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.’
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.’
RMJM's UK companies go under