Macquarie Capital’s acquisition of 50% interest in Environmental Monitoring Business Brüel & Kjær


Macquarie Capital, the corporate advisory, capital markets and principal investing arm of Macquarie Group, announced that it is entering into an agreement with Spectris plc (Spectris), a leading supplier of productivity-enhancing instrumentation and controls, to acquire 50 per cent of Spectris’ environmental monitoring business subsidiary EMS B&K.

EMS B&K is a global market leader in continuous environmental monitoring, offering solutions that enable real-time compliance and improve the operational efficiency of companies subject to environmental constraints such as maximum sound, vibration and dust levels. Examples include noise monitoring of airports and wind farms, as well as dust, noise and vibration monitoring of mines and construction sites, particularly in urban areas. EMS B&K’s operations are headquartered in Melbourne, Australia and span Europe, US, Latin America and Asia.

The combination of increased environmental regulation, greater public awareness and urbanisation is creating significant focus on environmental monitoring services for most infrastructure projects as well as operating assets. With improvements in technology, continuous monitoring is now a reliable and cost effective solution that not only enables greater transparency, but also provides valuable data which EMS B&K and its clients use to optimise business operations within their environmental constraints.

The Herbert Smith Freehills corporate team was led by partner Mark Currell (picture), who was supported by senior associate Jacob Kahwaji and solicitor Marcus Berghouse. Partner Damien Bailey led the technology aspects of the transaction with the support of senior associate Kwok Tang and solicitors Danielle McCarthy and George Psaltis.

Involved fees earner: Mark Currell – Herbert Smith Freehills; Jacob Kahwaji – Herbert Smith Freehills; Marcus Berghouse – Herbert Smith Freehills; Damien Bailey – Herbert Smith Freehills; George Psaltis – Herbert Smith Freehills; Kwok Tang – Herbert Smith Freehills; Danielle McCarthy – Herbert Smith Freehills;

Law Firms: Herbert Smith Freehills;

Clients: Macquarie Capital;

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Author: Michael Patrini