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DHV and Royal Haskoning to merge

28 Feb 12 Engineering consultancies DHV and Royal Haskoning have announced their intention to merge.

Bertrand van Ee (left) and Eric Oostwegel will lead the merged company.
Bertrand van Ee (left) and Eric Oostwegel will lead the merged company.

They have calculated that the new company will rank globally in the top 10 of independently owned, non-listed companies and in the top 40 overall.

The intended name of the new company will be Royal Haskoning DHV – a request for continuation of the Royal designation will be submitted.

The headquarters will be in Amersfoort in the Netherlands and the new combination will have a turnover of more than €700m (£592m). In total, 8,000 staff will provide services from more than 100 offices in over 35 countries.

Bertrand van Ee, chairman of DHV and designated chairman of the executive board of the new company said: “We are very excited about the opportunities for our clients and employees. This merger brings together an incredible pool of talent and immediately doubles our reach.”

Erik Oostwegel, chairman of Royal Haskoning and designated vice-chairman of the executive board of the new company said: “The synergy between the two companies is enormous. We have worked together on projects before, but this is a whole new ball game.”

The companies said that merger realises the ambitions of both to be an industry leader backed by a financially sound balance sheet. It accelerates their strategies for international expansion with combined knowledge and geographic bases in Europe, South Africa, Middle East and Asia.  The letter of intent for the merger was signed by both parties yesterday. Signing of the merger agreement is scheduled for mid-summer, after the due diligence and after all approvals have been obtained.

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