Deloitte Consulting buys French IT consultancy Cleversys

06 May 2016

Deloitte has acquired Cleversys, a French IT consultancy specialised in Oracle services. As part of the deal, 30 Cleversys professionals join Deloitte France and will be integrated into the Technology division of Deloitte Consulting.

Founded in 1989, Cleversys is a Paris based IT consulting firm that specialises in Oracle, Qualiac and Cegid applications. Nine years after inception the firm joined Kurt Salmon (at the time Kurt Salmon Associates), and in 2011, following the merger between Kurt Salmon Associates and Ineum Consulting, Cleversys was spun-off as an independent entity. Two years later, in 2013, Kurt Salmon sold Cleversys to Samsic, one of France’s largest professional services firms geared at the HR market. 

By acquiring Cleversys – the deal was formally closed early April – Deloitte bolsters its Consulting division, in particular its cloud, Oracle, Qualiac and Cegid service offerings. The move sees 30 Cleversys professionals join the Big Four’s Technology service area, taking the total number of employees of the unit to around 300. Didier Taupin, Managing Partner of Deloitte Consulting in France, says: “The addition of Cleversys boosts the expertise of our ERP and Analytics teams across a wide range of functional topics.”

Bertrand Jauffret, President of Cleversys, adds: "We welcome the merger with Deloitte France. The deal marks a great move for our client and employees. It will allow us to further develop and deploy our services and solutions, which will strengthen our position in the market.”

Deloitte is with a revenue of €1.05 billion the largest of the Big Four in France, followed by KPMG (€930 million). EY holds third spot, with a revenue of €855 million, while PwC concludes the Big Four landscape with a total fee income of €730 million.

The French management consulting market is estimated to be worth €4.1 billion.



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.”