24 October 2013

Sale of Management Consulting Firm for £28m

Corbett Keeling and its partner firm Equiteq LLP are pleased to announce that their client Alpha Financial Markets Consulting has been acquired by the UK Private Equity group, Baird Capital, in a transaction valuing the company at £28m. The deal was completed on 24th October 2013.

Corbett Keeling is a leading UK Corporate Finance boutique with 20 years transaction experience and a member of the world-wide network of M&A advisors, Globalscope. Equiteq is a consulting sector merger and acquisition specialist, providing both growth advisory and M&A transaction services to the global consulting industry.

Nick Kent, former CEO and now vice-Chairman of Alpha said:

“We were very pleased with the support we received from Corbett Keeling and Equiteq. They were very knowledgeable about our industry, helped us build a compelling value case for an investment by Baird, and managed our process very effectively and diligently to achieve an excellent result for all.”

This deal is a good example of the resurgence of Private Equity (PE) interest in consulting firms with a strong growth history. Alpha attracted 8 offers from the PE community and the shareholders chose Baird because of the flexibility of the deal structure, the financial resources they could make available and the support that Baird offered the management team in taking the company to the next stage of growth.

Chris Harper, Managing Director at Baird said:

“I will join the board, but Alpha will remain an independent company and continue its operations as a leading consulting firm to the asset management industry in Europe. Our investment will not change the company’s culture, or high quality focus on its clients, however it will enable it to broaden its services and expand into new markets like the USA. Many thanks to Alpha’s advisors on this transaction, Corbett Keeling and Equiteq, the whole process was as painless as it could be, which is a great testament to the quality of their advice and input.”

For more information and media enquiries, contact

Jim Keeling of Corbett Keeling on +44 (0)20 7626 6266 or visit www.equiteq.com/report to download the Global Consulting M&A Report.

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12 October 2013

Globalscope’s biannual conference in London was a resounding success for all involved

Globalscope's  four day conference brought together over 40 partners from 25 of Globalscope’s 31 member firms, meeting at the Ritz Hotel in Piccadilly, London. In addition, it attracted guests from selected larger British business groups and private equity fund managers, all with cross-border M&A ambitions, at a reception held in the offices of international law firm, Hogan Lovells, London EC1.
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6 June 2013

Purchase by Hörmann International Beteiligungs GmbH of IG Doors Limited

Corbett Keeling and CatCap, both members of the international mergers and acquisitions network Globalscope, are pleased to announce that their client Hörmann International Beteiligungs GmbH, has acquired IG Doors Limited from NVM Private Equity. The deal was completed on 6 June 2013.

The Hörmann Group, a family-owned German manufacturer of residential and industrial doors has acquired IG Doors, a manufacturer of steel and composite external doors for the housebuilding industry, from NVM Private Equity. The acquisition of IG Doors will help Hörmann to strengthen its presence in the UK market and in turn help IG Doors to develop new market opportunities.

IG Doors has been supplying an extensive range of high performance steel and glass reinforced polymer external door sets from its manufacturing facility in Cwmbran, South Wales for over 30 years. The company employs 181 staff and is now one of largest manufacturers of composite door sets in the UK with a strong position in the new-build residential market and an ever increasing presence in social housing development.

For more information and media enquiries, contact:

Simon Keeling on +44 (0)20 7626 6266

Michael Moritz on +49 40 300 836 0, michael.moritz@catcap.de, or visit www.catcap.com

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21 April 2013

New value creation service for integrators in the IT and Telecoms industry

Corbett Keeling and Equiteq are pleased to announce the launch of a new equity growth and realization service for owners of IT and Telecommunications Systems Integration companies who want to grow, raise finance or sell their businesses.

London (PRWEB UK) 21 April 2013

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17 March 2013

Globalscope announces five new members to its M&A network

May 17th, 2013, at the semi-annual Conference in Moscow, the members of Globalscope voted unanimously in favour of admitting five new partner firms to their international network. Globalscope now has 31 partner firms in 24 countries including:

FIRST ATHENS joins the network as Globalscope’s sole member in Greece. An independent boutique corporate finance firm established in 2010, offering advisory services and private equity with experience in the following sectors: logistics, technology, mobile marketing and communications, cosmetics - healthcare, media, food, e-commerce & banking.

PORTOFINO INVESTMENTS is based in Tel Aviv, Israel, and is a mid-market independent investment bank firm founded in 2003. Led by a professional team of eight, Portofino offers buy-side, sell-side and merger advisory services to equity and debt capital markets. The sector base in Israel is particularly focused on technology, media, telecoms, water & agro-tech, and oil and gas.

NEXT CORPORATE joins the network as an additional member for Globalscope in Spain. Based in Barcelona and operating in the Catalan and Spanish mid-market since 1990, Next Corporate has worked on over fifty projects in M&A, equity fundraising, financial restructuring and corporate development, and has expertise in manufacturing, services & distribution, health & pharmaceuticals, leisure & tourism, and technology.

AUGEO VENTURES joins the network as Globalscope’s first member in Poland. Augeo Ventures offers buy-side and sell-side advisory services including fundraising since 2009 and has experience in TMT, construction, engineering, food, retail, financial services, manufacturing, pharmaceuticals and logistics.

SUMMA CAPITAL Oy is a partner-owned investment bank based in Helsinki. Founded in 2003, Summa has 12 professionals providing investment banking services in M&A, divestitures, financing and capital market transactions to its clients which include PE firms, financial institutions, Finnish and international publicly listed and private companies and their owners.

Michael Moritz, the President of Globalscope commented:

“All five new members bring with them expertise in key markets where the network was previously unrepresented. All are top M&A firms in their respective countries and we are delighted that they have chosen to join Globalscope over other networks. Many thanks to the combined effort of the Globalscope recruitment team which has greatly enhanced the success of the Moscow conference.”

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13 March 2013

Exit Strategies Seminar


14 March 2013, Mitre House*, 160 Aldersgate Street,
London EC1A 4DD

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13 February 2013

European Funding Markets

As a valued contact of Corbett Keeling, you may be interested in our latest views on European Funding Markets.

These were set out by our joint chairman, Jim Keeling, and banker Gary Edwards, Head of Growth and Acquisition Finance at Investec, in a recent interview with private equity journal Unquote. To see the interview, please click here.

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7 February 2013

Sale of Aviation Logistics Company

Corbett Keeling is pleased to announce that its client ANA Aviation Services, an aviation logistics company, has been acquired by its management team backed by Lloyds TSB Bank plc. The deal was completed on 7 February 2013.

Corbett Keeling is a corporate finance advisory firm that advises owners on sales of or other exits from businesses, and management teams on buy-outs.

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