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J.S. Held Expands Global Construction Advisory Practice with the Acquisition of DBSConsult

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January 15, 2020
DBSConsult Agrees to Join J.S. Held
DBSConsult Agrees to Join J.S. Held

This transaction expands J.S. Held’s global Construction Advisory Practice, supporting clients throughout the Middle East, Africa, Europe, and Asia Pacific.


JERICHO, N.Y. – January 15, 2020 – J.S. Held, a global, multi-disciplinary consulting firm, announced today that it has entered into an agreement to acquire DBSConsult, a construction claims and disputes management firm operating out of the United Arab Emirates, delivering services from its offices in both Dubai and Abu Dhabi. This transaction expands J.S. Held’s global Construction Advisory Practice, supporting clients throughout the Middle East, Africa, Europe, and Asia Pacific.

“This is an exciting partnership for us,” said Sean Donohue, Senior Executive Vice President and Global Leader of J.S. Held’s Advisory Services Division. “The addition of the experts at DBSConsult strengthens our global team and aligns with our standards of quality and service on all assignments.”

DBSConsult has extensive construction claims and disputes experience in a wide array of industry sectors and has been involved in the preparation, defense, and settlement of claims and disputes on many of the region’s largest construction projects.

Mark Cohen, Senior Managing Director and J.S. Held’s Construction Advisory Services Global Practice Leader said, “The expertise of the DBSConsult team allows us to offer the local support our clients have requested, with the proven experience needed in complex projects. Bringing this group into J.S. Held is a tremendous benefit for our entire organization.”

DBSConsult will join the J.S. Held team of more than 900 consultants around the world. DBSConsult’s clients will now have access to J.S. Held’s suite of specialized services including property damage assessment; water and fire restoration consulting; surety services; equipment consulting; forensic architecture and engineering; forensic accounting & economics; and environmental, health, and safety services.

“Joining J.S. Held allows us to share our expertise with another client-centric, expertise-focused organization,” said David Brodie-Stedman, Managing Director of DBSConsult. “Our clients will benefit from a new suite of technical services that can better support their needs.”

Mr. Brodie-Stedman will join J.S. Held as a Senior Managing Director and lead the firm’s Construction Advisory business in the Middle East and Asia Pacific. The transaction is expected to close in early Q1 following receipt of applicable approvals.

J.S. Held was founded in 1974 and provides specialized consulting to better address complex construction, environmental, accounting, and economic matters globally. J.S. Held now has over 95 offices across the United States, Canada, Latin America, Europe, and the Middle East.

About J.S. Held LLC

J.S. Held is a global consulting firm with expertise in construction, environmental health & safety, forensic accounting & economics, water & fire restoration, equipment, and forensic architecture & engineering matters.

J.S. Held brings together years of unrivaled technical expertise and unparalleled service to deliver reliable, comprehensive solutions to its clients. J.S. Held is renowned for recruiting and cultivating distinguished experts and being a trusted partner on the world’s most complex construction, environmental, accounting, and economic matters.

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