KPMG acquires BrainNet Supply Management Group

21 June 2012 Consultancy.uk

KPMG has bought the global supply chain consulting firm BrainNet Supply Management Group. BrainNet has more than 300 supply chain consultants spread across 15 offices in 12 countries. The acquired firm will be integrated into the Advisory branch of the Big4 firm. The CEO of BrainNet, Christian Rast, will become responsible for the future supply chain Centre of Excellence. The transaction is expected to close later this summer.

KPMG Advisory

Over the past years, the consulting branch of KPMG has strongly expanded, supported by an aggressive acquisition strategy. In July 2010, it bought the supply chain branch of Grant Thornton in America. Last year it acquired several firms, including outsourcing specialist EquaTerra (global), Sumera Management Consulting (Canada) and HIO Group Incorporated (Canada).

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BrainNet Supply Management

BrainNet Supply Management has a global revenue of $65 million, with offices in Bonn, Budapest, London, Mexico City, Mumbai, Munich, Pittsburgh, Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paulo, Shanghai, St. Gallen, Stockholm, Vienna and Wrocław. The consulting firm supports global fortune companies and mid-sized companies with solutions in the areas of research & development, operations, logistics, purchasing and strategic qualification.

“We look forward to welcoming the BrainNet team to the KPMG global network,” says Mark Goodburn, Global Head of KPMG Advisory. “With the acquisition of BrainNet, KPMG will have an even greater depth of knowledge and global footprint to help member firm clients navigate their most complex supply chain challenges and opportunities.”

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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.”