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RMJM's UK companies go under

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RMJM has placed its three UK divisions into receivership

It was announced today that KPMG has been appointed as receivers of RMJM Ltd, RMJM London Ltd and RMJM Scotland Ltd with the ‘contracts in these companies acquired by the new RMJM European Division’.

This new arm sits alongside RMJM Middle East, RMJM US and RMJM Asia as part of the wider RMJM Group.

The move, branded as a ‘restructuring’ by the struggling AJ100 practice, was claimed not to affect the Group’s operations in the US, Far East and Middle Eastern businesses or activities of the RMJM Group. The directors insisted that ‘all 120 UK jobs have been secured as a result of the restructuring’.

Group chief executive Peter Morrison (pictured) said: ‘The RMJM team around the world has shown tremendous resilience and loyalty in extremely challenging circumstances over the last number of years.

‘The financial issues the business has faced are a direct impact of a brutal global recession and the well-documented impact of this on the UK construction market.

‘This restructuring is designed to support the clients, projects and the staff of RMJM’s business in the UK.’

Earlier this week it was reported that bailiffs had been to RMJM’s Paul Street London office in a bid to recover a debt of £55,649 owed to German acoustic specialists Müller-BBM for work on the controversial Gazprom project in St Petersburg.

A spokesman for the Munich-based company told the AJ that RMJM had ‘refused an out-of-court settlement suggested by Müller-BBM’.

It is understood the practice has now set up a new London office, across the capital in Westbourne House, Notting Hill.

Last month in an interview with American business magazine Forbes, Morrison said his overall goal for RMJM was ‘success, at all costs’. He added: ‘We have sacrificed much, invested heavily, and we now find ourselves in a strong position post-recession with a global platform poised to support clients in all corners of the Earth.’

KPMG statement

Immediately following their appointment, the receivers completed a sale of the business and assets of each company to RMJM Architecture Limited. Under the terms of the transaction, all 120 employees of the companies transferred to the purchaser.

Commenting on the sales, Blair Nimmo, head of KPMG Restructuring in Scotland, said ‘The companies’ businesses have been very severely impacted by the slowdown in the construction industry as a result of the worldwide recession. 

‘The sale of the businesses to RMJM Architecture will help facilitate continuation of the companies’ current contracts, preserve the employment of some 120 people and achieve the maximum return for the companies’ creditors.’

 

 

 

 

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  • I wonder what the 120 employees think, and whether the reported removal of computers from the London office by bailiffs has affected their work?

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  • I'm sure it's affected their work - it would be impossible not to. But, the net-net of the situation is that RMJM took the appropriate actions necessary to save their jobs:

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-scotland-business-20094178

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  • what happened to the creditirs ?

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  • Ask HMRC ... ?

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  • So Justin, would that be same if you set fire to your house and took your family outside, would you have saved their lives?!

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  • And spare a thought for the pensioners who have lost out as a consequence of rmjms failure to maintain contributions at the correct level! Phil Cowen

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