Waterland Private Equity is pleased to announce the combination of First Consulting, Valcon and Viqtor Davis to create a leading North Western European consulting and technology group with over €100 million in revenues and over 800 professionals. While the three firms will continue to operate under their own brands, their integration has already started.
In December last year, First Consulting, a leading Dutch consultancy (350 consultants in the Netherlands, Germany and the UK) joined forces with Valcon, a leading Danish counterpart (180 professionals in Denmark and Sweden) specialised in strategic operations. The combination of First Consulting and Valcon has a strong track record in helping leading companies in North Western Europe with operational strategy, business transformation (processes, technology and implementation) and digitalisation.
In February 2021, Viqtor Davis joined the group and added a specialised team of over 300 professionals in the Benelux and the UK, as well as Mexico and India (specialised development centres) dedicated on data-driven transformations. Its key offerings include data science, strategy, analytics, governance and reporting.
Using advanced analytics to improve operational decisions is top of mind in any board room. The impact of Covid-19 and the accelerated need this development. The new group is ideally prepared to help leading clients with identifying and implementing real changes through the combination of business consulting, technology and data.
“Viqtor Davis strengthens our data science capabilities with a strong track record of helping leading in the Netherlands and UK with all aspects on data: from data management to advanced data solutions,” said Geert van den Goor, Group Managing Partner and Managing Partner of First Consulting.
“At our clients, we see that data is of growing importance in realising operational challenges, alongside the pillars of processes, people and technology. We are therefore very happy that Viqtor Davis is joining forces with us.”
Michael Hjortlund, Managing Partner of Valcon added: “Our clients demand a trusted advisor that can support them in all aspects of their digital initiatives – and this need has been accelerated by the pandemic. As a group, I would say that we are now a very strong player in the market able to support clients with making their business ready for the future.”
Meanwhile, for Viqtor Davis, the deal injects a layer of management consulting services to its mix. “Clients are increasingly asking for broad support across data- and digital transformation. Effective digital transformation projects are a complex mix of change to the culture, processes and technology, underpinned by data. This merger brings together the best of both worlds,” said Chairman Ivo-Paul Tummers.
“We are excited to support this transformative combination bringing together three complementary firms to create a leading international consulting, data and technology firm with a full service offering.” says Wouter Roduner, Partner at Waterland.