SNC Lavalin to acquire UK-based engineering firm Kentz Corp. Ltd.

$2.1 billion deal with increase SNC Lavalin's presence in the oil and gas sector.

MONTREAL — SNC-Lavalin Group Inc. says it’s acquiring UK-based Kentz Corp. Ltd., a global engineering firm that provides services to the oil and gas sector and operates in 36 countries.

The $2.1-billion acquisition comes after Montreal-based SNC Lavalin has had to deal with allegations of corruption in recent years.

It’s the first big acquisition for new SNC-Lavalin CEO Robert Card, who was hired after the Montreal engineering firm disclosed in 2012 that $56 million in questionable payments had been made or approved by some senior executives.

The acquisition will increase SNC-Lavalin’s presence in the oil and gas sector.

The deal is expected to close later this year.

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