that these types of long-term relationships allow us to better understand and be more responsive to our clients' needs and better manage their risks. These relationships also lead
to repeat business opportunities and opportunities to expand the scope of the value-added services we provide to existing clients.
We have a successful history of executing and integrating acquisitions.
We believe one of our core competencies is successfully identifying, executing and integrating acquisition opportunities. We have consummated more than 30 mergers
and acquisitions since 1998 that have enabled us to expand our end markets, service offerings and geographic reach. This acquisition activity has provided us with access to new markets at lower risk
and faster speed relative to our entering the markets as a new participant. We have targeted, and we will continue to target, firms that enable us to add backlog, long-term client relationships and
experienced executives who can provide leadership across our company. In addition, we derive our acquisition synergies through "cross selling" the capabilities of our newly acquired companies to our
existing clients and our global capabilities to clients of our newly acquired companies.
following is a brief summary of some of our key mergers and acquisitions since 2000:
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