KPMG Advisory buys German chemicals firm Stratley

28 July 2014

Accounting and consulting firm KPMG has acquired Stratley, a German-based management consultancy specialized in the chemicals industry. 35 employees in three countries (Germany, China and Dubai) will join local KPMG offices. A transaction fee has not been disclosed.

Stratley was founded in 2005 and over the past 9 years the consulting firm has grown to a team of 35 people, based in Cologne, Hamburg, Shanghai and Dubai. Its focus lies exclusively on the chemicals industry, supporting clients with services such as strategy development, portfolio management, reorganisations and operational management.

The German country organisation of KPMG was founded in 1890 and currently has 30 locations throughout the country. With a revenue of €406 million KPMG Advisory belongs to one of the top 10 players in the German consulting market.

KPMG buys Stratley

According to Leif Zierz, Head of Transactions & Restructuring at KPMG in Germany, the merger will boost KPMG’s service portfolio to clients in the chemicals industry. “The chemical industry faces significant challenges such as rising raw materials and energy costs as well as more regulations in relation to environmental protection and climate change. Competitive pressures are increasing continually. In all these fields, the competencies of KPMG and Stratley in strategic consulting complement each other excellently. Together, we are in the position to be able to support our clients from strategic consulting through comprehensive management consulting across their entire value chains. Stratley’s proven industry competence will help us to support our clients in the chemical industry in even more detail in future. 

Stratley will be integrated within KPMG’s Advisory business unit and Chemicals Industry Practice. Walter Bürger-Kley, one of Stratley’s three Managing Partners, has been appointed as the new head of KPMG’s Chemicals Practice, with a focus on strategic and management consulting. In his view the main benefit of the integration with KPMG lies in the global network of the global Big 4 firm. “Since our foundation, we at Stratley have aimed to be the best consultancy for the chemical industry worldwide. With its global network, KPMG provides the optimal stage for us to continue together on this journey to the advantage of our clients.”

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Over the past months KPMG Advisory has been particularly active on the M&A market, particularly in the U.S. The American practice recently acquired St. Charles Capital (Corporate Finance), Zanett Commercial Solutions (Technology), BBK (restructuring) and Rothstein Kass (accounting).



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.”