and solutions for mission-critical national security programs in the United States and internationally.

Versatile Communications, Inc. (USA) acquired Kiiro Software, Inc (USA)
Deal Size: Unspecified Industry: IT consulting Date: June 2015
Versatile Communications, Inc. is pleased to announce the acquisition of Kiiro Software, an application services firm specializing in Microsoft SharePoint, business intelligence applications, and various application development services that will assist Versatile’s clients in their IT Cloud Transition strategy. As David Cote, Versatile’s President, explains, “As our clients seek the balance between on-premise and cloud compute environments, our organization continues to deliver on its commitment to diversify its portfolio of services. Kiiro provides Versatile with the ability to help clients in many key areas including: Enhancement of end user facing applications like the Microsoft SharePoint Platform and; Custom development projects utilizing .NET, LAMP, modern web and mobile technology development; Integration of leading edge premise and cloud infrastructure services like OpenStack and the entire HP Helion portfolio.” Versatile is a full-service IT solutions provider with particular expertise helping organizations achieve the best business outcomes by striking the right balance between on-site IT and the cloud, offering a comprehensive suite of managed and professional services. Kiiro Software is a leading consulting firm providing solutions and products based on the Microsoft SharePoint Platform.

G2 Consulting Group (USA) acquired Schleede-Hampton Associates, Inc. (USA)
Deal Size: Unspecified Industry: Engineering consulting Date: June 2015
G2 Consulting Group, a nationally recognized leader in geotechnical, environmental and construction engineering services, announced that it has acquired Schleede-Hampton Associates, a Birmingham, MI-based firm providing similar geotechnical engineering services to the construction industry. Founded in 1983, Schleede-Hampton will provide G2 Consulting with increased capability to meet its growing book of business while at the same time providing access to important new clients in the automotive and municipal engineering markets. The eight member Schleede-Hampton team will be integrated into G2’s Troy offices by year-end. “This acquisition fits perfectly into our planned growth strategy and will help us immediately with work already on hand,” says Mark Smolinski, P.E., G2’s president. “Plus that it will provide us access to markets that are strategically important for our future. In fact, we’ve already picked up an assignment on a major automotive facility in the south.” Schleede-Hampton Associates, Inc., an engineering company, provides consulting services in the fields of geotechnical, environmental, and construction materials engineering in Michigan, Indiana, Ohio, Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Illinois. G2 Consulting Group, LLC provides geotechnical, environmental, and construction engineering services.

Ernst & Young Global Limited (UK) to acquire Integrc (Netherlands)
Deal Size: Unspecified Industry: IT consulting Date: June 2015
EY signed a conditional agreement to acquire Integrc, a privately owned, leading provider of governance, risk and compliance (GRC) services to companies that run SAP. The acquisition, expected to complete in August,1 subject to certain conditions being met, will help cement EY’s position as an industry leader in SAP GRC services by further enhancing its end-to-end offering — from strategy to technology implementation. Integrc’s team of consultants, based in the Netherlands, UK, India and the UAE, specialize in the full lifecycle of GRC consultancy and support services, including SAP GRC operations, audit, strategy and planning, implementation, operational control and fully managed services. Upon closing, the deal will help provide EY clients with new powerful propositions in the field of GRC and help them address big, complex issues in this area. Jonathan Blackmore, EY Advisory Risk Leader, Europe, Middle East, India and Africa, says: “Integrc has unique and differentiating technology and industry insight, and we look forward to welcoming their highly skilled people into EY when we complete. Through our global alliance with SAP, we already co-create fit-for-purpose GRC technology solutions and advanced risk analytics capabilities. With this acquisition, we will be able to provide a world-class set of solutions to help our clients’ GRC operations work better.” Integrc Netherlands B.V. offers governance, risk management, and compliance services to companies that run SAP.

AssuredPartners, Inc. (USA) acquired Corporate Healthcare Strategies, LLC (USA)
Deal Size: Unspecified Industry: HR consulting Date: June 2015
AssuredPartners Inc., one of the fastest growing independent insurance agencies in the nation, announces the acquisition of StoudtAdvisors (doing business as Stoudt Advisors, Inc.). This independent insurance broker specializes in employee benefits programs and human resources consulting services to businesses of all sizes in Central Pennsylvania and beyond. The agency will continue to operate from its existing Lancaster, Pennsylvania-based office under the local leadership of CEO and President David Stoudt. As a second generation family-owned business since 1989, StoudtAdvisors helps clients develop and implement an innovative benefits package to maximize the health of their employees and business. The firm’s private health care exchange, Bright Choices, serves to support companies in managing their benefits budget. StoudtAdvisors also brings client expertise in all key human resources disciplines, including compensation, compliance, training and development, HR strategic planning and more. “As we continue our expansion efforts with AssuredPartners, we look for agencies that share Crawford Advisors’ values and commitment to excellence,” said Crawford Advisors President Reagan Crawford. “We have known David and his father, Ken for years and have always admired and respected their professionalism, entrepreneurial spirit and integrity. We warmly welcome our newest associates to Crawford Advisors and AssuredPartners.”

KPMG LLP (UK) acquired Boxwood Ltd. (UK)
Deal Size: Unspecified Industry: Management consulting Date: June 2015
KPMG in the UK announces that it has acquired Boxwood, an award winning management consultancy which specialises in the delivery of business and operational transformation. Boxwood works with ambitious CEOs and their teams to deliver complex transformation programmes that drive profitable growth. The company has over 10 years market-leading expertise in the design and delivery of new business and operating models across a range of sectors including: retail and consumer, infrastructure, TMT (telecoms, media and technology) private equity and life sciences. The acquisition of Boxwood will further strengthen KPMG’s existing management consultancy offering to the UK’s middle market, at a time when the mid-tier is particularly active and companies are increasingly driving growth agendas. Boxwood Ltd. provides management consulting services. It serves companies in consumers, financial services, infrastructure, TMT, private equity, and other industries in the United Kingdom and internationally. KPMG LLP (United Kingdom) provides accounting and management consulting services.

1Spatial Plc (UK) agreed to acquire Enables IT Group plc (UK)
Deal Size: $3.3 million Industry: IT consulting Date: June 2015
Listed software and big data group 1Spatial, based in Cambridge, has agreed to acquire Enables IT Group, an IT management consultancy service provider with offices in the UK and the US. Marcus Hanke, chief executive of 1Spatial, said: “I am delighted to announce the news today of our potential acquisition of Enables IT Group plc. 1Spatial Group is a big data and geospatial technology provider with the strategic goals to expand into other geographic markets, strengthen our strategic partnerships, enhance and increase our product offerings, and support other vertical sectors. Given our history and recent success globally and our ambitious growth plans we believe this acquisition will provide us with expert capabilities within the group to provide IT infrastructure services and globally robust cloud based offerings, along with increased routes to market.” Enables IT Group plc, together with its subsidiaries, provides IT managed services to healthcare professionals in the United States and Europe. 1Spatial plc develops and sells IT software products and solutions in the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, and mainland Europe.

Cambridge EnerTech (USA) acquired Advanced Automotive Batteries, Inc. (USA)
Deal Size: Unspecified Industry: Business consulting Date: June 2015
Cambridge EnerTech, a division of Cambridge Innovation Institute, announced the acquisition of Advanced Automotive Batteries’ bi-annual conferences, AABC US and AABC Europe. For over 15 years, the International Advanced Automotive Battery Conference (AABC) has attracted professionals from the hybrid and electric vehicle world and their battery system suppliers, to stimulate the sharing of experiences and views. Phillips Kuhl, President of Cambridge Innovation Institute says, “We are delighted to be able to add these two very successful and focused conferences to our growing lineup of rechargeable battery events. For over a decade, Dr. Anderman has provided high quality programs and networking opportunities at AABC, and we look forward to adding the International Advanced Automotive Battery Conferences into the Cambridge EnerTech portfolio.” Advanced Automotive Batteries, Inc. offers consulting services focusing on the energy storage technology. Cambridge EnerTech, Inc. provides conference and exposition for the energy storage industry.

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