Huron sells Legal unit to Consilio, 450 advisors transfer

11 December 2015

North American consulting firm Huron Consulting Group has sold its legal division, Huron Legal, to Consilio, an advisory firm that specialises in litigation and eDiscovery. As part of the deal, more than 450 employees will join Consilio upon closing, planned for December 31st, 2015.

Founded in 2002, Consilio is an eDiscovery and Document Review Service provider with extensive experience in litigation, antitrust, second requests and internal and regulatory investigations. Previously known as First Advantage Litigation Consulting, Consilio rebranded itself in 2013 to emphasize the importance of ‘consulting’ to its strategy and portfolio.

Just four months after Consilio received a financial investment from Shamrock Capital Advisors, a Los Angeles-based private equity firm that bought a majority stake and subsequently drafted an ambitious growth strategy, the company has completed its third acquisition, this time picking up Huron’s legal practice. Huron Legal is one of Huron Consulting Group’s four operating segments and offers a variety of services to law firms and corporate law departments including eDiscovery, document review, information governance and compliance, law department management and legal analytics. The business unit has operations primarily in the U.S., including Chicago, Charlotte, Raleigh, Miramar, New York, Washington, D.C., San Francisco and Houston, as well as international locations in London, U.K. and Gurgaon, India.

Consilio to acquire Huron Legal

Andy Macdonald, Consilio’s Chief Executive Officer, says he is excited to welcome Huron Legal’s more than 450 employees, adding “The acquisition of Huron Legal aligns with our strategy to create greater scale, which enables us to broaden our geographic coverage, enhance our technology offerings, and deliver more efficient solutions to our clients.” Bob Rowe, Executive Vice President at Huron Legal, adds: “We are committed to integrating the two practices to create a client-focused business with a unique portfolio of global capabilities to help serve our clients’ legal services needs.”

Previous acquisitions of Consilio since the early September Shamrock deal are the purchase of Backstop, a technology-assisted review and predictive coding firm, and Proven Legal Technologies, a UK based eDisclosure and forensic-consulting services provider.


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.”