November 4, 2014 – Global leadership advisory firm Allen Austin has acquired Chicago-based Gaines International, an executive search firm that specializes in the architectural design, real estate, construction and engineering sectors. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. The transaction includes offices in Chicago, Detroit, New York and London. Gaines International focuses on the architecture, interiors, planning, engineering, construction and real estate industries. “This transaction is consistent with our growth strategy to expand Allen Austin’s influence by acquiring practices that are aligned with our philosophy of delivering sustained and superior value to our clients and providing a great place to work. Acquiring one of the world’s leading executive search brands in its space significantly benefits Allen Austin’s global clients. For better than 33 years, Gaines International has been a premier provider of senior-level executive search and leadership talent,” said Rob Andrews, CEO of Allen Austin. Allen Austin is a privately owned executive search and consulting firm.