Equiteq sells property consulting McBains Cooper to RSBG

19 October 2017 Consultancy.uk

German investment firm RSGB has completed its acquisition of the McBains Cooper Group for an undisclosed fee. Throughout negotiations, which culminated on September 27th, M&A advisory Equiteq acted as exclusive financial advisors to McBains Cooper shareholders.

UK based McBains Cooper is an interdisciplinary property and construction consultancy, which focuses on design, architecture, planning, engineering, construction, project management and sustainability. The London-headquartered company has branches in Manchester and Thames Valley, as well as international offices positioned across Europe. The company has been responsible for many high-profile projects, including the regeneration of Battersea Power Station, cost managing new buildings at Eton College, along with work on the hotel and residential scheme the InterContinental, next to London’s O2 Arena, on the Greenwich peninsula.

Founded in 2014 as an investment vehicle, RSBG is part of RAG-Stiftung, a private foundation established in 2007. As part of the long-term capital investment strategy, the firm invests in companies which are sustainably successful. With focus on automation, machinery and industrial services – all booming segments amid a sustained period of business disruption motivated by cost-cutting – it has majority holdings in Pell Frischmann, the Dorsch Group, Qvest Media, the Roschmann and Masco Groups, among others. McBains Cooper will hope their acquisition by RSBG will strengthen the consultancy’s continued growth plans.

Equiteq sells property consulting McBains Cooper to RSBG

Jürgen Wild, Managing Director of RSBG, said, “McBains Cooper provides a great fit with our investment criteria, a highly-respected property and construction consultancy that has an enviable reputation across all major market sectors. They have combined technical excellence with exemplary customer service. Adding dedicated project management capability and a multi-discipline approach is a major step in our strategy to build a fully-fledged consultancy group. In the last three years RSBG has significantly invested in built environment consulting businesses. The fourth transaction in this segment underlines our commitment to the U.K. market.”

Michael Thirkettle, CEO of McBains Cooper added, “Today marks an exciting new chapter in the long and proud history of McBains Cooper, as we strengthen our imprint and extend our global reach. RSBG only invests in companies that have a future of both expansion and sustainability, that mirror their own values, and we are delighted to join with them in this new enterprise. Our existing clients will see no difference in terms of the people they deal with on a day-to-day basis, but we will now have additional resources to expand services and operations further afield in the future.”

Equiteq advise

Equiteq is an international consulting and IT services sector M&A advisory. The firm Equiteq works with clients to best achieve their value and exit objectives through accelerating equity growth and ultimately realising that value in a trade or private equity sale. Equiteq, who recently advised on the GNC Group’s acquisition by Grant Thornton, worked as the exclusive advisors of McBains Cooper throughout the sales process.

Regarding Equiteq’s role in the transaction, Jonathan Mintz, FD and Shareholder of McBains Cooper, commented, “Equiteq have been a trusted and invaluable advisor for us throughout this process. They have guided us through the big decisions and the smallest of detail to make sure that we achieved what was best for McBains Cooper and our clients. Having a partner in Gabriella Silvestris, with experience and integrity, was vital in ensuring that communication and trust flowed between all parties. We are delighted with the outcome and are excited about the future with RSBG.”

Equiteq Director, Gabriela Silvestris, who worked with the shareholders of McBains Cooper during the sale, said, “We are delighted with the outcome for the shareholders of McBains Cooper who had built an impressive business based on a holistic and turn-key approach to property and construction. This is a great opportunity for McBains Cooper to accelerate and strengthen its growth.”


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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.”