Here’s how the Tax Bill will Affect the A/E Industry

With the Republican-led tax bill headed to the President’s desk, The Wall Street Journal takes a closer look at how the overhaul affects homeowners, families, retirees, and business professionals.  Here are the highlights for the Architecture and Engineering industry: Pass-Through Entities Although owners of S corporations, partnerships, and other pass-through businesses are set to receive […]

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Jacobs Completes CH2M Acquisition

Jacobs (ENR #2) completes the acquisition of CH2M (ENR #3).    This marks another mega M&A deal in the AE industry in 2017.  In the first nine months of 2017, 10 deals involved a seller on Engineering News-Record’s (ENR) Top 500 Design Firms list. Other notable deals included Wood Group (ENR #28) acquiring Amec Foster Wheeler (ENR #7), New Mountain Partners […]

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Deal-Making Stays Strong; Some Buyers Behaving Badly

Mergers and acquisition activity in the A/E industry has somewhat lessened since the back-to-back record-setting years of 2014 and 2015. However, as measured by the number of transactions, overall interest in deal-making in the sector remains high. The 2015 high-water mark of 352 global deals—which came after 2014’s then-record tally of 341 deals—was followed by […]

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US design firm deals down slightly through the first three quarters of 2017 compared to 2016; California most active state for M&A

Morrissey Goodale tracked 153 US deals in the first nine months of 2017, compared to 156 over the same period the previous year, representing a decrease of 1.9%. Deals reported in the first nine months of the year fell for the second year in a row; in 2015, the first nine months of the year […]

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