Richard Holden

Richard Holden
T: +44 (0) 20 7246 0509

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.


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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.  

Catalyst advises ProLabs as Inflexion makes investment

Catalyst has advised ProLabs, a leading independent supplier of compatible optical transceivers, on its investment from Inflexion Private Equity.  

Catalyst appoints new partner to strengthen Consumer sector focus

Catalyst has appointed a new partner, Matthew Wiseman, to strengthen its consumer sector focus in the UK.  

Catalyst wins International Trade Award

Catalyst has won the “International Trade Award” at’s West Midlands Business Masters 2017, which showcases the best businesses in the West Midlands.