Griffin Global Group

Deal summary

Catalyst advised the shareholders of Griffin Global Group Limited (“Griffin”), the world’s leading specialist in marine, energy services and offshore travel, on the sale of the business to ATPI Ltd. 

Griffin is the global market leader in the provision of specialist travel services to the marine and offshore industries, arranging travel for crews rotating onto merchant ships and oil rigs. The business was founded in 1977 and has 700 staff across 32 strategically-located offices. Customers rely on Griffin to get their crews to their destinations, on time, worldwide. These crew members are often involved in high-value applications, where being a day late would disrupt voyage schedules or obligatory crew rotations with major cost implications. Griffin’s global resources and experience have resulted in long-term customer relationships and strong market share growth.

ATPI is an international travel and events management company which provides services across all key industries and specialising in marine, oil & gas and the professional services sectors. Its acquisition of Griffin will strengthen its marine offering in key international markets specifically.

What difference did we make?

Griffin is a complex business operating in over 22 countries. Our meticulous attention to detail combined with the ability to undertake the careful aggregation, cleansing, vetting and preparation of numbers was key to delivering this transaction. Our ability to undertake this work meant we work we were able to take pressure off the management team allowing them continue to manage the business on a day-to-day basis and ensure that all parties had robust figures to work from that were produced to a very tight timescale. 

The transaction provides a successful exit for Inflexion Private Equity Partners Ltd which invested partnership capital in December 2009.

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What our client said
Catalyst was instrumental in getting the deal done. They have a unique offering in terms of how deep they go into the financial preparation of the business for sale. This approach enables a deal to be done without accountants and was a key driver of value in this process. Griffin is a complex business operating in over 22 countries so the careful aggregation, cleansing, vetting and preparation of numbers was important to take pressure of the management team and ensure that all parties had robust figures to work from, produced in rapid time. Gareth Healy
Inflexion