Our competitive edge is created by deep insight into the industries in which we operate and our knowledge of the trends and activities that affect our clients. In our chosen sectors, we regularly publish reviews of the dynamics and strategic initiatives driving M&A activity, private equity investment and debt capital deployment.

For more information on our research output, please contact Keith Pickering on    +44 (0)20 7246 0500 or

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research cover Consumer Sector M&A Update Autumn 2016

Despite Brexit, we are continuing to see deal volumes for large, lower-risk businesses at 2015 levels. There is still an active M&A market in consumer retail, but it has become a more rational one.

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research cover Consumer Sector Activity

Our sub-sector focus and recent deals

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research cover Consumer Sector M&A Update Autumn 2015

With UK consumer sentiment at its highest level since 2007 and increasing pressure from investors and shareholders, M&A is being driven by acquisitions of differentiated core offerings in key markets and divestments of mediocre offerings in the squeezed middle markets.

research cover Consumer Debt Capital Markets Update - Summer 2014

Some of the recent issues in the sector show that non-bank debt investors can provide greater flexibility than traditional bank debt.

research cover Global Sportswear Sector Report – Spring 2014

Favourable trends continue to drive substantial growth in the global sportswear sector. A highly fragmented market supports broader consolidation, where niche players and iconic brands represent prime acquisition targets for financial sponsors and strategic acquirers.

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Catalyst advises MML Partners on investment in IT managed service provider CSI

Catalyst has advised MML Partners on its £36 million investment in CSI, a leading IT Managed Service provider to the attractive and fast growing UK mid-market. 

Catalyst advises shareholders on the £29m sale of Entanet to CityFibre

Catalyst has advised shareholders on the £29m sale of Entanet to listed communication infrastructure provider CityFibre  

Catalyst advises leading ignition supplier Standard Brands on sale

Catalyst has advised Standard Brands (UK) Ltd, the international ignition supplier that includes the ZIP and Sunny Jim brands, on its sale to the SHS Group. 

Catalyst advises McNicholas as Kier makes investment

Catalyst has advised the shareholders of McNicholas, a leading infrastructure services provider in the UK, on its sale to Kier plc.  

Catalyst advises Palatine on TTC investment

Catalyst has advised Palatine Private Equity on its investment in TTC Group, a leading provider of road user and cycling education courses in the UK.