Harris Williams & Co. Advises Bureau Veritas on its Acquisition of EMG Corporation

March 5, 2018

Harris Williams & Co., a preeminent middle market investment bank focused on the advisory needs of clients worldwide for more than 25 years, announces that it advised Bureau Veritas (EPA: BVI) on its acquisition of EMG Corporation (EMG). Bureau Veritas is a leader in laboratory testing, inspection and certification services and the acquisition of EMG expands Bureau Veritas’ capabilities in the technical assessment and project management space in the U.S. This represents the second transaction in the past six months on which Harris Williams & Co. has advised Bureau Veritas. The assignment was led by Brian Lucas, Luke Semple, Ian Thomas and Will Forston of Harris Williams & Co.’s Richmond office.

“EMG is the latest addition to Bureau Veritas’ growing presence in North America,” said Brian Lucas, a managing director at Harris Williams & Co. “Combined with the acquisition of Primary Integration Solutions last year, Bureau Veritas continues to build scale in its building and infrastructure segment.”

“This transaction is further evidence of continued strong M&A activity in the broader testing, inspection and certification sector,” added Ian Thomas, a director at Harris Williams & Co.

Bureau Veritas is a world leader in laboratory testing, inspection and certification services. Created in 1828, the Group has more than 73,000 employees in around 1,400 offices and laboratories located all across the globe. Bureau Veritas helps its clients to improve their performance by offering services and innovative solutions in order to ensure that their assets, products, infrastructure and processes meet standards and regulations in terms of quality, health and safety, environmental protection and social responsibility. Bureau Veritas is listed on Euronext Paris and belongs to the Next 20 index.

With a track record of more than a million completed projects across all 50 states, EMG is one of the largest technical assessment and project management companies in the nation. Its professionals offer clients a broad range of services around the life cycle of their facilities including engineering and environmental assessments upon acquisition or financing, capital planning and program and project management. Real estate owners, retailers, commercial lenders, institutional owners and government entities benefit from EMG’s integrated and scalable operational processes and technologies and its national team of experienced subject matter experts and project managers. The company is headquartered in Owings Mills, Maryland, and Scottsdale, Arizona, with satellite offices in Miami, Florida and Orange County and the San Francisco Bay Area, California, and it employs approximately 600 people throughout the U.S.

Harris Williams & Co. (www.harriswilliams.com), a subsidiary of the PNC Financial Services Group, Inc. (NYSE:PNC), is a preeminent middle market investment bank focused on the advisory needs of clients worldwide.  The firm has deep industry knowledge, global transaction expertise, and an unwavering commitment to excellence. Harris Williams & Co. provides sell-side and acquisition advisory, restructuring advisory, board advisory, private placements and capital markets advisory services.

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