Market Spotlight – Gartner to Acquire CEB

With 2016 in very recent memory, the world is still quaking from the effects of countless events: Brexit, the US election, rising concerns about global international relations, to name a few. Where there is uncertainty, providers of research, data, and insights typically thrive. Gartner’s acquisition comes at a time when enterprises need help navigating challenging market dynamics.

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The Consulting M&A Market: Back on Top in 2016

Although 2016 started with what initially appeared to be muted M&A activity, we will likely look back on 2016 as a key inflection point for the broad consulting industry. Through an equal combination of both strong volume and values, the consulting M&A market reached new heights and set a high bar for 2017. With 2016 now in the rear-view mirror, we are taking stock of our initial predictions as well as forecasting new ones for the year ahead. Continue reading

Clearsight Promotes Two from Within to Position the Firm for Continued Growth

Clearsight Advisors, Inc. (“Clearsight” or the “Firm”) is pleased to announce that the Firm has promoted Alex Johnston and Kyle McNickle to Vice President.  Messrs. Johnston and McNickle both joined Clearsight in 2015 in the role of Associate and have both contributed to the growth and success of the Firm.  Messrs. Johnston and McNickle have been valuable to our clients, our junior banker training efforts, and they continue to help grow our strengthening brand.  We see this as a milestone for them individually in their professional development and critical for the Firm’s continued growth and success Continue reading

A RICO Charge…the latest arrow in the Yates quiver…

Regulators continue to show aggressive tactics as the Yates Memo guidelines continue to drive prosecutorial strategies.  As the 2015 Memo stated, there is an increased effort and focus being placed on individual accountability, as further evidenced by D.A.G. Yates’s comments delivered on Nov. 30th (https://goo.gl/uIi5WB) at the International FCPA conference. Continue reading

Clearsight Advises Pivot Point Consulting in its Acquisition by Vaco Healthcare

Clearsight Advisors, Inc. (“Clearsight”) is pleased to announce the acquisition of Pivot Point Consulting, LLC (“Pivot Point”) by Vaco Healthcare, LLC (“Vaco”), a portfolio company of QUAD-C Management, Inc. Clearsight served as the exclusive strategic and financial advisor to Pivot Point Consulting. The transaction underscores Clearsight’s unrivaled position as the advisor of choice for leading companies in the consulting and professional services sectors as well as its depth of domain expertise in Healthcare IT, where technology, services and data are rapidly converging. Continue reading

Despite Early Innings For AI, M&A Activity Soars

While the mass media overuses the term Artificial Intelligence (AI), most experts agree that successful AI will include more than one dominant technology, instead being an evolution of interwoven technological building blocks patterned after Big Data’s technology stack evolution. Continue reading

Deal Spotlight – CGI Acquires Collaborative Consulting

CGI jumps back into the M&A market with its first US acquisition of a consulting organization in more than 5 years

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Deal Spotlight – LDiscovery Acquires Kroll Ontrack

Clearly LDiscovery’s CEO, Chris Weiler, wasn’t joking around when he told the Washington Post in January 2016 that the Company, “..will look at acquisitions and be a little more aggressive.” Backed by Carlyle’s deep pockets, LDiscovery was able to pursue acquisitions of this nature as the Company seeks to increase scale in earnest.

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Clearsight Advises Datasource Consulting, a Leader in Enterprise Data Management Services, in its Acquisition by EXL

Clearsight Advisors, Inc. has completed another successful transaction in their Big Data and Analytics Practice. Clearsight served as the exclusive strategic and financial advisor to Datasource Consulting in its acquisition by EXL.

EXL (NASDAQ: EXLS), a leading Operations Management and Analytics company, announced that it acquired Datasource Consulting, LLC, the Denver-based specialists in Business Intelligence and Enterprise Data Management. Continue reading

Market Spotlight – Aon Acquires Stroz Friedberg

On October 11, 2016, Aon plc (NYSE:AON) (“Aon”), a global provider of risk management, brokerage, and HR solutions, announced that it had entered into an agreement to acquire Stroz Friedberg, LLC (“Stroz Friedberg”) a specialized risk management firm. Stroz Friedberg will be integrated with current Aon personnel to form a new division known as the Cyber Solutions Group.

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