December 9, 2016

Mintz Group Acquires Garda Background Screening Solutions

Mintz Group LLC (“Mintz Group”), a leading global investigations firm, today announced the acquisition of Garda Background Screening Solutions (“Garda Screening”) from Champlain Financial Corporation.

Garda Screening is recognized as the leading and most trusted Canadian provider of background screening solutions.

“We are excited to have the entire Garda Screening staff join the Mintz Group.  Their outstanding team and industry-leading technology will be a vital strategic addition to the company.  They have an extensive track record of delivering high quality work to discerning clients and will enable us to establish a significant presence in the Canadian marketplace,” said Jim Mintz, CEO of Mintz Group.  The transaction will provide Mintz Group with offices in Montreal and Toronto.

“This acquisition broadens our global reach and expands the services we offer our clients.  We are augmenting our existing Global Verify screening practice with the addition of Garda Screening, and we will combine them to form a new division of the Mintz Group.”

“Joining the Mintz Group enables us to offer our clients the benefits of a world-class, global organization,” said Dan Fallows, Executive Director of Garda Screening. “This will help us continue to provide the highest quality services to our clients on a more diverse global platform.”

Stikeman Elliott LLP in Canada and Latham & Watkins LLP in the U.S. advised Mintz Group on the transaction.  Senior debt financing was provided by Abacus Finance Group, LLC and Bank of Montreal.  Garda Screening was advised by HighBank Advisors and Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP.

About Mintz Group:
Mintz Group specializes in clarifying complex business and legal matters by finding and analyzing critical facts that concern its clients — before relationships, during disputes and after frauds.  Leading corporations and their legal, financial and recruiting advisors trust Mintz Group’s results to stand up to scrutiny by judges, juries, the press and the public.  Mintz Group is headquartered in New York City and has offices in Washington, DC; San Francisco, CA; Chicago, IL; Dallas, TX; Miami, FL; London; Hong Kong; Beijing; Nairobi, Kenya; and São Paulo, Brazil.  To dig deeper, please visit

About Garda Background Screening Solutions:
Headquartered in Montreal, Garda Background Screening Solutions has served their market as a preeminent background screening provider in Canada by delivering value conscious, high quality services, coupled with flexible, innovative solutions and fast, accurate results.  They deliver integrated solutions, through highly specialized teams with experience in addressing complex business needs.  For more information, please visit

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