KPMG Corporate Finance acquires St. Charles Capital

07 July 2014

The Corporate Finance practice of KPMG has acquired St. Charles Capital, a boutique American investment bank that provides M&A and advisory services for mid-market companies. Financial terms of the agreement have not be disclosed.

Founded in 2005 with headquarters in Denver, St. Charles Capital specializes in M&A (sellside and buyside) and capital advisory services. Over the past year the firm has completed more than 200 M&A transactions valued in excess of $7.1 billion in total and raised nearly $1.4 billion in private capital. St. Charles Capital has approximately 30 employees and is in particular active in the segments technology, financial services and energy.

“We are excited to have the highly respected senior industry bankers of St. Charles Capital join our Corporate Finance practice. Their outstanding industry experience in technology, financial services and energy sectors enhances our ability to serve key market segments,” says Phil Isom, Head of KPMG Corporate Finance in the US. “Integrating St. Charles Capital’s team will bolster our ability to assist mid-market organizations with capitalizing on renewed M&A optimism and appetite, and help build an added spectrum of key sector capabilities and experience.”

St Charles Capital part of KPMG Corporate Finance

Acquisition spree

KPMG has been on an acquisition spree of its own this year in the US. Recently it announced a deal to buy Zanett Commercial Solutions, a Cincinnati-based technology-consulting firm. In May, it announced it was acquiring restructuring advisory firm BBK and days before it bought Rothstein Kass, a New Jersey firm that caters to hedge funds and other alternative investment firms.

Globally KPMG has a team of roughly 2,600 professionals corporate finance professionals, active in 155 countries. “Access to KPMG’s impressive global distribution network and full service advisory capabilities in critically important vertical markets greatly expand the value we can provide to clients and prospects,” says Michael Franson, President of St. Charles Capital.


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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.”