Richard Holden

Richard Holden
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Richard is a Partner at Catalyst and has been advising entrepreneurs, mid-market corporates and private equity firms on transactions for over 17 years.

Richard is based in our London office and works closely with Andy Currie and Mark Farlow in the Business Services sector. He has a particular focus on professional services, consultancies, support services, facilities management and the business process outsourcing markets.

Recent transactions have included the management buy-outs of FMP GlobalYSC and John Charcol/Towergate Financial, the secondary buy-out of Alcumus and Alcumus's subsequent acquisition of Santia, the minority investment in Efficio and the sales of The Automated Technology Group (ATG) to Wood Group plc, Celerant to Hitachi and Routeco to France's Sonepar. 

Richard graduated in French and German from Cambridge University before qualifying as a chartered accountant at RSM Robson Rhodes and working in their London lead advisory team for eight years. Richard is fluent in French and during his time at Robson Rhodes, he spent a year seconded to a corporate finance boutique in Paris. Richard joined Catalyst in 2006.

He is married and has a young son to keep him busy. He is a keen skier and climber when time permits.


Catalyst advises Rutland Partners on its investment in Armitage Pet Care

Catalyst has advised Rutland Partners on its acquisition of Armitage Pet Care, the largest independent manufacturer and supplier of premium branded pet treats and accessories in the UK. 

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

Catalyst has advised MML Partners on its £36m investment in CSI, a leading IT Managed Service provider to the 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.