Equiteq’s Consulting Sector M&A Deals: Q4 2017

  • The BioTech Quality Group joins Assystem S.A.
  • ShiftIN Partners sold to Sia Partners
  • Livingbridge invests in TSA Management
  • Pathway to Your Potential completes strategic alliance with Mercer Australia

Last quarter proved to be a busy one for Equiteq and its clients with consulting deals closing around the world. The following recaps the sale and investment opportunities completed for clients in Q4 2017.

The BioTech Quality Group joins Assystem S.A.
Industry: Life sciences consulting Date: 1 December 2017 Geography: Central Europe

Equiteq facilitated the sale of Life sciences consulting client, The Biotech Quality Group (BQG), to international engineering group, Assystem S.A.

BQG specializes in performance management and regulatory compliance in Europe’s pharmaceutical and biotech industries, and has developed a range of bespoke methods and tools aimed at increasing the maturity and transforming the practices of the (bio)pharmaceutical industry.

The strategic acquisition of BQG significantly moves Assystem forward in the implementation of its Life sciences strategy of becoming a European leader in the areas of commissioning, certification, validation and regulatory compliance in the European pharmaceutical and biotech industries.

The deal is also indicative of the growing volume of life sciences M&A expected to take place in 2018. Recent reports by EY and law firm Baker McKenzie predict a significant increase in deals, with EY estimating 2018 total deal values exceeding $200 billion. According to EY’s report, 60 percent of life sciences executives surveyed in October 2017 plan to actively pursue M&A in the next 12 months, compared with 46 percent in April.

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ShiftIN Partners merges with Sia Partners
Industry: Management consulting Date: 1 December 2017 Geography: Middle East

Global management consulting firm Sia Partners has merged with strategy management consultancy ShiftIN Partners, creating a significant regional player in the Middle East. Equiteq acted as exclusive financial advisor to ShiftIN.

Since its inception in 2012, ShiftIN has gained a strong position in the Middle East, achieving rapid growth and establishing a strong client base of more than 50 blue-chip clients across the Gulf Cooperation Council countries in both the private and public sectors.

Recognizing the synergies brought by ShiftIN, the merger strengthens Sia Partners’ position in the region, and doubles its number of consultants who will work across energy, government, transportation and logistics, and financial services.

Equiteq acted as exclusive financial advisor to ShiftIN Partners and the deal demonstrates a trend seen in Q3 last year, of well-managed consulting firms joining the practice of a larger group to deliver a joint growth strategy.

Livingbridge invests in TSA Management
Industry: Infrastructure and property consulting Date: 1 December 2017 Geography: Australia

Equiteq acted as the exclusive M&A adviser to Livingbridge, an independent private equity investor, on its investment in Australian infrastructure and property project management consulting firm, TSA Management.

With a long-standing practice of investing in fast-growing companies, TSA Management marks Livingbridge’s debut deal in Australia, a country with an ambitious infrastructure spending program in place for the next 10 years.

Established in 2001, TSA Management is a leading Australian based project management consulting firm, servicing private and public clients in the infrastructure and property sectors.

Pathway to Your Potential completes strategic alliance with Mercer Australia
Industry: HR consulting Date: 1 October 2017 Geography: Australia

Equiteq advised Pathway to Your Potential, founded by Dr. Jess Murphy, on its deal with Mercer Australia.

Pathway to Your Potential (P2YP) is a leadership, talent and diversity program delivering transformational change to organizations and their people through creating and delivering innovative experiences with measurable impacts. This is achieved through an interactive series of workshops, developed by Dr. Jess Murphy, designed to enable individuals in an organization to take action and apply to executive roles and directorships they are qualified for.

The alliance represents the next stage of P2YP’s international growth and expansion strategy with clear synergies for both parties in terms of scale, brand and value.

For Mercer, the alliance is a significant step towards strengthening their diversity and inclusion consulting practice.

The deal is another example of Equiteq advising on the sale of intellectual property to a large consulting firm, after Investit joined Accenture in September 2017.

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