Consulting Sector M&A Deals for week beginning 7th September

businessman doing handstand on the beachDeloitte (USA) acquires Indicia Talent & Performance (Netherlands)
Deal Size: Undisclosed Industry: HR Consulting Date: September 2015
Deloitte, through the full acquisition of the office and activities of Indicia Talent & Performance, expanded its footprint within the HR domain – specifically, in the area of HR Cloud services. This deal also sees the employees, relationships and current assignments integrated within Deloitte. Frans Dagelet, the former Managing Director of Indicia Talent & Performance, will, following the completed transaction, take a role of Director at Deloitte Consulting. Van Vliet comments: “With the acquisition of the activities of Indicia Talent & Performance, Deloitte’s leading market position in the field of HR Cloud Services and SAP/SuccessFactors is further strengthened.” Carlo Korssen, CEO of Indicia, ads: “Indicia Talent & Performance has built itself a formidable market position and has taken home several awards. We are proud of the fact that Deloitte would like to acquire this business off us and develop it further.” (

Netsmart Technologies Inc (USA) acquires Trend Consulting Services Inc (USA)
Deal Size: Undisclosed Industry: IT Consulting Date: September 2015
Netsmart Technologies Inc. has acquired an Ohio-based IT company for an undisclosed amount. Trend Consulting Services, which provides comprehensive IT outsourcing and infrastructure support services, adds expertise and resources to Overland Park-based Netsmart, according to a release. Trend’s capabilities also complement Netsmart’s managed-services strategy and its new Solutions Management Services business unit. “The addition of Trend’s outsourcing services and expertise enables us to provide our markets even more cost-effective and efficient services across the entire IT life cycle, whether or not they use a Netsmart CareRecord (EHR),” Netsmart CEOMike Valentine said in a release. Netsmart Technologies develops and delivers behavioural health information technology solutions. ( 

Baker Consulting (USA) merged with The Norris Group (USA)
Deal Size: Undisclosed Industry: Business Consulting Date: September 2015
Baker Consulting announced that it has merged with The Norris Group, a consulting firm with expertise in Business Process Outsourcing (BPO), to form Baker Norris. The new firm, Baker Norris, delivers a comprehensive set of services that enable innovation, outsourcing, technology strategy and implementation services. With the addition of The Norris Group, the combined firm can provide clients with a broader set of capabilities to drive real business results. “Baker Consulting and its seasoned leadership team have done a fantastic job building a solid and successful operation that provides superior innovation services to the market,” said Tom Norris CEO of The Norris Group and new partner at Baker Norris. “I’m confident that by merging the two firms we can deliver a more comprehensive solution to our clients.” Baker Consulting has served a global customer base with strategy, consulting, deployment, support and training services. Together, the two firms have extensive knowledge of, and implementation experience with, clients in the consumer goods, financial services, technology, manufacturing, and retail industries. “We are thrilled to have the Norris Group join the Baker Consulting family. With this combination our organization provides the most comprehensive integrated suite of strategic consulting tools and technology; industry insights and research; and development solutions to help businesses thrive,” said Chuck Baker CEO of Baker Consulting. “We want to be the world’s most respected provider of objective consulting and implementation services. The Norris Group takes us a big step closer to realizing that vision.” (

Ricardo-AEA Ltd (UK) acquired Cascade Consulting (UK)
Deal Size: Undisclosed Industry: Environmental Consulting Date: September 2015
Ricardo, the West Sussex engineering and environmental consultancy, has acquired Cascade Consulting. It said that this is in line with its strategy of extending its reach into sectors associated with water and other scarce resources, and that the acquisition follows a successful collaboration with Cascade that began in February. It added that Cascade has particular expertise in the areas of water-resource management, catchment management, water quality, water treatment, flooding and coastal management, along with environmental-impact assessment. The newly acquired business provides environmental consulting services to the water sector and has 34 employees generating revenues of around £3 million. (

NSF international Inc (USA) acquired Avarent LLC (USA)
Deal Size: Undisclosed Industry: Business Consulting Date: September 2015
NSF International, a leading provider of regulatory compliance, quality systems, analytical testing, education and consulting services for the medical device sector, has acquired Avarent LLC, a consulting firm with expertise in medical device products/processes development, design control, validation, quality assurance and regulatory compliance. Avarent will be renamed NSF Avarent. The addition of Avarent expands NSF International’s portfolio of medical device services to both NSF International and Avarent clients, combining Avarent’s expertise with NSF International’s experience in regulatory compliance and quality management systems throughout the medical device product lifecycle. As a result of the acquisition, current clients of NSF Medical Device Consulting will gain access to world-class expertise in device products/processes, design control and validation that will help them implement efficient, streamlined and cost-effective manufacturing processes while achieving optimal quality and regulatory compliance. On the other hand, Avarent clients will gain access to other NSF capabilities: i) Global client support in more than 160 countries, including across Asia, the Middle East, Africa, Europe and Central and Latin America, ii) A global network of ISO 17025-accredited laboratories in Europe, Asia, North and South America, ii) Global IT infrastructure with key tools to aid client engagement. (

Datapipe Inc (USA) acquired Dualspark Partners LLC (USA)
Deal Size: Undisclosed Industry: IT Consulting Date: September 2015
US-based IT solutions company Datapipe has acquired AWS assessment, automation, and migration companyDualSpark., the company said. DualSpark’s AWS consulting services are designed to simplify the experience of moving apps and critical infrastructure to the AWS cloud. The company was founded by former AWS managers who recognised that enterprises need expert advice and DevOpstraining to realise all the benefits of AWS’s rich cloud platform. Proven assessment methodologies, informed by the experience gained from hundreds of successful AWS deployments, combined with a focus on “Automation Everywhere” puts DualSpark at the forefront of enabling the transformation of traditional computing platforms to the AWS cloud. This acquisition is the latest advancement for Datapipe as the company continues to gain momentum in the security, integration and management of multiple cloud platforms, including AWS, Microsoft Azure, and its own leading hosted private cloud, Stratosphere. Earlier this year, the companyacquired GoGridto enhance its one-button deployment for big data solutions, in addition to being named an AWS Managed Service Provider Partner and a leader in the Gartner Magic Quadrant for Cloud Enabled Hosting, North America. Financial details of the acquisition were not disclosed. (

Meaden & Moore (USA) to acquire LBC International Investigative Accounting (Canada)
Deal Size: Undisclosed Industry: Financial & Business Advisory Date: September 2015
Accounting and consulting firm Meaden & Moore LLP announced that it’s entering into a strategic agreement with, and ultimately will acquire, Canadian forensic accounting firm LBC International Investigative Accounting Inc. Financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed. The deal bolsters the depth and expertise of forensic accounting offerings for both companies, who share common clients, and broadens the international reach for Meaden. Both firms work with insurance providers, legal counsel and government agencies, for example, providing collaborative opportunities. “The firms have worked together during the past two years through our U.K. partnership, and it became apparent we should be working much more closely in North America to better serve our clients,” said Meaden CEO James Carulas. “Our cultures, values and approach to client service could be leveraged to create a larger organization with the experience and resources to meet the demanding needs of our clients.” Meaden, which has global clients and is headquartered in Cleveland, has 13 offices across the United States, plus one in London (which LBC already had a minority stake in) covering about 200 total employees. Operations of the firm’s existing investigative accounting group include about 70 people in 11 offices. LBC International adds 25 employees and five additional offices — four in Canada and one in Paris — to Meaden’s footprint. All those offices will be renamed LBC Meaden & Moore International. The U.S. locations will retain their current name. “Expanding our forensic accounting and litigation support services to effectively meet the needs of our clients and staff while maintaining our commitment to quality and client service was an important goal for our organization,” said Philip Turner, partner in charge of LBC’s Toronto office, in a news release. “Our collaboration with Meaden & Moore achieves this goal.” (

NexusTek (USA) acquired Illumen Group (USA)
Deal Size: Undisclosed Industry: IT Consulting Date: September 2015
NexusTek, a leading Denver-based managed IT services and business software consulting services firm, announced today they have acquired the assets of Illumen. Illumen provides IT support and consulting services throughout Colorado. The former CEO of Illumen, J. Michael Jenner, will move into the role of CEO at NexusTek. “Adding Illumen’s robust client portfolio and proven leadership in the Denver market makes sense for NexusTek,” said Jim Qualteri, President of NexusTek. “With Mike Jenner at the helm, and given his experience leading service divisions of more than 2,000 IT professionals, we will drive our growth strategy while continuing to deliver the highest quality professional services to the SMB market across Denver, Colorado’s Front Range, and the region.” The transaction expanded NexusTek to more than 50 Denver-based employees providing service to well over 500 clients, establishing the Company as one of the largest locally-headquartered IT firms serving small and medium-sized businesses. “The combined talent, resources, and service offerings of our companies will continue our legacy of delivering excellence in IT services and will create the number one, Denver-based Managed Services Provider for small and mid-sized businesses,” said Jenner. NexusTek plans to leverage its growth platform to further consolidate the local IT service provider market and expand regionally. (

Envision Pharma (USA) acquires Alligent Biopharm Consulting (USA)
Deal Size: Undisclosed Industry: Business Consulting Date: September 2015
Envision Pharma Group, an innovative, technology-enabled scientific communications company focused on the biopharma and medical device industries, announced today that it has acquired Alligent Biopharm Consulting LLC. Alligent is a leading Medical Affairs agency that develops and delivers strategically-focused, integrated and aligned medical communications solutions to the biopharma industry. The deal was supported by the Halifax Group, a leading private equity firm which invests in health and biopharma services businesses, partnering with the Envision management team to provide the equity investment to facilitate the acquisition. Additional terms of the transaction were not disclosed. Alligent’s core skill sets of medical strategy development and planning, allied program implementation and stakeholder support will complement Envision’s existing services of strategic data dissemination – including publication planning, consultancy, and market access communications – to provide global Medical Affairs Departments with compliant, strategically focused evidence communication programs. Envision’s CEO, Brian Hepburn, commented, “The addition of Alligent to the Envision Pharma Group further cements our core tenet of becoming the leading international medical affairs agency. By acquiring Alligent, we are able to expand the capabilities we offer to medical affairs teams to ensure optimal evidence communication and ultimate product adoption based on scientific rigor.” (

Urban Science Applications Inc (USA) acquired AutoHook (USA)
Deal Size: Undisclosed Industry: Media Consulting Date: September 2015
Urban Science, a Detroit-based global provider of analytical solutions for automotive OEMs and their dealers, has acquired AutoHook, a digital marketing solutions provider focused on driving in-market shoppers directly to dealerships. “AutoHook is an important addition to Urban Science,” said Jim Anderson, founder, president, CEO of Urban Science. “We are breaking new ground in helping dealers drive their business performance in near real-time. Bringing science to retail has allowed our clients to achieve high sales and high profit performance at the same time. AutoHook is a perfect strategic fit for Urban Science due to its innovative approach to increase showroom traffic.” Through the acquisition of AutoHook, Urban Science expands its current digital marketing offerings by providing OEMs and dealers with the ability to offer real-time incentives to prospective shoppers through dealer websites, email, mobile, direct mail and third-party websites. (

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