PwC acquires GEM Consulting

Date: 28-11-2007
Source: WA Business News

PricewaterhouseCoopers has today announced plans to strengthen its business advisory presence in Western Australia with the acquisition of Perth's leading management consulting firm, GEM Consulting.

Started in 1996, GEM Consulting has built a world-class team of specialists from consultancies, corporations and universities. With strong domestic and international experience, GEM Consulting has a solid reputation in the resources, mining, manufacturing and utilities sectors.

Newly appointed Perth Office Managing Partner, John O'Connor, likened PwC's acquisition of GEM Consulting as a meeting of great minds. "This acquisition gives PwC and GEM Consulting the capacity to realise shared growth aspirations and to create a stronger, more distinctive footprint not just in Perth but nationally.

"Clients of both firms will benefit as we will be better positioned to provide a more comprehensive range of best practice advisory services and advice."

The acquisition of GEM Consulting and its three partners - Robert Radley, Darren Smith and Brian Beresford - will boost PwC's Perth advisory practice to 6 partners and approximately 80 staff. GEM managing director Robert Radley said he believed GEM's domestic and international expertise, pragmatic mindset and personal hands-on approach would not only complement, but enhance PwC's depth of knowledge and skills across key industries.

The integration of GEM Consulting will take effect from 28 November, 2007.