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Gi Group Holding announces the acquisition of HR tech leader "The Bridge Social", further strengthening its position in Latin America

Milan, Italy (10 January 2023)

Gi Group Holding today announced the 50th acquisition within its 25-year history – being celebrated in 2023 –with the acquisition of The Bridge Social (www.thebridge.social), an HR technology consultancy focused on building and scaling up digital capabilities for multinational businesses. With a strong presence in Latin America, the company counts with offices in Brazil (Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo), USA (Miami), Chile (Santiago de Chile), Mexico (Jalisco), and Colombia (Bogota). The acquisition further highlights the strong growth trajectory for Gi Group Holding, as a leader in the global staffing and recruitment industry through an HR ecosystem that offers a full suite of tailored solutions through seven complementary brands present in more than 30 countries worldwide. Indeed, since 2020 alone, the company has completed 17 strategic acquisitions, most recently in December 2022 with EUpro Holding AG (Switzerland & Lichtenstein), and CVO Recruitment and Simplika in the Baltic region. The addition of The Bridge Social enhances Gi Group Holding’s capabilities and presence in Latin America with high-profile customers as well as a robust base of over 300 thousand qualified, competitive technology, marketing, sales and operations candidates able to impact business challenges. Indeed, just this year, Gi Group Holding has focused on LATAM by acquiring Stato, one of the top outplacement consulting firms in Brazil, Focun Group, the leader in Colombia’s staffing and Business Process Outsourcing industry, and Bruno Matarazzo Y Asociados a renowned Argentinean Outplacement Consulting Firm.

We are thrilled to welcome The Bridge Social to the Gi Group Holding global HR ecosystem. This is a very special step in our company’s 25-year history, which has not only grown organically, but also through strategic acquisitions that have helped us strengthen our capabilities and presence in many regions. Through this latest acquisition, our 50th, we are thrilled to elevate our existing offerings through The Bridge Social’s technology expertise and robust presence in Latin America.

Stefano Colli-Lanzi, Gi Group Holding Founder & CEO

Founded in 2017 in Santiago de Chile, The Bridge Social offers clients a global network of creative, technological, and digital professionals, built on the promise of creating meaningful connections between companies and clients. The acquisition will allow Gi Group Holding to expand not only its regional presence, but also strengthen its offering in the HR technology space. Indeed, The Bridge Social’s cutting-edge technology, combined with Gi Group Holding’s expertise in recruitment and staffing, will provide a unique and comprehensive solution for clients looking to optimize their Technology, Design and Data science professional teams. The Bridge Social offers local and international opportunities, working with leading companies, agencies and start-ups through offerings that include:

  • Digital Recruitment: the company’s proprietary technology, framework and expert digital recruitment teams guarantee an agile and seamless selection process drawing from a database of 300,000+ qualified digital candidates across Software Engineering, UX, Analytics, Cloud, Cybersecurity and more.
  • Executive Search: recruitment and selection of top-level professionals focused in the Digital industry, ranging from Directors to C-Suite executives; to overcome complex business scenarios and truly evolve companies.
  • Staffing Services: full-service global HR management including payroll, contracts, and more.
  • Additionally, offering of a network of key freelancers to source the best digital talent across the Americas

Commenting on the acquisition, Stefano Colli-Lanzi, CEO and Founder of  Gi Group Holding says: 

Joining forces with Gi Group Holding is an exciting opportunity for us to expand our reach into new regions, industry segments and categories. In addition, we plan to further enhance our platform and technology, delivering a state-of-the-art solution to assist companies in securing the best digital talent in the world. We are confident that together, we will be able to provide even more disruptive solutions for our clients and continue to be a leader in the HR technology industry.

Bernardo Carvalho Wertheim, The Bridge Social Founder & CEO

Advisors for Gi Group Holding:

Legal:
LRI – Lautenschlager Romeiro e Iwamizu Advogados
Av. Paulista, 1842 – 22º andar – Torre Norte
São Paulo – SP – 01310-200 – Brasil
www.lrilaw.com.br

Finance and tax:
Rödl & Partner Consultores Ltda
Rua Verbo Divino 1488, 3º Andar Sala 3A
04719-904 São Paulo – SP – Brasil

M&A:
Blackwood Capital Group
5 Welbeck Street.
London W1G 9YQ.
United Kingdom.

Advisors for The Bridge Social:

M&A:
Stark Investment Banking
Rua Fidêncio Ramos, 160
Cj. 706/707, Vila Olímpia
São Paulo-SP

Gi Group Holding people involved in the Acquisition:

Maurizio Uboldi, Head of M&A

Gabriele Cagini, Global M&A Project Manager

Dario dell’Osa, Global Legal Senior Director

Rui Rocheta, Regional Head LATAM, Iberia, Turkey

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