Livingbridge invests in Catalyst

Announcing Livingbridge as investors and partners in Catalyst: a landmark event for our firm

I am delighted to announce Livingbridge, one of the UK’s leading mid-market private equity firms, as significant new investors in Catalyst.

This is a landmark moment for our firm, for our clients – and for our market.

Since the financial crisis, there has been a growing need for expert, trusted advisors to help financial institutions navigate change.

We have created long-standing relationships with many of the world’s largest financial institutions and a strong reputation for excellence.  As a result, client demand for our specialist services is significant, driven by far-reaching G20 commitments to making markets safer in the wake of the financial crisis. In particular, our clients are now increasingly requiring ‘specialism at scale’ to tackle large, complex programmes of transformational change.

Livingbridge’s investment will enable us to address the escalating requirements of our sector and to grow our client base, by accelerating our service development, strengthening our infrastructure, and expanding our talent development and acquisition strategy.

We aim, within a relatively short timeframe, to treble our headcount, increase our international presence and pursue several strategic acquisitions, with the firm intention of becoming Europe’s leading specialist financial markets consultancy.

Working with such a respected investor as Livingbridge will enable us to build on the momentum we have already generated and accelerate our growth to establish Catalyst as the unrivalled choice for specialist financial markets consultancy.

Among those joining me on the new Board of Directors is Paul Landsman, Investment Director at Livingbridge. It was good to hear that, in his opinion, “the Catalyst team have been very successful in establishing Catalyst as a premier speciality consultancy for the financial markets. We are delighted to be working with them to help them realise the next stage in their development, both through organic growth and acquisitions.  We have experience of working with high growth consultancy firms and will be looking to bring some of this experience to Catalyst as the business looks to expand its product offering and grow its team.”

You can read coverage of this story in CityAM and see more details at Livingbridge.com, at LivingstonePartners.com and also at OsborneClarke.com

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Notes to Editors

1. Catalyst

Founded in 1994, Catalyst provides regulatory-driven change, organisational improvement and talent development programmes to global financial markets companies. We have worked with more than 70 clients in over 30 financial centres worldwide, including nine out of the world’s top 12 investment banks, and have mentored more than 250 of the most senior figures in financial markets. We are proud to hold the UK’s highest business accolade, The Queen’s Award for Enterprise, in recognition of our global impact.

2. Livingbridge

Livingbridge are an independent, specialist asset management firm of over 80 people in the UK and Australia with over £1bn to invest in fast growing companies over the next five years. Our team have been backing growing businesses together for twenty years, investing anything from £2m to £70m in businesses valued up to £150m. We’ve done it over a hundred times, turning many into household names both at home and abroad. We get growth. We understand the people behind growing companies in consumer markets; healthcare and education; technology, media and telecommunications; financial services and business services, and help them achieve what’s right for them and their business. We invest on behalf of both institutional and retail investors. We are actively investing funds on behalf of Livingbridge 6 LP, Livingbridge Enterprise 2 LP and the two Baronsmead Ventures Trusts. Livingbridge also manage Livingbridge CF UK Micro Cap Fund and Livingbridge CF UK Multi Cap Income Fund.

3. Advisors

  • Livingstone Partners: Alex John, Jeremy Furniss, Nick Manning, Will Evans
  • Eversheds Sutherland: Mark Beardmore, Dan Shilvcock, Charlotte Singh
  • Alvarez & Marsal: Adrian Balcombe, Rachel Copley
  • Osborne Clarke: Mark Spinner, Tom Try, Tim Birt
  • CIL Management Consultants: Alex Marshall, Tom Stevens, Toby Fisher
  • BDO UK LLP: Jamie Austin, Sapna Sandher
  • Stratton HR: Anna Cornwallis
  • Avendris: Mike Robb

Contacts:

– For Catalyst

– For Livingbridge

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