Deloitte expands with Curach acquisition

14 Dec 2010

Business advisory firm Deloitte has acquired Irish consultancy Curach Consulting for an undisclosed sum. The move will expand Deloitte’s 300-strong workforce with an additional 70 professionals.

Curach Consulting, which has an annual turnover of €7m, provides business advisory, delivery and diagnostic services to a range of significant blue-chip clients across a number of sectors, particularly the financial services, technology and public sectors.

The deal will see Curach’s entire workforce of 70 join Deloitte Ireland’s 300 strong consulting and advisory practice. David Dalton, the managing director of Curach, will join Deloitte as a partner.

Dalton has more than 25 years of consulting experience, including 15 years in Accenture where he led the strategy consulting practice.

Dalton joined Curach Consulting in 2005, bringing extensive financial and banking consultancy expertise. Bruce Curtis, head of IT consulting at Curach, will join Deloitte as director of technology integration services.

Core areas of expertise at Curach include customer/channel management, IT, Oracle, programme and project management. The combination with Deloitte will lead to one of the largest teams of consultants and IT professionals focused on the Irish and financial services marketplace.

“In the current business environment, many Irish businesses are looking to reduce costs and position themselves for growth,” Pat Cullen, managing partner, Deloitte, said.

“With general market moves towards IT outsourcing, corporate restructurings and M&A activity, we see increasing demand for our expert advisory services. We are delighted to welcome the Curach team into our consulting practice. The quality, experience and specialist skills they bring complement our existing expertise in this area,” Cullen said.

Curach focuses on areas like IT strategy and architecture, business intelligence and performance management, as well as project management and channel management.

In September, Deloitte announced it was creating up to 200 new jobs over the next 12 months, including 30 new positions for technology consultants.

John Kennedy is a journalist who served as editor of Silicon Republic for 17 years