Benchmark International has advised on the transaction between remediation specialist, Ecologia, and environmental and engineering services specialist, RSK.
Founded in 2000, Ecologia provides services in the area of contaminated land consultancy, site investigation and remediation, and specialised support for environmental claims. With headquarters in Sittingbourne and further sites in Stafford, Devon and Bologna, Ecologia employs a workforce of 45.
RSK is an integrated environmental, engineering and technical services consultancy, which has 36 international offices, more than 2,700 employees and an annual turnover of £200m. It is currently investing in the development of new businesses, bolt-on complementary businesses, equipment and capabilities to increase its services and expand internationally.
With Ecologia previously supporting RSK on projects, most recently in Africa and the Dominican Republic, joining forces will enable RSK to strengthen its internal site remediation resources and equipment, grow its remediation capability and expand into new markets. As well, with Ecologia’s base in Italy and extensive international experience, the company also strengthens RSK’s international expansion across Europe.
Ecologia will join RSK’s contracting division under the direction of RSK Divisional Director Claire Knighton but will continue to be led by current Managing Director Giacomo Maini.
Mr Maini said: “Ecologia has an established and growing reputation in the contaminated land industry. We are looking forward to taking the next step with the support of RSK's vast internal network and central resources. Joining forces will enable us to develop our core activities, expand our services and provide new opportunities for our employees.”
RSK chief executive and founder Alan Ryder added: “RSK has already developed a good working relationship with Ecologia. It is a fantastic company that will complement RSK's existing businesses.
I am delighted to welcome Ecologia to the group and look forward to exploring new opportunities for us all."
Ecologia is the sixth acquisition for the rapidly expanding RSK group this financial year and is the latest acquisition under RSK's funding package from Ares Capital Europe and a revolving credit facility provided by NatWest, announced in December 2018.
On behalf of everyone at Benchmark International, we would like to wish both parties every success for the future.
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