Private Equity and M&A

OC&C are experts in providing commercial advice, delivering value for investors across the globe. We work with private equity (across a range of fund sizes), other asset class investors and corporate acquirers, helping them on acquisitions, portfolio support and exits. Sector expertise is at the heart of what we do, with our teams constructed around relevant topic experts to provide global topic expertise combined with local insights. Proof that this is a compelling proposition is demonstrated by the rapid growth of our private equity practice across all our industries and geographies,

Acquisition scan

We know our stuff, and can leverage sector insights and deep transaction experience to help investors to answer the question “what should I buy?” We work with clients to prospect across industries where we have sector experience, help to develop an investment case, and assess target attractiveness and outside-in synergy evaluation.

Buy-Side Due Diligence

Assessing a business’s commercial performance and future potential is a core part of our offering. We develop a comprehensive and fact-based outside-in perspective, using secondary and primary research, including industry expert and customer interviews. We have developed bespoke analytical methods and tools to help to mine large datasets for unique commercial insights in the rapid timelines required for due diligence.  Where possible, we work with target management and other advisors to build a detailed view of the target’s performance and opportunities for driving future profits.

Synergy Evaluation

We have extensive experience in synergy evaluation for target assets and existing portfolios. We have undertaken numerous “black-box” exercises as well as detailed work in revenue-optimization and cost-optimization projects for clients. 

Value Creation Plans

Investors need returns, and the early days of ownership are crucial for successfully implementing plans for driving growth, profit and value. We work with investors and management teams, helping to identify, prioritize and action performance improvement opportunities. We also assist corporates with the post-merger integration of targets into existing assets.

We help our clients with acceleration or turnaround strategies, provide support for re-capitalizations, and drive performance in business mid-ownership.

Exit Planning & Sell-Side Due Diligence

Finally, we assist with the exit strategy – preparing a business for sale through developing and testing a growth plan and rehearsing the narrative. We consider the likely buyer profile, optimal timing, testing of crucial future growth drivers and anticipating the concerns and interest areas of prospective buyers. We assist vendors with developing sell-side commercial due diligence (CVDD) to support vendors in realizing their assets’ maximum potential value.

We help investors to realize maximum value from their assets using rigorous analysis and sector expertise across the investment lifecycle

Our Thinking

Monday, January 22, 2024

Private Equity & Transactions 2023

A summary of 2023 Private Equity & Transactions activity by sector.

Thursday, February 16, 2023

Private Equity & Transactions 2022

A summary of 2022 Private Equity & Transactions activity by sector.

Tuesday, November 8, 2022

Sound Investing

Music is roaring back as an asset class. In our latest insight we explore the value chain and industry structure, identify key trends shaping the market and unpick investment opportunity areas.

Tuesday, November 8, 2022

The forecourt of the future

Electric vehicle (EV) adoption across Europe is unstoppable. For fuel station forecourts this presents great change and opportunity in equal measure. In our latest report, we look at how the race to net zero is impacting the evolution of EV ownership, the future of charging and what consumers care about most, alongside its impact on forecourts. We also consider how forecourts can approach their strategy to futureproof business models and embrace the opportunities that lay ahead.

Thursday, February 17, 2022

Private Equity & Transactions 2021

2021 was a record year for transactions globally – as activity remained exceptionally strong despite the ongoing challenges of the COVID pandemic, global supply chain issues and the challenges of rising inflation and energy prices during the year.

Wednesday, January 19, 2022

Trading Places

Just fifteen years ago, the biggest threat to traditional commerce was the internet. Brands that were quick to launch transactional websites (and later apps) emerged as victors. Now those same brands face losing out to the emerging dominance of online marketplaces – the disruptor has become the disrupted.

Tuesday, February 16, 2021

Private Equity & Transactions 2020

While 2020 was a turbulent year for the world, private equity activity remained very resilient – with the strong slowdown in activity in Q2 as the COVID pandemic hit followed by an equally strong step-up in activity in the second half of the year

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

It's the uncertainty not the hardship that's so difficult

It's hard to find the right hyperbole to describe these extraordinary times that we find ourselves in. Today more than a quarter of the world's population are operating under lockdown with this number continuing to escalate rapidly

Monday, December 3, 2018

Vertical software

Many of the best vertical software businesses make money with a well-established playbook: pick leading market positions and must-have products, drive pricing, up-sell and cross-sell; make the right bolt-on acquisitions to fill out the vertical

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Are you up to speed with Due Diligence 2.0?

In an environment of high deal valuations and plentiful dry powder, investors need to work harder than ever to track down the best assets and set themselves up to make a strong investment

Monday, January 9, 2012

Marrying the dragon

In recent years, China has played a greater and greater role in the cross-border merger and acquisition market. Outbound M&A activities have been accelerating since 2008. By 2011, the value of outbound M&A transactions has exceeded that of inbound by 70%

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