Oliver Wyman buys French management consulting firm Hemeria

20 March 2008 Consultancy.uk

Oliver Wyman has acquired Hemeria, a Paris-based management consultancy specialised in operational excellence. Hemeria’s six partners and more than 80 employees will join Oliver Wyman’s French arm, bringing the total number of Paris-based Oliver Wyman partners to 48.

Hemeria was founded in 2002 and is led by Bernard Birchler. The consultancy support companies with a range of services, including performance improvement, supply chain design and performance optimisation, restructuring programs, purchasing, and structural cost rationalisation. Its client span industries, from manufacturing, process industries and financial services to packaged consumer goods, retail and telecommunications, among others.

With the acquisition of Hemeria, Oliver Wyman significantly bolsters its French footprint. “This acquisition further deepens our ability to bring a wide range of specialised knowledge and capabilities to serving our clients on their most pressing and intractable problems related to operations and manufacturing excellence,” said John Drzik, Chief Executive of Oliver Wyman. “It not only deepens our footprint in France and Europe, but also offers our partners and clients around the world the opportunity to tap into a deep reserve of highly differentiated and specialised expertise that Hemeria has developed over the years.”

Oliver Wyman buys Hemeria in France

Gilles Roucolle, a Partner in Oliver Wyman’s Paris office leading the integration of Hemeria, added: “Hemeria’s strengths and relationships will reinforce our operations management expertise at a particularly critical time for value creation in industrial and service companies worldwide and further establish our position as a multi-specialist firm among leading international consulting firms in the world. We look forward to welcoming our new colleagues on board.”

The move grows Oliver Wyman’s French team to 48 partners and 270 consulting professionals, says Hanna Moukanas, a Partner in Oliver Wyman’s Paris hub and co-head of the office, a tally which in his eyes makes the firm one of the market leaders in the French consulting industry.

Commenting on the joining of forces, Hemeria chairman Bernard Birchler said: “As part of Oliver Wyman, we will be able to better meet the evolving needs of our global client base, and will also be able add more value to our services by expanding our range of expertise.”


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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.”