Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. buys US healthcare consultancy

24 September 2014

Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. has acquired The Benfield Group, a US-based healthcare consulting firm. Nine consultants from The Benfield Group across offices in four American cities will join the global professional services firm. Financial terms of the transaction have not been disclosed.

Founded in 1989, The Benfield Group is a healthcare consulting firm that offers research, business and communication services to healthcare company’s throughout the United States. The firm operates from three cities in the US: St. Louis, Chicago, Washington D.C. and Atlanta.

With a footprint that spans offices in 30 countries and client-service capabilities in more than 140 countries, Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. is one of the largest professional services players of the globe. The firm specialises in insurance brokerage and risk management services.

Arthur J. Gallagher & Co buys The Benfield Group

In line with its ambition to boost its healthcare business in the U.S, Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. has decided to purchase The Benfield Group. "Because of its unique offering, specialized healthcare focus and serviced-based culture, The Benfield Group will be a great complement to our existing employee benefit consulting capabilities," says J. Patrick Gallagher Junior, Chairman, President and CEO of Arthur J. Gallagher & Co.

The Benfield Group will continue to operate from their current locations. Co-founders Chuck Reynolds and Scott Thompson will report to William Ziebell, head of Gallagher's North Central employee benefit consulting and brokerage operations. "I am delighted to welcome Chuck, Scott and their associates to our growing family of professionals," adds J. Patrick Gallagher Junior.

Gallager - Reynolds - Thompson

UK expansion
Earlier this year (April 2014) Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. significantly expanded its UK business with the acquisition of the Oval Group, reportedly for a fee of approximately £199 million. The combined operation of Oval and Gallagher has more than 80 offices and 4,000 employees across the UK. 


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.”