Aon acquires benefit consulting firm Mayfair Consultancy Services

08 May 2017

Aon has acquired Mayfair Consultancy Services, the international benefits brokerage portfolio of Mayfair Group, for an undisclosed sum. Through the deal the firm gains access to a broader offering through which it can better service its Indian multinational clients, among others.

Mayfair Consultancy Services is an insurance consultancy firm that offers International Private Medical Insurance product to Corporate Clients, particularly Indian multinationals. The firm was founded in 1990 by Michail Chopra, currently the firm’s CEO, and Don Chopra, currently a Managing Director at the firm. Mayfair is specialised in supporting clients in IT industry with a range of services, including the design, placement, and administration of International Benefits programmes. The firm, which is headquartered in London, has offices in Bangalore, Manila and Melbourne.

According to Aon, the acquisition of Mayfair will boost its presence in the global benefits consulting and solutions space. The deal, the value of which has not been disclosed, further adds to the firm’s portfolio of offering – particularly to one of its large client bases, Indian multinationals.

Aon acquires Mayfair Consultancy Services

Commenting on the acquisition, said Tim Dwyer, CEO of Aon Health & Benefits in the Asia Pacific region says, “Mayfair’s expertise with Indian multinational companies and their leading operational platform, combined with Aon’s world class consulting, analytics and placement capabilities will create a powerful value proposition for Indian multinational companies.”

Remarking on the acquisition of the 30 year old company, Mike Chopra, CEO of Mayfair Group comments, “We have been exploring opportunities to enhance our offering to clients, and Aon was the perfect fit in terms of global footprint, expertise and culture. Together with Aon we look forward to providing truly distinctive solutions to Indian multinational companies and their subsidiaries.”


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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.”