Conestoga-Rovers & Associates (CRA) and GHD Group Pty Ltd. (GHD) announced that they had completed their previously announced merger to create a global leader in engineering, environmental consulting, architecture, and construction services.
The result is a company of more than 8,500 employees, with 4,000 in North America alone. The merger includes all of CRA and its family of companies, including Inspec-Sol and eSolutions. The companies officially merged, with all ongoing employee shareholders in CRA becoming shareholders of GHD. This unique feature of the merger makes it one of the largest private stock transactions in the engineering and environmental consulting industry.
CRA was advised by its General Counsel, Derek McBean, assisted by Gowling Lafleur Henderson LLP with a team that included Bryce Kraeker, David Petras, Michael Misener and Aubrey Lasky (M&A); Neena Gupta and Lucie Guimond (employment) and Gloria Geddes (tax). CRA was advised with respect to US matters by Hodgson Russ LLP with a team that included John Zak (corporate/securities) and Brian Manning (antitrust).
GHD was advised by McMillan LLP with a team that included Carl De Vuono and Ratika Gandhi (corporate and M&A); Hellen Siwanowicz (securities); Daniel Edmondstone and Joshua Chad (competition); George Waggott (employment) and Michael Friedman and Carl Irvine (tax). Snell & Wilmer L.L.P. advised GHD with respect to US matters, with a team led by James Scheinkman (corporate and M&A) and which included Serge Pavluk and Katy Annuschat (corporate and M&A); Cheryl Ikegami and Dan Goldfine (Hart-Scott-Rodino); Tiffanny Brosnan (employment) and Bill Kastin (tax).