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Anthesis Group Joins Forces with Spanish Sustainability Leader Lavola

February 18, 2019 | News,
Toni Mansilla, Stuart McLachlan, Pere Pous under Lavola logo

Collective offering forms sustainability powerhouse of more than 450 experts across 14 countries

Anthesis Group, the global sustainability services and solutions provider, today announced a merger with the 200-employee multi-disciplinary sustainability agency Lavola. An important step in Anthesis Group’s strategy to increase its global footprint, the agreement introduces Anthesis Group into Spain, Andorra and Colombia, while providing Lavola with the opportunities and outreach associated with being part of Anthesis’s international network.

Headquartered in Barcelona and established in 1981 by Founder and President Pere Pous, Lavola is one of the largest independent sustainability agencies in Spain, delivering more than 1,000 projects for its 400+ public and private sector clients, including top multinational corporations and regional bodies. The consultancy offers a wide range of services focused on social responsibility, climate change, efficient energy use, urban and regional sustainable development, communication and education for sustainability. All Lavola’s 200 sustainability experts based in Barcelona, Madrid, Manlleu, Bogota and Andorra will join Anthesis Group, with the combined business operating as one consultancy. Aligned to Anthesis Group’s position as a trusted advisor and delivery partner, Lavola also supports its clients with a blend of consultation and sustainability-focused software tools.

“Anthesis is well set to become the world’s leading sustainability specialist and this is clearly an important milestone on the Anthesis journey.”

As the third M&A announcement for Anthesis this year, succeeding the acquisition of GoodBrand and the MADE-BY assets, this announcement further supports Anthesis Group’s strong growth ambitions for the next phase of its development. Having now grown to more than 450 experts across 14 countries in five years and continuing to achieve annual organic sales growth in excess of 25 per cent, 2019 ambitions will see the company integrate more industry talent, expand their services and geographic reach.

Commenting on the merger, Stuart McLachlan, Anthesis Group’s CEO said, “Anthesis is well set to become the world’s leading sustainability specialist and this is clearly an important milestone on the Anthesis journey. We are excited to have found Lavola, a firm that reflects so many of the values and specialisms of Anthesis, based in a market that is increasingly progressive and important in Europe and South America. We see many opportunities to travel Lavola’s expertise to our clients and markets around the world, and to further strengthen their position in their domestic and international markets. We are delighted that Lavola have chosen to join us and we are thrilled to welcome our new colleagues to the Anthesis Group.”

Pere Pous, Founder and President of Lavola added “Through this merger Lavola strengthens its portfolio of services while also being able to respond to international projects with greater magnitude. The combined group will provide clients with heightened expertise, tools, methodologies, knowledge and innovation, while enabling Lavola to access an international market. Our colleagues will also benefit from the merger with the new career opportunities available to them through access to global projects.”

This is the 13th acquisition for Anthesis Group since it was established in 2013. Other acquisitions included Best Foot Forward, UMR GmbH, Caleb Management Services, SecondNature, M4C, LRS Consultancy (who also acquired Urban Mines), TEP ME, Mosaic Sustainability, Enveco SE, Sustain, MADE-BY (IP assets acquisition), and GoodBrand.

Financial terms of the deal were not announced.

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