Huron Consulting Group buys Oracle specialist ADI Strategies

29 April 2016

Huron Consulting Group has acquired ADI Strategies, a US based Oracle specialist with a focus on enterprise performance management, risk management, and business intelligence. The deal sees 100+ ADI employees join Huron’s ranks in North America, Middle East and Asia.

Founded in 2002, ADI Strategies is an Oracle Platinum Partner that helps companies work more effectively by designing, building and implementing analytic solutions to give clients a greater understanding of their information assets. The firm is based in San Francisco, and has further offices in Carlsbad and Chicago (US), Pune (India), Istanbul (Turkey) and Dubai (UAE).

As part of Huron wider aspirations to grow its IT consulting practice, the firm has picked up ADI Strategies. Terms of the acquisition, which is expected to close in May 2016, have not been disclosed. More than 100 employees will join the Business Advisory unit of Huron, with Mario Desiderio, Don Davis, Murat Demirkol, and Mike Willhelm, senior leaders at ADI Strategies, joining the Chicago headquartered firm as managing directors. Globally Huron has over 2,500 consultants, generating revenues of around $700 million.

The transactions creates, according to Jay Laabs, managing director and EPM&A practice leader at Huron Consulting Group, one of the largest growing Oracle application and analytics practices in the US. “Combining the businesses better positions Huron to support the financial, operational, and technology-related needs of our expanding global client base with a stronger, more robust team and broader solutions.” The added offerings will focus on cloud based Oracle solutions, says Laabs. “As our clients continue their migration towards the cloud for their mission-critical functions, we will leverage ADI Strategies’ deep Oracle expertise to offer a comprehensive set of solutions supported by an expanded remote delivery capability.”

Mario Desiderio, president at ADI Strategies, says he is “extremely excited to join Huron”, adding “Huron and ADI Strategies have a similar set of guiding values and a strong commitment to client service. The combination of our firms will create an organisation that is uniquely positioned to capitalise on the market opportunities presented by the rapidly evolving enterprise applications, analytics and technology landscape.”

Late last year Huron sat at the other side of the deal table when it divested its legal division, Huron Legal, to Consilio, an advisory firm that specialises in litigation and eDiscovery. The move was part of Huron’s broader strategic reorientation plan, in which it has decided to focus more on management consulting and IT consultancy.


SQW Group purchases property-based regeneration consultancy

19 April 2019

UK consulting firm SQW Group has completed its first acquisition since it completed a management buyout in January 2019. BBP Regeneration joins the company having collaborated with SQW for more than 20 years.

Established in 1983, SQW Group now operates all over the world. Comprising SQW, Oxford Innovation, Oxford Innovation Services – one of the UK’s leading innovation centre operators – and Oxford Investment Opportunities Network, the organisation’s origins can be traced to Britain’s two ancient university cities: Oxford, through Oxford Trust founders, Martin and Audrey Wood, and Cambridge, through SQW’s work in producing The Cambridge Phenomenon.

The consultancy specialises in public policy, working with entities from the public, private and voluntary sectors to research, develop, implement and evaluate social and economic development interventions. It now employs over 250 people across regional offices in London, Oxford and Edinburgh, and provides business support to over 4,000 entrepreneurs and small businesses each year. At the start of 2019, SQW secured its independence in a management buyout, advised on by M&A experts from Liberty Corporate Finance and Penningtons Manches.

SQW Group purchases property-based regeneration consultancy

SQW has strengthened its position as a provider of services across the business spectrum with the acquisition of BBP Regeneration. Founded in 1994, the consulting firm specialises in land and property-based regeneration and growth schemes, and is a leading social and economic development consultancy. 

The two firms first worked together over 20 years ago, when SQW and BBP collaborated to develop the first Regional Economic Strategy for the South East. More recently, they developed an economic strategy for Thanet and are now working together in locations stretching from Cwmbran via Oxfordshire to London.

With the addition of BBP, SQW can now provide an integrated advisory service for organisations developing property schemes which deliver economic benefit to their local area. By joining SQW, meanwhile, BBP hopes to further enhance its ability to support clients in delivering property and place-making ambitions. 

Speaking about the deal, SQW CEO David Crichton-Miller commented, “The UK more than ever needs solutions to the challenges of places – of high streets under threat, of meeting housing delivery targets, and of both economically over-successful and economically challenged towns and cities – and the combination of SQW and BBP is uniquely suited to developing those solutions. [This deal] brings together critical and complementary services relating to places to serve our clients with leading edge and practical advice.”

Andy Smith, Director of BBP Regeneration, added, “SQW shares with BBP the same values of seeking to provide outstanding, practical, real world advice that helps get buildings built and places developed.  We greatly look forward to the opportunities that come from joining our two organisations together.”