Fieldfisher advises global innovation and transformation consultancy PA Consulting on its latest acquisition
European law firm Fieldfisher has advised global innovation and transformation consultancy PA Consulting (PA) on its acquisition of digital service design and engineering agency, We Are Friday (Friday).
The deal, announced on 6 December, is the third UK acquisition by PA in the last 12 months, with Fieldfisher advising PA on all of its UK deals.
Friday joins PA’s world-class innovation team, enhancing its existing expertise in digital service design, modern engineering and digital transformation.
Friday works with leading global organisations, helping them to re-imagine and design their customer experience, improve the technology that powers their organisation and develop the capability to better manage their technology themselves.
Clients include Aetna, Nuffield Health, Jackson Hewitt, TalkTalk and the British Red Cross.
Prior to Friday, Fieldfisher advised PA on its acquisition of Sparkler, a digital customer insight and strategy consultancy, in May 2018 and Nyras Limited, a specialist aviation consultancy, in December 2017.
2018 has been an extremely active and successful year for Fieldfisher's UK corporate team, whose expertise across its London, Manchester and Birmingham offices covers the firm's flagship Technology, Finance, Energy and Natural Resources and Life Sciences sector groups as well as a strong presence in the media sector.
The Fieldfisher team advising PA was led by corporate partner, Carlton Durrant, with support from corporate solicitor David Hill and tax specialists Andrew Loan and Mark Gearing. Lewis Silkin advised the sellers of Friday.
Commenting on the firm's recent work for PA, Carlton Durrant, partner, said:
"We're delighted to have supported long-standing client PA Consulting on these important acquisitions.
"We worked closely with the PA deal team to successfully execute these transactions – a real collaborative approach".
Charles Barrett, Head of Group Legal at PA Consulting, said:
"Carlton, David and the rest of the Fieldfisher team have been excellent in getting these transactions closed.
"They are not just technically good, they are also very good at building a rapport with all involved in the transactions which really helps getting things agreed. ”
PA also recently acquired Essential Design, a Boston-based innovation strategy and product design business.
Fieldfisher is a European law firm with market leading practices in many of the world's most dynamic sectors. We are an exciting, forward-thinking organisation with a particular focus on energy & natural resources, technology, finance & financial services, life sciences and media.
Our network has more than 1,450 people working across 24 offices providing highly commercial advice based on an in-depth understanding of our clients' needs.
We operate across our offices in Amsterdam, Barcelona, Beijing, Belfast, Birmingham, Bologna, Brussels, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Guangzhou, Hamburg, London, Luxembourg, Madrid, Manchester, Milan, Munich, Paris, Rome, Shanghai, Turin, Venice and Silicon Valley.
Fieldfisher is currently Law Firm of the Year - Legal Business Awards 2018.
About PA Consulting
An innovation and transformation consultancy, we believe in the power of ingenuity to build a positive human future in a technology-driven world.
As strategies, technologies and innovation collide, we turn complexity into opportunity.
Our diverse teams of experts combine innovative thinking and breakthrough technologies to progress further, faster. Our clients adapt and transform, and together we achieve enduring results.
We are over 2,600 specialists in consumer, defence and security, energy and utilities, financial services, government, healthcare, life sciences, manufacturing, and transport, travel and logistics. And we operate globally from offices across the Americas, Europe, the Nordics and the Gulf.
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About We Are Friday
Friday is a digital agency.
We work at the core of our clients’ businesses, improving the customer experience where it matters most, and where digital development can deliver the most value.
Clients partner with us to re-imagine and design their customer experience, improve the technology that powers it, and develop the capability to better manage it themselves.
We blend service design, modern engineering and product delivery in agile teams that include our client’s people, to ship digital product in fast, valuable increments, with the modern engineering depth to integrate the things we build into our clients’ core systems and platforms. And the way we deliver creates transformation – it rubs off.