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Catalyst Corporate Finance completes its integration with Alantra and makes further progress towards the creation of a global mid-market advisory business

 Catalyst rebrands as Alantra

Catalyst Corporate Finance, which has offices in London, Birmingham and Nottingham, today announced that it has rebranded as Alantra, with its partners leading Alantra’s UK advisory business. Catalyst announced its merger with Alantra, the global investment banking and asset management firm, in October 2017 with the goal of creating a leading global advisory business in the mid-market.

The merger has created a unique offering to the UK mid-market, covering M&A advisory and public and private equity and debt capital markets on a global, sector focused basis.  Mid-market M&A volumes continue to be very strong and Alantra’s activity during this period places it in the top 5 independent M&A advisers in both Europe and America.

During the last six months, Alantra’s advisory teams have completed over 70 deals for a total value of more than £4.5bn, acting on behalf of private company shareholders, global corporations, private equity funds and other financial institutions, demonstrating the advantage of being able to deliver an integrated full service offering through sector-focused cross border teams.

Andy Currie, Managing Partner, said: “The breadth and quality of the deals that we have completed over the last six months demonstrates why we are tremendously excited about the future as part of Alantra and our ability to deliver a unique advisory service to UK mid-market businesses. A key element of this offering is our fully integrated partnership model which ensures that every Alantra client, whether based in London, the Midlands, New York, Beijing, Madrid or Frankfurt, has access to the very best sector-focused advisory team on a global basis.”

“We are now six months into our merger with Alantra and on a daily basis are seeing the benefits of the combination in how we source and deliver the best solutions for our clients. Changing our name to Alantra is an important step towards our goal of creating one of the world’s leading mid-market advisory firms.”

Illustrative deals completed by Alantra’s advisory teams in the last six months include:

  • Global environment consultancy, SLR Consulting’s investment from Charterhouse Capital Partners (“Charterhouse”), providing an exit for 3i
  • The sale of Chevron Traffic Management to funds advised by Triton, providing an exit for the family office shareholders
  • The creation of a leading European provider of passive fire protection products and solutions via the merger and recapitalisation of svt Group and Rolf Kuhn
  • The acquisition and financing of 5àsec, a world-leading retailer in textile care services
  • The sale of nutraceutical ingredients company NutraGenesis to Innophos, the third company we have sold to the NASDAQ-listed speciality ingredients producer
  • The acquisition of Bask Technology, one of the best-rated US consumer tech support companies, by Nanoheal
  • The $224m sale of Crem International, a world-leading coffee machine manufacturer, to NYSE-listed Welbilt Inc
  • The sale of 5D Robotics, a leader in the development of sensor and positioning technology, to Humatics, a special purpose company funded by US venture capital and industry partners including Airbus and Lockheed Martin
  • The sale of BFC Fahrzeugteile, a leading manufacturer of metal-based clamping profiles for the automotive sealings industry, to Triton Capital to support international growth
  • Mahindra Comviva’s (India) acquisition of Emagine International, a mobile campaign management and customer loyalty software provider based in Australia