Alexander Mann Solutions Agrees Sale to OMERS Private Equity for GBP820m

OMERS Private Equity, the private equity investment arm of OMERS, the defined benefit pension plan for municipal employees in the Province of Ontario, Canada, has entered into an agreement with New Mountain Capital to acquire Alexander Mann Solutions (the “Company”), one of the world’s leading providers of talent acquisition and management services for an enterprise value of GBP820m (USD 1.1bn). The Alexander Mann Solutions management team is also participating in the buy-out.

Alexander Mann Solutions, headquartered in London, has been at the forefront of outsourced talent acquisition solutions since Founder and Chief Executive Officer Rosaleen Blair pioneered the recruitment outsourcing industry in 1996. Today, Alexander Mann Solutions is a leading global provider of talent acquisition and management solutions delivering value to clients through a portfolio of outsourcing and consulting services. The business helps clients, typically large international businesses, to recruit and retain talent through multi-year contracts.

OMERS will support the Alexander Mann Solutions management team and employees in deepening and expanding its sectorial and geographic focus, and invest in technology to further develop Alexander Mann Solutions’ value proposition for both new and prospective clients. OMERS will also support Alexander Mann Solutions in driving consolidation in what remains a large but fragmented market.

The proposed transaction remains subject to several conditions including customary approvals by the antitrust authorities and is expected to close in the second quarter of 2018.

Martin le Huray, Co-head of OMERS Private Equity in Europe, said: “We are excited to work alongside Rosaleen and the entire Alexander Mann Solutions team to continue building on what is already an impressive culture, platform and strategy. Alexander Mann Solutions is a trusted partner to global, market-leading brands in the critical area of talent management. We look forward to supporting Rosaleen and the team in extending Alexander Mann Solutions’ capabilities in the future, both organically and through acquisition.

Rosaleen Blair, CEO of Alexander Mann Solutions said: “I would like to thank the team at New Mountain Capital. Under their ownership Alexander Mann Solutions has cemented its position as a global leader in the talent acquisition market place and significantly enhanced its capabilities in North America. We are now in an era when the best businesses in the world recognise that people and culture are the new battlegrounds for organisations seeking competitive advantage.

“With OMERS support we can strengthen our global total workforce proposition and critically, accelerate our digital transformation and investment in robotics and AI, creating an even more compelling proposition for our customers around the world.

“OMERS’ partnership approach, its substantial and unconstrained capital base and its experience of supporting businesses organically and through acquisition make it an ideal partner for Alexander Mann Solutions in this next stage of our journey.”

Mat Lori, Managing Director of New Mountain Capital, said: “Under New Mountain Capital’s ownership Alexander Mann Solutions has flourished into a world-class organisation. We wish Rosaleen Blair and the management team continued success as the business enters the next phase of growth.”

Editor’s notes

About Alexander Mann Solutions

Alexander Mann Solutions delivers services to over 100 clients across seven industry sectors in over 85 countries.

It has a unique Total Workforce approach encompassing clients’ permanent, contingent and internal mobility requirements. In many cases Alexander Mann Solutions’ teams are embedded within client organisations, a model which delivers exceptional outcomes and a measureable return on investment. Alexander Mann Solutions benefits from long term contractual relationships and enjoys a 98 per cent retention rate with its blue-chip clients.

About OMERS P and OMERS Private Equity

Founded in 1962, OMERS is one of Canada’s largest defined benefit pension plans, with more than $95 billion in net assets, as at December 31, 2017. OMERS invests and administers pensions for more than 482,000 members through originating and managing a diversified portfolio of investments in public markets, private equity, infrastructure and real estate. —

OMERS has $10.8 billion of capital invested in private equity assets as at December 31, 2017. OMERS Private Equity, the private equity investment arm of OMERS with a team of investment professionals in London, New York, Singapore and Toronto, seeks to use its significant and differentiated capital base to partner with management teams of industry leading business. F

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