Chris Bates

Chris Bates
T: +44 (0) 20 7246 0523
E: chrisbates@catalystcf.co.uk

Chris is an Executive at Catalyst and has six years’ experience in M&A and transaction services.

He works alongside our Partners and Directors to deliver all types of deals including company acquisitions and disposals, management buy-outs (MBOs), fund raisings and strategic reviews, acting for business owners, management teams, corporates and private equity.

Recent deals include advising ConSol Partners on an investment in the business by Empresaria.

Chris graduated from Nottingham University with a First Class Honours Degree in Politics and American Studies. He qualified as a chartered accountant at PwC where he was a senior associate in Transaction Services. He is also an Ambassador for the Prince’s Trust and Young Enterprise.

Outside of work Chris is an avid reader, a keen rugby player, football supporter and is a season ticket holder at Chelsea FC.

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