FTI Consulting buys tax expert Global VAT Compliance

11 June 2015 Consultancy.uk

FTI Consulting has acquired VAT tax specialist, Global VAT Compliance, for an undisclosed sum. The deal will see Global VAT Compliance’s expertise expand FTI Consulting’s European tax advisory team with the addition of nine professionals, with three senior members taking on senior roles at FTI, including Senior Managing Director and two Managing Directors.

Global VAT Compliance is a Dutch vendor for compliance in VAT and related services that provides expertise in the areas of compliance obligations, fiscal representation capability and the latest software. The company has knowledge of VAT in a global context, with its senior staff able to offer specialised advice in both local regulations and their cross-border implications to offer clients the highest quality advice and support.

In line with the ambition to expand its European tax advisory offering, consulting firm FTI Consulting has decided to acquire Global VAT Compliance, adding a staff of nine to its team. The addition of Global VAT Compliance to FTI’s international tax and compliance offering is set to strengthen the firm’s corporate tax work in the UK and across the world through the WTS Alliance. The deal is also expected to strengthen its wider tax advisory practice, as well as delivering support to the tax and compliance team through FTI Consulting's wider expertise in Corporate Finance/Restructuring.

FTI Consulting buys Global VAT Compliance

Commenting on the acquisition, Marvin Rust, Head of European Tax Advisory Services at FTI Consulting, says: “We are delighted with the expansion of our tax advisory team. The addition of Global VAT Compliance’s centralised processes and state of the art technology enables us to offer the full range of VAT and tax services, and further enhances our offering to our clients who seek a real alternative to the Big 4.”

Henk Hop, CEO of Global VAT Compliance, who joins FTI Consulting as a Senior Managing Director, adds: “We are bringing a top class tax team and client base to FTI Consulting. We look forward to combining the strength of our expertise with FTI Consulting’s global outreach and breadth of services, offering our clients a broad spectrum of services and support.”


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.”