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A cutting edge new database of European consultancy companies is set to revolutionise the way consulting leaders seek out the target firms that will help them expand their organisations.

Co-Partner David Cheesman, of the M&A business advisory firm Equiteq, says consulting managing directors are amazed how quickly the database and its sophisticated search technology can find suitable companies for merger or acquisition, helping them to cut out big chunks of time and steal a march on their competitors.

David said: "Our database features over 100,000 mid market European firms and covers all the major consultancy sectors. We can provide companies with the desired financial performance, find competitors, or companies that occupy adjacent service and industry spaces. It delivers better valuation information through a detailed analysis of historical M&A data and comparative deals at sub-sector level.

"It's normally labour intensive and can take a long time to find a shortlist of companies. Poor quality company information and M&A valuation data early in the process often leads to missed acquisition opportunities later and a higher risk of deals failing to meet expectations. So, if you are a head of a consulting firm and looking to acquire a niche player to help you expand your services or geographic reach, we can help you select the best potential companies suited to your needs and have initial meetings set up in weeks – rather than months."

Equiteq's M&A database is believed to be the largest single repository of information on the European consultancy industry and David says they are experiencing a large demand for companies in this area.

David continues:

"The European industry is currently experiencing huge growth, where market activity in 2006 exceeded 2005 by 40%. There is a great deal of mergers and acquisition activity taking place as consulting firm owners take advantage of the buoyant market, using it as an opportunity to sell up and achieve a good price for their business.

"Our database means firms interested in expanding and acquiring can swiftly get a detailed insight into potential acquisition targets, and move into the market in double quick time."

Visit Equiteq's website for more information on the consulting industry M&A database or call +44 (0)1252 724264

Equiteq has recently published a unique research report highlighting trends, deal values and where buyers are coming from, including the emergence of private equity as a significant investor in the consulting sector: The European Consulting Mergers and Acquisitions Report 2007


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Equiteq works exclusively in mergers and acquisitions in the European consulting industry. We’re renowned for our depth of expertise in this sector and our unparalleled knowledge of the particular nuances of equity valuation for people businesses like consulting. This leads to high quality profile matching and deal outcomes for buyers and investors. Equiteq Website

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