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Philippines’ FirstCarbon Solutions to acquire Michael Brandman Associates

Manila, Philippines (April 18, 2012)—FirstCarbon Solutions, a pioneer and industry leader in environmental and sustainability business solutions, announced plans to acquire Michael Brandman Associates, a privately held company headquartered in California. The strategic convergence will broaden the opportunity for both companies to provide comprehensive, integrated environmental sustainability services to companies and governments worldwide.

Michael Brandman Associates is a comprehensive environmental planning services firm that provides thousands of public agencies and private clients with contract environmental services, including disciplinary specialties such as environmental and sustainability planning, regulatory compliance, natural resource management, cultural resources management, restoration planning and monitoring, air quality and climate change services, and water resource management.

As a member of the ADEC Group, a global enterprise with more than 5,000 employees and operations in North America, Europe, Asia and Australia, FirstCarbon Solutions is the only company to have environmental expertise combined with sustainability software and extensive back office processing capabilities. It can rapidly mobilize to augment or free-up internal resources, allowing organizations to focus on their core activities.

According to executives of the two firms, the merger will provide both current and future clients greater opportunities to reduce costs and risk, optimize resource use, maximize revenue opportunities, and improve operational efficiencies in highly regulated global environments.

“FirstCarbon Solutions combines its extensive sustainability reporting, data and software expertise with Michael Brandman Associates’ comprehensive environmental consulting solutions to provide fully integrated, expanded service offerings to customers , as well to the continually evolving, global market,” said James Donovan, chief executive officer of ADEC Group and FirstCarbon Solutions.

“With access to Michael Brandman Associates’ in-depth environmental expertise as part of the acquisition, organizations will be able to efficiently and cost-effectively collect information required to manage environmental impact, properly calculate and analyze the data, develop and implement appropriate plans, and comply with ever-evolving regulations across a much broader spectrum of environmental areas – all from one fully integrated company,” Donovan explained.

Michael Brandman, Ph.D., president and chief executive officer of Michael Brandman Associates said “The combination of data, software and subject matter expertise is a key factor regarding connecting sustainability, reducing costs and supporting economic development.”

“Michael Brandman Associates and FirstCarbon Solutions share a common belief in the game-changing impact of merging extensive data, software and environmental expertise to provide fully integrated service offerings,” said Brandman.  “We believe the time is now, and our acquisition by FirstCarbon Solutions will significantly accelerate this unique industry innovation as we look at the future.”

“Together, FirstCarbon Solutions and Michael Brandman Associates will continue and continually enhance our responsiveness to our clients while expanding our solutions to meet their needs and the needs of the fast-changing, global market,” Donovan said. “This will be accomplished with a broader and deeper set of cost-effective solutions focused on achieving a balance between sustainability, environmental compliance and profitability attainment.”

Organizations around the globe are integrating a broader range of sustainability practices into their strategies “because they recognize that it’s good for business,” according to Brent Peich, senior analyst at Verdantix, an independent analyst firm focusing on energy, environment, and sustainability.

“FirstCarbon Solutions takes an integrated approach to environmental data management across software, services, and business process practices. Its acquisition of Michael Brandman Associates represents a welcome acknowledgment of the fact that such management extends beyond software and data processing capabilities to include in-the-field technical and regulatory expertise,” Peich said.

About FirstCarbon Solutions
For organizations under pressure to maximize profits and minimize resource use, only FirstCarbon Solutions fully integrates consulting and software with deep expertise in back office data processing  to provide comprehensive energy and sustainability solutions.  FirstCarbon Solutions works with industry and government clients around the world to eliminate the inefficiencies and costs that contribute to excessive resource use—including energy, carbon, water, human and otherwise—across the supply chain and helps tackle the data that drives better decision-making and improved business performance. FirstCarbon Solutions is an ADEC Group company.

About ADEC Group
ADEC Group is a leading provider of customized onshore and offshore outsourcing solutions.  Processing over 30 million transactions each month, ADEC Group has extensive experience in data and document management, business and knowledge process outsourcing, sustainability and energy management, and language learning services. As the pressure on business growth and profitability continues to intensify, ADEC Group works with clients to create and deliver value-added solutions that are proven to reduce costs, increase operational efficiencies, and optimize internal and external resource use.  Trusted by some of the largest companies and governments in the world, privately-held ADEC Group has key delivery centers in the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia, Hong Kong, Singapore, China, and the Philippines.

About Michael Brandman Associates
Michael Brandman Associates is a recognized pioneer in helping clients achieve project objectives while ensuring environmental compliance at the local, state, and federal level.  The firm has prepared over 25,000 environmental documents for more than 8,000 clients. Headquartered in California, Michael Brandman Associates has 30 years’ experience providing cost-effective environmental consulting services in the western United States. With over 65 employees who possess 15 years of experience on average, Michael Brandman Associates has proven expertise in a wide range of disciplines including air, water, noise, California Environmental Quality Act/National Environmental Policy Act (CEQA/NEPA), planning, permitting, and biology and cultural resources. For more information visit