Consulting Sector M&A Deals for week beginning 13th July

businessman doing handstand on the beachSolvere One (USA) acquired V-Oasis (USA)
Deal Size: Undisclosed Industry: IT consulting Date: July 2015
Solvere One, a leading provider of managed IT support and consulting services in the Washington, DC area, has expanded its network of services by acquiring cloud computing company V-Oasis. V-Oasis provides a broad range of security-focused managed services and private cloud hosting solutions. “With this acquisition, we will be able to provide our clients with state-of-the-art infrastructure, in a facility leading in security and data availability, to meet the demands of evolving technology and a more efficient workforce, while maintaining the high level of customer service and support we have been known for since 1997,” said Greg Roney, president and CEO of Solvere One. “We are thrilled to be able to expand our services to help DC metro area businesses grow.”

EPAM Systems Inc (USA) acquired NavigationArts LLC (USA)
Deal Size: Undisclosed Industry: Media consulting Date: July 2015
EPAM Systems, Inc. (NYSE:EPAM), a leading global provider of product development and software engineering solutions, announced today its acquisition of NavigationArts, a digital strategy and experience design firm. The acquisition will enhance EPAM’s ability to provide digital consulting, architecture and content solutions to customers in North America and beyond. Headquartered in McLean, VA, NavigationArts combines business and customer experience consulting with a strong content management systems practice. “Experience platforms have become the backbone of our customers’ multi-channel engagement strategies” said Arkadiy Dobkin, EPAM CEO and President. “The expertise of NavigationArts in architecting and deploying Adobe, Sitecore and Drupal-based solutions, combined with their proven ability to act as a strategic advisor to Fortune 500 clients, makes them an exciting addition to our fast-growing Digital Engagement practice”.

Trinity Consultants Inc (USA) acquired Minnow Enviromental Inc (Canada)
Deal Size: Undisclosed Industry: Environmental consulting Date: July 2015
International environmental consulting firm Trinity Consultants, Inc. announced its acquisition of Minnow Environmental Inc., a specialty consulting firm focused on aquatic ecology with offices in Georgetown, Ontario and Victoria, British Columbia. Trinity’s Director of Corporate Development John Drennan commented on the transaction, “Although Trinity is best known for its air quality expertise, our acquisition strategy is focused on integrating with companies that are best in breed in their EHS service area. Minnow has a stellar reputation in Canada, providing highly technical scientific services to the mining industry. We look forward to helping Minnow grow, leveraging its strong brand and excellent technical team.” Speaking on Minnow’s behalf was company founder and Principal Cynthia Russel, “We are very excited about becoming part of the Trinity group of companies and see this merger as an excellent fit given our similar client-centric culture focused on quality, service and technical excellence. We look forward to mirroring Trinity’s success in the air market with growth of aquatic sciences services.”

Deloitte (USA) acquired Compliance Implementation Services (USA)
Deal Size: Undisclosed Industry: Compliance consulting Date: July 2015
Deloitte today announced the acquisition of substantially all of the assets of Compliance Implementation Services (CIS), a leading life sciences compliance consulting firm. CIS will join Deloitte Advisory as part of its regulatory compliance market offering. Effective immediately, the business will operate as “CIS by Deloitte”. “The companies we serve are facing a rapid pace of regulatory change. These clients know the potential impact that non-compliance can have on their brand and reputation and, ultimately, their business,” said Owen Ryan, chief executive officer of Deloitte Advisory. “The addition of CIS to Deloitte enables us to empower clients in the life sciences and health care industry with innovative managed solutions and top-quality advisory services to help them navigate these changes successfully.” “CIS’s commitment to monitoring industry regulations in support of clients mirrors Deloitte’s commitment to the same,” said Mel Walker, chief executive officer at CIS. “Together with Deloitte, we will be able to broaden our global reach, and offer more impactful services in compliance and risk management.”

Eide Bailly LLP (USA) plans to acquire Kyazma Business Consulting LLC (Canada)
Deal Size: Undisclosed Industry: IT consulting Date: July 2015
Eide Bailly LLP plans to acquire Utah-based cloud computing firm Kyazma Business Consulting. The deal adds 35 employees and Salesforce software to Eide Bailly’s growing technology consulting business. “Technology is critical to the operations of nearly every business. As leading business advisors, we actively look for ways to expand our technology consulting services in order to provide our clients with a better way to do business,” said Dave Stende, managing partner and CEO of Eide Bailly. “Adding Kyazma Business Consulting gives us a powerful suite of cloud-based technology solutions for our clients.” Eide Bailly is a certified public accounting and business advisory firm.

Trianz Inc (USA) plans to acquire Axon Networks (India)
Deal Size: Undisclosed Industry: IT consulting Date: July 2015
Trianz acquired Axon Networks, a premium service provider of cloud consulting, implementation and operations services. Trianz enables business and technology leaders in the formulation and execution of operational strategies. Its practices such as digital transformation, analytics & information management, enterprise applications, mobility and infrastructure management help leaders in various business operations and their IT counterparts leverage technology paradigms to transform their organizational capabilities. IT Infrastructure Management Services have been a core practice of Trianz for over a decade with a reputation of delivering IT Service Management services to leading corporations worldwide. Axon Networks provides strategy to implementation services in the cloud and is a leading provider of Amazon Web Services, Openstack and Microsoft Azure. This acquisition allows Trianz to gain a competitive edge while positioning them to offer a greater range of services in the Cloud & Infrastructure space.

Emtec Inc. (USA) acquired Intelenex Inc. (USA)
Deal Size: Undisclosed Industry: IT consulting Date: July 2015
Emtec, Inc., a leading IT consulting firm that provides transformational digital solutions, announces the acquisition of Intelenex. Based in Santa Rosa, California, and Denver, Colorado, Intelenex (www.intelenex.com) is a leading Oracle Cloud (Fusion) applications partner with over 50 successful Oracle Cloud implementations. Intelenex provides advisory, implementation and managed support services for Oracle’s Cloud Suite of Applications, with a specialized focus in Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) and Human Capital Management (HCM). “This strategic acquisition both deepens and expands our primary service offerings,” said Sunil Misra, President of Emtec, Inc., “and this transaction strongly positions Emtec to address the rapidly growing client demand for scalable, feature-rich cloud-based business application solutions. Intelenex has been a pioneer in Oracle Cloud solutions and we are very excited to have them join Emtec.

Deloitte (USA) acquired System Dynamics Group (Ireland)
Deal Size: Undisclosed Industry: IT consulting Date: July 2015
Professional services firm Deloitte has announced the acquisition of IT consulting company System Dynamics. Dublin-based System Dynamics has been providing IT consultancy services to a wide range of Irish and UK clients for over 40 years and the acquisition will significantly increase Deloitte’s presence in the sector. Under the deal, all 200 System Dynamics staff will transfer to Deloitte. Commenting on the acquisition, Deloitte managing partner Brendan Jennings described it as an extremely positive development for the firm in Ireland. “We have experienced huge growth in demand for our technology consulting services including digital, analytics, fintech and cloud services, as well as broad demand for more traditional IT and enterprise resource planning services.

The Economist Intelligence Unit (USA) acquired Canback & Company LLC (USA)
Deal Size: Undisclosed Industry: Management consulting Date: July 2015
The Economist Intelligence Unit (The EIU) has announced the acquisition of Canback & Company. Canback is a leading management consulting firm specialised in leveraging predictive analytics to generate insights for consumer-facing clients. It uses sophisticated analyses of market, consumer, and internal company data, to help clients draw reliable, fact-based conclusions about present and future opportunities. Canback works globally with multinational companies as well as with local firms in many sectors, including consumer goods, retail, cellular services, and financial services. Robin Bew, managing director of The EIU, said: “I’m hugely excited to have Canback joining The EIU. The rigour of its analytical approach is impressive—and that is why companies worldwide have turned to it for the information they need to solve real-world problems and to find new opportunities. From the first moment I saw its capabilities, I recognised a perfect fit with The EIU’s work and believe that the two businesses can achieve much more together than either could separately.” Canback will complement The EIU’s consumer markets practice, which provides data-driven solutions to consumer-facing industries, helping them to enter new markets and be more successful in current markets.

HORIBA Ltd (Japan) acquired Mira Ltd (UK)
Deal Size: Undisclosed Industry: Engineering consulting Date: July 2015
Japan-based HORIBA, a leading supplier of automotive test systems, is acquiring the global advanced vehicle engineering, research and product testing business operated by UK-based MIRA. The acquisition enables HORIBA to add new products and services at the cutting-edge of next-generation mobility development in areas such as autonomous vehicles, electric vehicles and ultra-low fuel consumption vehicles. By this integration, HORIBA can provide a comprehensive solution underpinned by a suite of test systems and advanced vehicle engineering capabilities. Collectively, the two companies have 140 years of experience in their respective fields, with both celebrating 70 years of operation in 2015/16. The sale will allow MIRA to continue with its plans for growth by building on its reputation in vehicle R&D, engineering and testing. The sale will also allow MIRA to invest in its current facilities and enhance its capabilities on a global scale.

NATIONAL Public Relations Inc (Canada) acquired The Equicom Group (Canada)
Deal Size: Undisclosed Industry: Communications consulting Date: July 2015
NATIONAL Public Relations, Canada’s leading public relations firm and one of the world’s leading independent communications firms, today announced the acquisition of the business of Equicom, Canada’s leading investor relations and financial communications firm, from TMX Group. “With the addition of Equicom, NATIONAL can now offer a level of strategic support to clients that is unmatched by any firm in Canada. Deep investor and capital markets know-how complements our existing integrated communications capability to provide support and counsel that directly contribute to our clients’ business success,” said Andrew Molson, Chairman of RES PUBLICA Consulting Group, which owns NATIONAL. “We’re incredibly excited that Equicom’s talented team is joining NATIONAL.”

Ipsos SA (France) acquired Research Data Analysis Inc (USA)
Deal Size: Undisclosed Industry: Market research Date: July 2015
Ipsos announced the acquisition of RDA Group, a global provider of quality-tracking and customer-satisfaction studies serving the world’s largest auto manufacturers. With this acquisition, Ipsos aims to develop an integrated global product offering in the field of Quality Tracking. RDA Group is an innovative, consultative process driven company, recognized for its ability to integrate data from multiple databases (survey returns, proprietary client-specific processes, product and engineering metrics), generating high-value strategic insights and actionable recommendations. This acquisition is complementary from a market and client perspective and provides efficiency and synergy opportunities: i) while Ipsos has strong leading positions in Latin America, Europe, South Africa and China, RDA Group has solid positions in the US market, ii) the client portfolio of the combined entities gives Ipsos a much stronger footprint in the automotive industry, ii) RDA Group’s quality-measurement and reporting platforms will strengthen Ipsos’s existing syndicated club-studies. Combining RDA Group’s strengths with the recognized expertise of Ipsos Loyalty in the automotive area, Ipsos clients will be able to benefit from powerful, actionable and cost-effective quality and customer satisfaction measures across all of their markets, easily accessible within their organisations.

MindTree Limited (India) to acquire Bluefin Solutions Ltd (UK)
Deal Size: $66 million Industry: IT consulting Date: July 2015
Mindtree has acquired Bluefin Solutions, an IT consultancy with particular expertise in SAP software. Krishnakumar Natarajan, chief executive and managing director of Mindtree told BCN the move will help boost its European presence and its competencies around IoT, in-memory computing, and mobile. Headquartered in the UK, Bluefin delivers a range of IT consultancy services with a specialisation in SAP technology, and Natarajan said the acquisition will bolster its reach in traditional European enterprises and public sector organisations, and create opportunities to bring its HANA cloud expertise to the US. “SAP is not only a powerhouse of innovation, it is the commercial backbone of many of the largest global enterprises,” Natarajan said. “Mindtree and Bluefin can now offer unique integrated front-end, back-end and support services with unrivalled expertise on a global scale. This is essential to truly global organisations looking to use technology to digitize the entire value chain. Mindtree delivers digital transformation and technology services from ideation to execution enabling Global 2000 clients to outperform competitors.

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