Deloitte buys family advisory Peter Leach & Partners

04 November 2014

Global accounting and consulting firm Deloitte has acquired Peter Leach & Partners, a UK-based family consulting business. Terms and conditions of the transaction, which will be closed in January next year, have not been announced.

Peter Leach & Partners was founded in 2008 by Peter Leach, who previously spent more than 35 years with BDO in its family business segment. Since its establishment, the firm has grown to a team of six professionals and a number of associates, operating in the UK and internationally, including the Middle East and Asia. The firm offers business consultancy to families, including services as succession planning, the development of family constitutions, and philanthropy services. 

For Deloitte – the largest consulting firm of the globe – the acquisition of Peter Leach & Partners significantly boosts its family business unit in the UK. The UK currently has more than 858,000 family businesses, and with the addition of Peter Leach & Partners, the firm can offer a deeper and more integrated service portfolio to clients. In addition, existing customers of Peter Leach & Partners will gain access to Deloitte’s other services including corporate finance and real estate management.

Deloitte buys Peter Leach and Partners

As part of the integration, Peter Leach and Alexandra Sharpe will join Deloitte as a partner. “With over 30 years of experience, Peter is considered the ‘founding father’ of family business thinking in the UK. Alex is recognised as a leading authority on family business and specialises in succession planning and governance issues. We believe that this acquisition gives Deloitte the leading family business consulting team,” says Claire Webster, head of Deloitte’s Private Client Services team.

“I am excited to be joining Deloitte. This is a new adventure which will allow us to share our specialist expertise in family businesses, family offices and family philanthropy with a broader audience. This is a great opportunity to integrate with a leading business advisory firm. Considering the enormous growth potential of this market, combining our forces will enable us to provide our clients with a broader range of services, which will benefit them,” says Leach.


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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.”