Currie & Brown acquires Sweett Group’s APAC and India businesses
21 October 2015
Currie & Brown has acquired Sweett Group plc’s Asia Pacific and India businesses. Currie & Brown now has 48 offices throughout the world, with principal offices in Dubai, Hong Kong, London, Mumbai, Princeton and Shanghai.
Announcing the transaction, Euan McEwan, group chief executive officer of Currie & Brown, said: "It has been one of Currie & Brown’s objectives to fill the gap in our global coverage by expanding our footprint in the Asia Pacific region. This acquisition allows us to achieve this objective and support our clients throughout the world more effectively.
"We are now particularly well placed to provide services to clients with operations in China as well as to advise Chinese clients who want to invest in western economies.
"Our Japan/Taiwan business, which has been successfully developed over the last 35 years, is a natural complement to the business built up by Sweett Group in the Asia Pacific region.
"Currie & Brown’s India business will be much strengthened by merging two of India’s most successful cost management consultancies to create the largest consultancy of its kind on the subcontinent.
"The acquisition also provides an opportunity to re-enter the Australia market in specific growth areas such as PPP/P3 and the government sector where our newly acquired business has developed a strong track record.
"Having operated a successful joint venture with the Widnell team in the Asia Pacific region before they joined Sweett Group, we already have a good relationship with the organisation. They have an excellent reputation in the region and have built a strong client base which complements Currie & Brown’s."
Kim Berry, previously managing director of Sweett’s APAC business, will become chief operating officer of Currie & Brown Asia Pacific.