August 2, 2018

Manchester, MC2

MC2 named as top 20 global M&A adviser

MC2, one of the UK’s largest independent marketing agencies, has been ranked in the top 20 most active PR advisers on M&A globally in the first half of 2018.

Figures from data provider Mergermarket reveal that the Manchester-based consultancy was the only Northern-headquartered business in the top 20 for global M&A over the period, providing strategic communications advice on 19 transactions worth more than $1bn.

MC2 works with some of the most active players within private equity and corporate finance including Deloitte, GCA Altium, Equistone Partners Europe, Palatine Private Equity, NorthEdge Capital and Zeus Capital.

Since the business was established in 1999, MC2’s corporate advisory team has provided strategic advice to clients on M&A, private equity buyouts, Initial Public Offerings (IPOs) and corporate restructurings.

Last month, MC2 advised on the sale of Travel Counsellors, the provider of bespoke travel services by Equistone Partners Europe to Vitruvian Partners in a deal reportedly worth £250m.

Other deals include NorthEdge Capital’s investment in transformation and infrastructure specialist Cloud Technology Solutions, Palatine’s exit of affordable housebuilder Westleigh Partnerships for £135m, and the sale of disruptive wound care business Crawford Healthcare to US-based Acelity.

Mike Perls, CEO at MC2, said: “Having worked with the biggest names in private equity and corporate finance over the past 20 years, we thrive on supporting disruptive businesses as they look to unlock growth. We have focused our attention on high growth private equity backed companies, many of whom have attracted investment from trade or secondary buyers both at home and overseas.

“It has been a pleasure to work alongside the likes of Crawford Healthcare and Travel Counsellors who are experiencing exponential growth on a global scale. Both are examples of innovative companies with an entrepreneurial spirit, who have successfully scaled with the support of expert financial backing. We have a strong pipeline of deals for the remainder of the year, so.”