Private equity firm Lonsdale’s “buy and build” strategy for consultancy sector.
London, Thursday 28 September 2017: P2 Consulting, the leading project and programme management consultancy and Certeco, one of the UK’s largest independent business change consultancies, have today announced they have signed an agreement to merge the two companies.
The deal is backed by Lonsdale Capital Partners, the private equity firm focused on the lower mid-market, which funded a management buy out of P2 in December 2016. The Certeco transaction follows P2’s recent acquisition of FS101, a financial crime consulting firm, and international expansion, and is part of a wider “buy and build” strategy to create a consulting services firm that will challenge the market dominance of established “Top Tier” consultancies.
The objective is to combine P2 and Certeco to increase the range and depth of expertise that can be offered to clients. Both companies’ services are highly complementary and they both have a similar blue chip client base. The combined business will offer new capabilities that span the transformation lifecycle for blue chip organisations engaged in business change. The focus will be on helping organisations deliver their transformation strategy and achieve their desired outcomes. The new company’s capabilities will encompass portfolio and programme assurance, project and programme delivery, business architecture and design, testing and quality assurance, and implementation.
Doug Elliott, Chief Executive Officer of P2 Consulting and the CEO of the newly formed company says: “At P2 Consulting, our very essence is around the lifecycle of clients’ transformation programmes – taking the strategy and focusing on the design and delivery of the programme to help our clients realise their vision. We are very excited about this transaction, as the services P2 and Certeco offer are very complementary. Together, we will be able to provide a broader range of consultancy services to the market, thereby moving us towards our vision of being a real challenger to the big consultancies.”
Augusto Negrillo, Chief Executive Officer of Certeco comments: “The transaction with P2 comes at just the right time in our growth trajectory. We have actively been seeking an investment partner to achieve our strategic ambitions. The deal with P2, backed by Lonsdale, accelerates that plan, as not only will we have the financial backing to support our growth, we are instantly a number of steps further forward towards achieving our goal of being a challenger consultancy to the big four firms.”
Certeco is a UK based business technology change consultancy. Offering specialist consultancy services to large corporates in industries like banking, insurance, public sector, education and media. Certeco has twice been listed in the Sunday Times list of fastest growing private companies. Certeco focuses on bringing certainty to business change programmes. Certeco helps clients with business restructuring, regulation and digital change. Its trade surveillance service also helps financial institutions adhere to regulations like MiFID II. The firm, which counts many of the world’s largest financial services organisations amongst its clients, has a workforce of 200 and annual sales of £20m. www.certeco.co.uk.
About P2 Consulting
P2 Consulting is a market leading Project & Programme Management Company founded in 2013. P2 works in partnership with clients to turn their business ambitions into reality, bringing a unique blend of leading-edge thinking and hands-on delivery. Headquartered in London, P2 works with blue chip clients across sectors ranging from Retail, Financial Services, Engineering and Telecommunications. The company specialises in running major business transformation programmes.
About Lonsdale Capital Partners
Lonsdale Capital Partners is a hands-on private equity firm focused on the smaller end of the UK mid-market. It makes majority investments in market leading businesses across a variety of sectors in the UK and, selectively Europe, with an EBITDA of between £2 – £7 million.
Lonsdale Capital Partners was founded in 2009 by Alan Dargan, Ross Finegan and David Gasparro who combined their experience of the private equity, advisory and asset management sectors. They draw on their significant collective experience of working in large organisations and apply that to the smaller end of the private equity market.