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  • 27 November, 2012

    Secrets of success from US consulting engineering and environmental firms

    . Consulting engineering. Engineering. Mergers & Acquisitions. Strategy

    The recent softening of the market could not have come at a worst time for those consulting engineering and environmental firms in the United States seeking an orderly succession of ownership. One delegate at a recent US conference of consulting engineers in which I participated described it as “a corporate snakes and ladders board: Rising […]

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  • 23 November, 2012

    Law firms jockeying for position in the Asian Century

    . Asia. Law. Mergers & Acquisitions. Strategy

    “Whoever is first in the field and awaits the coming of the enemy will be fresh for the fight; whoever is second in the field and has to hasten to battle will arrive exhausted.” Sun Tzu, The Art of War Asia the battlefield… The Australian government recently released its white paper on Australia in the […]

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  • 23 November, 2012

    Two posts on new PSF business models and ethics

    . Accounting. Consulting engineering. Health. Law. Management consulting. Strategy

    If professional services firms want to continue practising profitably, then re-working aspects of their business models is essential–and at the same time practitioners and firms should never forget they are first and foremost part of their profession. These posts are in BRW’s First Among Equals blog, the intent of which is to bring readers stimulating […]

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  • 14 November, 2012

    US acquisitions – why Australian CEE firms should think twice

    . Consulting engineering. Mergers & Acquisitions. Strategy

    At a conference in the USA last week over 100 small- to mid-sized consulting engineering, environmental and architectural firms shared their most pressing issues – growth and succession. Or put more plainly – acquisitions and exit. If you are an Australian firm looking to acquire a US firm – caveat emptor!

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  • 12 November, 2012

    Do companies acquire badly?

    . Accounting. Consulting engineering. Law. Management consulting. Mergers & Acquisitions

    Do companies acquire badly? Do companies actually realise the multiple they publish in their disclosure statements? Or have they effectively overpaid? Does this account for the increased due diligence we are now seeing and the deeper digging into contract backlogs and pipelines?

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  • 5 November, 2012

    The Next8: Battle ground of the accounting mid-tier

    . Accounting. Mergers & Acquisitions. Strategy

    In the 2012 round of musical chairs PKF is the one left standing with nowhere to sit except Perth, Tasmania, Canberra and the Gold Coast.  Who could have guessed that the demise of the BDO NSW and Victoria partnership in early 2012 would have left PKF the loser?

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