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Arnold Bloch Leibler acts for Irwinconsult owners on sale to WSP

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Arnold Bloch Leibler (ABL) has advised the owners of leading Australian building engineering consultancy Irwinconsult on the sale of the business to WSP, a global management and consultancy service business headquartered in Montreal, Canada.

Irwinconsult — with offices in Melbourne, Bendigo and Darwin – has worked on a number of iconic buildings in Melbourne including the State Library of Victoria, Royal Children’s Hospital, the Shrine of Remembrance and the University of Melbourne School of Design. 

Commercial Partner Christine Fleer led the ABL team advising on the transaction, which included Senior Associate Laura Cochrane, Lawyer Miguel Ferreira and Law Graduate Chris Davis — with the transaction closing in a short timeframe.

Christine Fleer congratulated our clients on the sale: “The acquisition by WSP recognises Irwinconsult’s market leading position in Australia. The merged firm will be well placed to expand throughout Australia and beyond. This milestone transaction is a great result for our clients, who will remain actively involved as leaders in the merged business, contributing to its continued success and growth”. 

Christine also noted the significance of the cross-border deal in the context of the wider sector: “We are expecting that the trend of increased consolidation of the services sector will continue on a global scale, with larger international players acquiring businesses with an established footprint in their respective locations.”

WSP is one of the largest consultancy businesses in the world, with over 48,000 staff.

About Arnold Bloch Leibler 

Arnold Bloch Leibler is a premium Australian commercial law firm renowned for advising clients on their most important transactions, commercial issues and disputes. From offices in Melbourne and Sydney, the firm provides advice to a diverse range of entrepreneurial Australian listed companies, family businesses, high-net-worth individuals and international corporations. The firm also has a dedicated pro bono practice providing advice on social, environmental and cultural issues to more than 150 charitable and not-for-profit organisations.

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