Sale of Floriaan to Swiss listed SGS

Business Services
Deal type
Sell your business
January 2019
Countries involved
Benelux / Switzerland


Floriaan is the Dutch leading engineering consultancy in the field of (complex) fire safety and works alongside a wide base of blue chip customers.


The deal will complement SGS’s Environment, Health & Safety businesses and will provide immediate growth opportunities in the field of fire safety in the Netherlands.


Lead team

  • Jan Willem Jonkman

    Jan Willem Jonkman

    Managing Partner Benelux
  • Marleen Vermeer

    Marleen Vermeer

    Partner Benelux

What we did

Capitalmind actively supported Floriaan along the entire sell-side process: marketing materials preparation, screening and selection of the relevant strategic buyers through a competitive process ending with a one-on-one with SGS, management of the due diligence, negotiation of terms and conditions of the deal, etc.

About the deal

Floriaan was founded in 2004 as a part of R2B Inspections (certified inspection body in fire safety). Since 2006, the company has been run and owned by the current Managing Director. The R2B history is highly advantageous since Floriaan is built as accredited inspection body in terms of systems, processes and procedures. Since its launch, Floriaan has grown to become one of the leading firms specializing in fire safety consulting engineering in the Netherlands. With highly educated and specialized employees, Floriaan successfully advises on complex projects for major (international) customers.

SGS is the world’s leading inspection, verification, testing and certification company. The organization has more than 97,000 employees and more than 2,600 offices and laboratories around the world.

The acquisition of Floriaan will complement SGS’s Environment, Health & Safety business and will provide immediate growth opportunities in the field of fire safety in the Netherlands.

Previously Floriaan was already highly active in attractive markets for SGS, such as Industry and Real Estate. Both organizations provide their services in an integral manner in order to provide high quality solutions to customers and build up long-lasting relationships. As a result of these similarities and complementarities, management strongly believes that the combined business will be able to (even) better serve customers.