Consulting Sector M&A Deals for week beginning 16th November

businessman doing handstand on the beachMarksNelson LLC (USA) acquired Marsh & Company (USA)
Deal Size: Undisclosed Industry: Real Estate Consulting Date: November 2015
Kansas City-based accounting firm MarksNelson LLC has acquired Marsh & Co. in Overland Park for an undisclosed amount. The acquisition adds real estate-related experience to MarksNelson. Marsh & Co. offers help with historic rehabilitation tax credits, low-income housing tax credits, real estate development consulting, cost-certification audits and similar services. “The services they provide, several of those we do not provide for our real estate clients,” Mark Radetic, managing partner of MarksNelson, said in an interview Monday. “We saw this as an opportunity not only for growth in our real estate practice and an expansion of our menu of services we can offer to those clients, but at the same time, to add some great talent. The people Marsh & Co. have are some of the best and brightest.” (http://www.bizjournals.com/)

Katz Sapper & Miller LLP (USA) merged with Krouse, Kern & Co., INC (USA)
Deal Size: Undisclosed Industry: Financial Advisory Date: November 2015
Long-time Fort Wayne-based Krouse, Kern & Co., Inc. and Katz, Sapper & Miller (KSM), one of the nation’s top public accounting and consulting firms, with offices in Indianapolis, Fort Wayne and New York, today announced their merger, to be effective Dec. 1, 2015. Together, the firms boast more than a century of providing tax, accounting and business consulting expertise to a wide range of clients in a variety of industries. “Providing quality professional services for our entrepreneurial clients has always been the hallmark of our reputation in northeast Indiana,” said Krouse, Kern & Co. President Richard Krouse. “With this merger, our clients will have access to expanded resources and expertise provided by the KSM network of professionals.” The merged firm will be called Katz, Sapper & Miller and will be located at the current Krouse, Kern & Co. offices at 6509 Mutual Drive. “This is an ideal partnership,” added KSM Managing Partner David Resnick. “Like us, Krouse, Kern & Co. has provided unmatched service to middle-market, family-owned businesses with integrity and excellence. Their 65 years of service in the Fort Wayne market will complement the depth and breadth of resources that KSM offers.” (http://www.prnewswire.com

Protiviti Inc. (USA) acquired assets of Decision First Technologies Inc (USA)
Deal Size: Undisclosed Industry: IT Consulting Date: November 2015
Protiviti Inc., Robert Half International Inc.’s consulting division, acquired the assets of Decision First Technologies, a privately held company specializing in business intelligence and SAP solutions. DFT joined Protiviti’s data management and advanced analytics solution group, enhancing its ability to deliver business analytics-based consulting services. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. Taylor Courtnay and Scott Golden, DFT’s co-founders, and Steve Freeman, VP of field operations, joined Protiviti as managing directors. “The addition of DFT’s talent and business creates a synergy of services that will deliver a deeper level of expertise and increase Protiviti’s ability to equip its clients with the information and processes needed to effectively manage their business and risks globally,” said James Pajakowski, executive VP, global services, at Protiviti. “We focus on multiple ERP products for our clients, and this acquisition is a significant addition to our SAP practice.” (http://www.staffingindustry.com)

Aurecon Group Brand (Pte) Ltd. (Singapore) acquired AUP Consultants Pte Ltd. (Singapore)
Deal Size: Undisclosed Industry: Engineering Consulting Date: November 2015
AUP’s team will join Aurecon on 1 January 2016 and Aurecon will acquire the assets of the AUP business. Aurecon’s managing director for Asia Anthony Barry said: “This merger is part of Aurecon’s ongoing strategy to grow our business in Asia. A strong business in Singapore with local leaders and experts is a vital element of that strategy. With increased capacity in Singapore, we can add significant value from our Singapore offices to our clients’ projects that are being developed all over the region. As an investment and technology hub, Singapore is a great place to be in business.” He added: “Technically difficult projects like super-tall buildings, data centres, sophisticated manufacturing and large healthcare facilities, play to Aurecon’s sweet spot. In AUP, we have found a like-minded partner who is as passionate about innovation as we are. We are excited by the market access the AUP team brings to our business, so we can further leverage our global skills and expertise into this market.” (http://www.theconstructionindex.co.uk)

Rejlers AB (Sweden) to acquire Orbion Consulting AB (Sweden)
Deal Size: Undisclosed Industry: Engineering Consulting Date: November 2015
Swedish consultancy Rejlers has entered into an agreement to acquire 100% of the shares in Orbion Consulting AB Sweden from Relacom Management AB, the company said. Rejlers said that the acquisition establishes it as one of Sweden’s largest technology consultancies within the telecommunications sector. Of Rejlers’ approximately 1,200 technology consultants in Sweden, 270 of these are telecommunications consultants. The acquisition gives Rejlers close to 2,100 employees. Orbion Consulting has 150 employees in Sweden and it is estimated it will generate an annual turnover of MSEK 30 during the remainder of 2015 and turnover of SEK 200m over a 12-month period. The merger is in line with Rejlers’ strategy to grow within infrastructure and makes it possible to offer an ever broader range of specialised services and turnkey project responsibility within its telecommunications business. Orbion Consulting is a technology consultancy that offers technological and legal consultancy services within network infrastructure and communications. The company is involved in developing, planning, commissioning and running projects within network infrastructure and communications. Rejlers is one of the largest engineering consultancy firms in the Nordic region. Its 2,000 employees work with projects within the areas of building and property, energy, industry and infrastructure. (http://www.bloomberg.com)

Morae Legal LLC (USA) acquired CCIM Consulting (USA)
Deal Size: Undisclosed Industry: Management Consulting Date: November 2015
Morae Legal LLC, a full-service provider to law departments and companies, today announces that it has acquired the business and assets of CCIM Consulting, an advisory group established to provide a practical approach to managing electronic records and information. As part of the deal, CCIM partners Susan Chapdelaine and Jim Coulson have been named Managing Directors of Morae Legal. Morae Legal delivers a holistic approach to address the needs of corporate counsel, with integrated solutions to help law departments improve their performance and impact on the corporation. “Companies require practical information management and compliance strategies that encompass the entire information life cycle,” says Shahzad Bashir, Morae Legal’s President & Chief Executive Officer. “With Susan Chapdelaine and Jim Coulson on board as Managing Directors, we continue to move away from the traditional expensive and reactive solutions in the market.” Morae Legal is all about innovations and shifting the paradigm. The company now offers a fully integrated information management and discovery solution, including comprehensive services for information management strategy and framework development, scalable implementation processes to drive compliance throughout the organization and support for ongoing program staffing. Morae Legal’s clients can choose its full-service offering providing cradle-to-grave management of information, or they can select component point solutions to meet their specific needs. (http://markets.financialcontent.com)

AUSY North America Inc. (USA) to acquire Celerity IT, LLC (USA)
Deal Size: Undisclosed Industry: IT Consulting Date: November 2015
McLean-based consulting firm Celerity has agreed to be acquired by Ausy North America, a subsidiary of Ausy SA, for an undisclosed sum. France-based Ausy specializes in IT consulting and engineering, with $341 million in annual revenue, 4,000 employees and 35 locations in 10 countries. It is acquiring Celerity to further its North American growth, and is its first U.S. acquisition. Celerity’s consulting work includes offshore development, open-source technology, digital transformation and project management services. The company says its leadership team and all employees will remain after the acquisition. Celerity had $84 million in revenue last year, and 500 employees in nine offices. (http://www.bizjournals.com)

AMERI Holdings, Inc. (USA) acquired Bellsoft, Inc. (USA)
Deal Size: Undisclosed Industry: IT Consulting Date: November 2015
AMERI Holdings Inc., a technology management solutions firm, announced Friday that it has acquired Georgia-based Bellsoft Inc., a technology consulting company, for approximately $5 million. According to Princeton-based AMERI, the acquisition will expand its service lines and presence in the Southeast market. It will also provide additional services in digital and EPR solutions to its clients. “This is a landmark day for Ameri100’s customers, partners, and employees across the globe,” Giri Devanur, CEO of Ameri100, said in a prepared statement. “Bellsoft is a well-established firm with 20 years of strategic consulting services to Fortune 100 clients. Bellsoft and Ameri100 as a combined entity will experience accelerated growth due to a competitive cost structure and superior client offerings.  We are excited to deliver world-class solutions to our clients across the United States and globally,” Paul Nathan, executive vice president of Bellsoft, said in a prepared statement. (http://www.njbiz.com)

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