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18 May 2021

Allen & Overy is advising ERM, the world’s largest pure-play sustainability consultancy, and its majority shareholders, OMERS Private Equity and Alberta Investment Management Corporation (AIMCo), on the sale of ERM to KKR, a leading global investment firm.  

The transaction, which will see KKR acquire a majority position in ERM, with ERM’s Partners and management remaining as minority investors, is expected to close in Q3 2021 subject to certain conditions, including regulatory approvals. Financial terms of the transaction have not been disclosed.

ERM partners with the world’s leading organisations to create innovative solutions to sustainability challenges, and provides deep technical expertise in environmental health, safety, risk and social matters with a diverse team of more than 5,500 consultants, including 580 Partners, across 150 offices in over 40 countries.

Corporate private equity partner Gordon Milne is leading the A&O team together with senior associates Grace Harvey and Chris Sabine, associate Jenny Paramonova, and trainees Luke Barratt and Angela Chan, all based in London. The team also includes: antitrust partner Alasdair Balfour and senior associate Jean-Francois Willems; tax counsel Tim Harrop (London); leveraged finance partner Vanessa Xu (London), senior counsel Jonathan Homer (New York) and senior associate Nick Hallam (London); corporate partners Jamie Palmer and Michael Parshall (Sydney); corporate partner Romy Richter (Paris); banking partner Yves Van Paul (Brussels); corporate partner Nicolaus Ascherfeld (Germany).

Allen & Overy is acting for OMERS Private Equity and AIMCo and as co-counsel to ERM. Ropes & Gray is acting for the ERM Partner shareholders and as co-counsel to ERM.