We are advising Relo Group on the business combination of BGRS with SIRVA

Davis Polk is advising Relo Group, Inc. on the business combination of BGRS Group with SIRVA Group into a combined entity to be initially named SIRVA-BGRS Holdings, Inc. The BGRS Group, which is wholly owned by Relo Group, will be transferred to the SIRVA Group in exchange for preferred stock representing an approximately 23% stake in SIRVA-BGRS. The transaction is expected to close within the next 90 days subject to customary closing conditions.

Relo Group is the first company in Japan to commercialize relocation services and provides comprehensive support for corporate housing, fringe benefit services and support for the global expansion of Japanese companies. BGRS develops and implements comprehensive talent mobility solutions for corporate and government clients worldwide, with more than 1,300 people across six continents and service coverage in 185 countries. SIRVA is a global leader in moving and relocation services, offering solutions for mobility programs to companies of every size, with 59 owned locations and more than 1,000 franchised and agent locations servicing 177 countries. SIRVA is owned by funds managed by Madison Dearborn Partners, LLC.

The Davis Polk corporate team includes partner Ken Lebrun and associate Paul Lee. The tax team includes partner Michael Mollerus and associate Benjamin Helfgott. Partner Kyoko Takahashi Lin and Kerri Thompson are providing executive compensation advice. Partner Paul D. Marquardt is providing CFIUS and international trade advice. Partner Ronan P. Harty and counsel Suzanne Munck af Rosenschold are providing HSR advice. Partner Frank J. Azzopardi is providing intellectual property advice. Members of the Davis Polk team are based in the Tokyo, New York and Washington DC offices.