Keith Pickering

Keith Pickering
T: +44 (0) 20 7246 0500
T: +44 (0) 115 957 8233

Keith has been leading transactions for clients for over 20 years, the last 16 at Catalyst.

He predominantly works with private company owners and management teams on company sales and private equity transactions.

Notable deals include the sale of Steelite International to US-based PNC Riverarch Capital and the management buy-outs of Synseal Extrusions,  NRS Healthcare and the sales of Electric Center, Williams Medical Supplies and Jackson Building Centres. Keith leads the Construction sector team at Catalyst and internationally for Mergers Alliance, Catalyst’s international partnership organisation. He regularly writes for the sector's leading publications including BMJ. Keith is also a member of Catalyst’s international Industrials sector team.

Additionally, Keith is Chairman of Mergers Alliance and in this role works closely with our international partners to further develop the seamless cross-border service delivered to our clients.

A Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of England and Wales, Keith spent his pre Catalyst years at the successor firms of PwC and Deloitte, including a three year period in the Far East, operating out of Hong Kong.

Married with two daughters, when not supporting their hockey exploits from the side lines, he enjoys a round of golf and 'endures' being a Notts County supporter.

Outside of Catalyst, he is a Non-Executive director of a listed Venture Capital Trust, a member of the East Midlands Bank of England Advisory Committee and, until recently, a Governor at Trent College, a leading independent school in the East Midlands. 

A surprise result in May

I ended my Q1 Construction sector M&A review by saying we were likely to be entering a period of political stalemate 

Construction sector M&A update

My initial reflection on M&A activity in the construction sector during the first quarter of 2015 was one of mild disappointment... 

A butterfly flaps its wings...

In recent weeks I have been reminded yet again that all businesses, no matter how large or small, are playing on a globa… 

A positively straightforward 6 months - well almost

Having finished the first draft of the skeleton of my regular six monthly review of the Construction sector, and exhaust… 

Raising the stakes - how to avoid the pitfalls of selling to a competitor

Maximising value when selling a business can often mean selling to one of your customers or competitors as they are ofte… 

Catalyst hosts Q&A with West Midlands mayoral candidate Andy Street

Catalyst has hosted a Q&A with West Midland’s mayoral candidate Andy Street, at its Birmingham Office.  

Catalyst has advised the shareholders of UK Heating Group, including Encore Capital, on the sale to Irsap Group

Catalyst Corporate Finance has advised the shareholders of UK Heating Group, including Encore Capital, on the sale to Irsap Group. 

Catalyst advises the shareholders of Thompson & Morgan on the sale to BVG Group

Catalyst has advised the shareholders of Thompson & Morgan Group Holdings, including Primary Capital, on the sale to BVG Group 

Catalyst advises Phoenix Equity Partners on its investment in Global Freight Solutions

Catalyst has advised Phoenix Equity Partners on its investment in Global Freight Solutions (Holdings) Ltd (GFS) alongside the current management team, led by CEO Neil Cotty. 

Catalyst appoints two new principals

Catalyst Corporate Finance has expanded its dealmaking team with the recruitment of Alex Silk and Shannon Cox who join the firm as Principals. 
“By placing Partners and Directors at the front line of a deal, our clients get advice directly from our most experienced people. Our clients do not pay for inexperienced people to be trained on the job.”