We advised GHK Holdings Limited, a worldwide consultancy service to public and private sector clients (specialising in public policy, biodiversity, consumer advisory, energy and climate change) in relation to an offer by ICF Consulting Limited, an English registered subsidiary of ICF International, Inc., listed on the U.S. stock exchange, NASDAQ, with a market capitalisation of around (US) $500 million. DLA Piper acted for the acquirer.

The transaction was unusual as GHK, whilst a private company, was an employee owned business with over 100 individual shareholders and so the deal proceeded by way of a recommended offer to all shareholders.

In addition, the target was the holding company for a group of consulting businesses operating in over 12 locations in Europe, Pakistan, India, and the Far East.