Guatemala firm Orellana Sánchez, Sazo y Asociados joins RSM

17 February 2017 Consultancy.uk

As part of RSM’s continued expansion across the globe, the professional services firm has added Guatemala City based Orellana Sánchez, Sazo y Asociados to its network. The addition sees a team of 50 staff and four partners support clients across the growing economy.

RSM has added a new member firm to its international network. Orellana Sánchez, Sazo y Asociados has becomes its partner in Guatemala, providing it with access to the country’s economy, which continues modest economic expansion, and its presence in Latin America.

The addition will see around 50 staff and four partners, join RSM’s global network – which is currently the sixth largest global professional services firm with offices in more than 120 countries. The addition is located in Guatemala City, the capital, from where it serves clients in a range of industries, from agriculture, energy, food and beverages to non-governmental organisations, decentralised government units and other government entities.

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Jean Stephens, Chief Executive Officer of RSM International, comments: “Our clients look to RSM for international reach and capabilities together with a thorough understanding of their local market. RSM in Guatemala will provide a gateway for new and existing clients into Central America’s largest economy, bringing them expert insight and knowledge of the business landscape in this country.”

Luis Eduardo Orellana Sanchez, Managing Partner at Orellana Sánchez, Sazo & Asociados, comments that the firm is “excited” to be joining the RSM network and to adopt its global brand. Adding, “Our membership will help us to strengthen the services we provide to businesses here in Guatemala and to those in neighbouring countries and beyond. The network offers our clients access to the best professionals around the world in the countries they choose to do business.”

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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.”