Catalyst to look at European acquisitions as part of buy-and-build strategy

We’re looking to make new acquisitions in mainland Europe as we continue to grow our specialisms at scale and pace.

Catalyst has announced its intention to make European acquisitions as part of its strategy to become the leading independent consulting firm specialising exclusively in financial services. Further information is available through subscription to mergermarket.

Catalyst received investment from private equity firm Livingbridge in October 2017 in order to accelerate its growth strategy. It subsequently acquired specialist investment management consultancy Knadel and announced the opening of a new nearshore hub in Lithuania. Catalyst was also recently recognised as a 2018 top 50 UK Best Workplace™.

Catalyst is particularly interested in financial services consultancies that will expand its client portfolio, and extend its expertise in business, technology and regulatory transformation. Catalyst primarily serves tier one and two investment banks such as Credit Suisse, Citigroup and Barclays, whilst the acquisition of Knadel strengthened its offering within asset and wealth management, working with the likes of Old Mutual and Kleinwort Benson.

Andrew Middleton, Catalyst CEO, comments:

“We continue to grow strongly in pursuit of our ambition to be the leading independent consulting firm specialising exclusively in financial services. We provide specialism at scale in business, technology and operations, offering a broad range of expertise from an expert team of around 150 people.  Our aim is to continue to grow the scope and scale of our resources and deliver accelerated business, technology, operational and people performance across the full European footprint of our multi-national clients. Through a combination of  acquisitions and organic growth we are looking to increase our headcount to at least 300 people over the next few years.”

Note: This news article was first published by Catalyst prior to the Sionic merger