WS Atkins PLC

WS Atkins PLC in its acquisition by SNC-Lavalin Group Inc. in a deal worth $3.6 billion


WS Atkins PLC


$3.6 billion


Mergers and Acquisitions

Date Closed

April 2017

Lead Office



On April 20, 2017, SNC-Lavalin Group Inc. (“SNC-Lavalin”) is acquiring WS Atkins PLC (“Atkins”) in a deal worth C$3.6 billion. This is the biggest ever takeover for SNC-Lavalin, pushing it into the top tier of engineering firms worldwide.

SNC-Lavalin is a Montreal-based, fully integrated professional services and project management company and a major player in the ownership of infrastructure. SNC-Lavalin is the largest engineering firm in Canada with offices in over 50 countries and operations in over 160 countries.

Atkins is a British multinational engineering, design, and project management consulting company.

Osler, Hoskin and Harcourt LLP represented Atkins with a team consisting of Clay Horner, Emmanuel Pressman, and Desmond Lee (Corporate).  

Clay  Horner
Key Contact

Clay Horner

Retired Partner

Emmanuel  Pressman

Emmanuel Pressman

Partner, Chair, Corporate

Desmond Lee

Desmond Lee

Partner, Corporate