Savills Studley buys real estate firm KLG Advisors

27 March 2015

Savills Studley, part of London-based Savills, has reached a definitive agreement to acquire KLG Advisors, a US-based real estate consulting firm. KLG Advisors’ six staff will move into Savills Studley’s New York City offices. The value of the deal has not been disclosed.

KLG Advisors is a real estate consulting firm that provides advice on developing location and real estate strategies based on a comprehensive, long-term view that supports the broader goals of the overall business and the needs of its workforce. The firm has been founded in 1993 and since then worked for some of the largest businesses in the US, including Morgan Stanley, Fidelity, Pfizer, JP Morgan, Citigroup, among others. The firm provides

Savills Studley is an in 1954 founded global commercial real estate services firm that provides real estate solutions to organisations across all industries. The firm’s platform includes office brokerage, project management, capital markets, consulting and corporate services. Savills Studley has 26 offices in the US and as part of London-based Savills* has access to more than 27,000 professionals and over 600 locations around the world.

Savills Studley buys real estate consultancy KLG Advisors

By joining together the firms will be able to better leverage their shared capabilities, histories of passionate client advocacy, and a commitment to ‘conflict free’ advisory. Commenting on the acquisition, Mitchell Steir, CEO and Chairman of Savills Studley, says: “KLG has the finest reputation among real estate advisory firms, providing unmatched analytical services combined with profound strategic guidance to some of the America’s most successful companies. 

Doane Kelly, founding principal of KLG, explains that “KLG has received many overtures over the last two decades, but in the end there was really only one place where our intellectual capital could be effectively leveraged, and that was Savills Studley.”

KLG’s existing six professionals, all based in New York, will move into Savills Studley’s New York City offices.

* Last year, Savills acquired US-based Studley, rebranding the company to Savills Studley.


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.”