Mercer acquires Frankfurt-based Promerit, adds 100 HR consultants

13 February 2018

The German wing of global human capital consultancy Mercer has acquired Promerit, a Frankfurt-based firm specialised in HR transformation with around 100 consultants. 

With the bolt-on, Mercer enhances its position in the German HR consulting market – globally the firm is one of the leaders in the landscape. The move in particular bolsters Mercer’s HR digitisation offerings, as the company strives to meet growing demand for services in the field. New technologies, globalisation and demographic change are forcing companies to adapt their business models, with large development changes to how organisations are run and how people are supported. 

“Business, people and digital transformation are the core competencies of Promerit, and they are a market leader in Germany for the development and integration of HR cloud systems,” explained Achim Lüder, CEO of Mercer in Germany. “Our customers will benefit from the combination of our combined strengths – local expertise and global know-how – as well as innovative and digital solutions.”

The chief executive added that Promerit's innovative capabilities in transformation and digitisation will also have a positive impact on Mercer’s broader services portfolio. Mercer, which is a subsidiary of Marsh & McLennan Companies, not only supports companies in the area of human capital, but also offers services ranging from M&A and pensions to compensation & benefits, international transfers, investments and talent strategy.

Mercer acquires Frankfurt-based PromeritKai Anderson, co-founder and board member of Promerit, said of the deal; “We not only complement each other in our capabilities and expertise, we also share the same values, the great commitment to our clients and passion to move our people forward in their careers.”

The terms of the agreement between Mercer and Promerit have not been disclosed. 

The deal in Germany comes shortly after Mercer acquired Japanese alternative asset manager BFC Asset Management for an undisclosed amount, in a move that significantly expanded its Investments business in Japan. Other deals completed by Mercer in the past 24 months include the purchase of Positive Ageing Company in the UK, Thomsons Online Benefits, CPSG Partners and Sirota Consulting in the US, and Pillar in Australia.

Last month in Germany, Bluecarat, an IT consultancy with offices in Cologne, Frankfurt and Hamburg, was acquired by Sopra Steria.

PwC bolsters Salesforce arm in Benelux and France with ABSI deal

09 April 2019

Accounting and consulting firm PwC has bolstered its Salesforce portfolio in the Benelux with the acquisition of ABSI. The move adds around 100 consultants and technology experts to its Salesforce practices in the Netherlands, Belgium and France. 

The move comes at a time when demand for Salesforce implementation services is rising rapidly. Salesforce is a provider of cloud-based systems that help companies build and nurture their (potential) clients through a rigorous and personalised customer relationship management approach. Over 150,000 companies today use Salesforce CRM to support their sales, service, commerce, marketing and e-commerce objectives. 

In the Benelux, ABSI was Salesforce’s first certified partner, back in 2002, and the firm has since grown into one of the region’s larger IT consultancies dedicated to the Salesforce platform. The company specialises in the implementation of Salesforce systems, the design of blueprints and business processes, the migration of data, and application integration.

“In a world that is digitising, organisations want to offer a personalised experience to customers, employees and business partners,” explained Maarten van de Pol, who leads PwC Advisory in the Netherlands. “The technological ecosystem of Salesforce meets this need – with the acquisition, PwC is strengthening its fast-growing digital transformation services on the Salesforce backbone.”PwC bolsters Salesforce arm in Benelux and France with ABSI dealThe integration sees ABSI’s 100-odd employees in Belgium (where the company was founded in 1995 in Brussels), the Netherlands (located in Nieuwegein, close to Utrecht) and France (Paris) join PwC’s ranks. As well as adding deep Salesforce expertise to its offering, PwC also expects to benefit from ABSI’s experience and propositions in the area of Dell Boomi, Sitecore, ServiceMax, Riva, Neurored and Ebsta. 

Doubi Ajami, founder and CEO van ABSI, remarked on the deal; “PwC and ABSI complement each other perfectly. Together we will be able to better serve our customers. While our focus remains 100% on Salesforce, thanks to the power and network of PwC we will also be able to work on broader projects at a strategic digital level.” 

PwC’s acquisitions in the Benelux build on previous Salesforce deals globally. At the end of 2017 the consulting firm for instance acquired UK-based cDecisions, shortly after it also bolted-on a Salesforce specialist in South Africa. The investments are part of PwC’s broader strategy to ramp up its technology consulting arm, amid a booming market for digital transformation services.  

Recently, PwC was named one of the globe’s top advisory and implementation partners for the Salesforce platform.