Raymond James acquires German M&A specialist Mummert & Co

20 June 2016 Consultancy.uk

Raymond James has acquired European M&A specialist, Mummert & Co., for an undisclosed sum. The deal sees Raymond James expand its industry experience, and also provides improved access to the European market and regional private equity players.

Mummert & Co. (Mummert), was founded in 2001 and is headquartered in Munich, Germany. The partnership provides mid-market M&A consultancy for international businesses, with focus on the technology, industrial, healthcare, consumer and business services sectors. Mummert & Co., which has advised on more than 140 closed transactions since launching, has a team of 20 professionals.

Fifteen years after its inception, Mummert has decided to join the ranks of US-based financial services firm Raymond James. The deal sees Raymond James expand its investment banking capabilities in Europe, allowing the company to push deeper into the European M&A market. In addition, the deal expands the firm’s industrial knowledge and broadens its base of private equity relationships in Europe (a market which has been booming in recent years) – around a third of all Mummert’s deals involves private equity players and their portfolio companies.

Raymond James and Mummert & Co.

The deal will see Mummert’s 20 professionals join Raymond James’s more than 300 M&A advisory professionals working from more than 20 offices across the US, Canada and Europe. Mummert will rebrand as Raymond James, and operate within the firm’s Corporate Finance division ('Raymond James Investment Banking'). The value of the deal has not been disclosed.

“Establishing an advisory platform on the ground in Europe has been a very high strategic priority,” says Jim Bunn, head of Raymond James Investment Banking. “Mummert & Co. has an exceptional team, a track record of highly successful transactions and is led by senior professionals with deep experience in several industry sectors that represent a core focus for us.” Raymond James CEO Paul Reilly adds “We are confident that together we will continue to grow in Europe and build on Mummert & Co.’s impressive track record.”

Melville Mummert, a Managing Partner of Mummert, says that the partnership is “excited to join the Raymond James team” which they see as “an ideal partner for Mummert & Co.". He further states “They share our sector-focused approach, commitment to excellence in execution and entrepreneurial mindset. We look forward to leveraging our strong respective networks among strategic decision makers and investors to help our clients realise premium outcomes.”

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SQW Group purchases property-based regeneration consultancy

19 April 2019 Consultancy.uk

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.”