Research

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 keithpickering@catalystcf.co.uk

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research cover Consumer Sector M&A update Autumn 2017

Consumer and retail M&A activity is characterised by investment in the “experience” economy.

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research cover Grocer & Catalyst 2016 Fast 50

The Grocer magazine's list of the 50 fastest-growing privately owned food & drink companies in the UK in 2016 prepared exclusively by Catalyst.

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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 Bakery & Pastry Sector Update

Competition is high for those manufacturers and retailers that can meet consumer preferences, with the major bakery manufacturers that need to access faster-growing niches paying attractive valuations for high quality assets.

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research cover Speciality food ingredients M&A 2015 snapshot

Ingredients acquirers are seeking smaller targets with clear growth opportunities as they re-adjust to the ‘slow and steady’ economic outlook post the crisis recovery.”

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Catalyst advises PCMS Group on its sale to a management buy-out team backed by Inflexion Private Equity

Catalyst has advised PCMS Group, a leading provider of point-of-sale software and services for major retailers, on its sale to a management buy-out team, backed by Inflexion.  

Catalyst advises Caledonia Investments plc on the sale of The Sloane Club

Catalyst has advised Caledonia Investments plc on the sale of The Sloane Club, the private members club located in the heart of Chelsea, London. 

Advisor to Mahindra Comviva on its acquisition of Emagine International

We advised Mahindra Comviva on its acquisition of Emagine International, a leading provider of real-time contextual marketing software.  

Catalyst advises Graphite Capital on £72m buy-out of YSC Consulting

Catalyst, the UK business of Alantra, has advised Graphite Capital on the £72m management buy-out of YSC Consulting. 

Catalyst advises Birmingham-headquartered ITG on its sale to Equistone

Catalyst, the UK business of Alantra, has advised Inspired Thinking Group on its sale to Equistone Partners.