London – Leading global independent professional services firm, Alvarez & Marsal (A&M), has been named ‘Specialist Adviser of the Year’ at The Private Equity Awards 2015. The award was presented to the firm based on its exemplary work in the private equity sector throughout 2014, and specifically its work with Endless LLP to complete their first public to private deal with the acquisition of office2office plc (O2O), a listed business supplies and services group.
The award recognizes A&M’s exceptional financial and operational due diligence work led by senior multidisciplinary teams with high levels of specific sector experience. The A&M teams developed innovative logistics, IT, infrastructure, procurement and human resources insights that helped enable the successful merger of Endless and O2O. A vital component of A&M’s work was successfully executing an extremely complex integration without causing interruptions to the client’s daily operations.
The awards, now in their fourteenth year, celebrate the PE industry’s contributions to the success of European businesses. Real Dealeditors shortlisted award entrants and a judging panel of leading industry practitioners selected the winners.
Mathew Deering, Investment Director, Endless, said “This award highlights why we selected A&M to handle this project – they provided a team with strong experience of major business integration projects, specific knowledge of the business supplies/distribution sectors, as well as hands on operational experience in running businesses. Their work in providing a clear and detailed assessment of the synergies involved in the merger gave us excellent support for building a strong investment case for the combination, a foundation for us to track and monitor delivery, as well as establishing a post-merger governance structure and reporting framework.”
Shepard (Colie) Spink, Managing Director and co-lead of A&M’s European Private Equity Performance Improvement practice, said “It is extremely gratifying to be recognised by our peers in the private equity industry as ‘Specialist Adviser of the Year’. This award acknowledges the strength of our approach and team and our ability to leverage our operational expertise to the benefit and in support of the private equity sector.”
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