Welcome to Our Autumn Edition of Upside
Since our last edition, we have experienced a transformative period at Duff & Phelps - one that we believe will greatly enhance our market offering in the UK and internationally.
In February, Permira, the global private equity firm, acquired Duff & Phelps for $1.75 billion. This transaction affirms that Duff & Phelps has built a global and diversified franchise that helps clients protect and enhance their value. As we continue to execute on growth opportunities, we are confident that our clients and employees alike will benefit from this partnership with Permira – a firm with an outstanding track record of providing strategic support, as well as sector expertise, to its funds’ portfolio investments.
You are probably familiar with Kroll, a global leader in risk mitigation, investigations, compliance, cyber resilience, security and incident response solutions.
In the first half of this year, Kroll became part of the Duff & Phelps family, an acquisition that was completed in May. The combined organization now has nearly 3,500 employees located in 28 countries around the world, greatly extending our market reach and capabilities.
Additionally, in June we announced the formation of a new business unit: the Governance, Risk, Investigations and Disputes practice.
This new operation will combine our expertise in disputes and investigations with Kroll’s extensive investigations, cyber security, due diligence and compliance skills. This is an important new development for our clients, who are increasingly looking for solutions to address governance, risk and related challenges at a global level, with technical expertise and unquestioned independence and integrity.
This new business unit will work in tandem with our existing professionals in Valuation Advisory and Corporate Finance, to help our clients make informed decisions.
We are also expanding our footprint in the UK and in Ireland. The recent opening of our new Dublin office located in the heart of the city at St. Stephen’s Green provides capacity to increase headcount, and we are actively looking for financial services professionals in areas such as Valuation Advisory, Restructuring Advisory, Compliance and Regulatory Consulting, and Real Estate Advisory Services.
Our team in the UK is growing with the addition of a number of new faces from Eddisons. Joining our Manchester practice are Paul Greenhalgh, David Cran, Phil Kelly, Tom Parker and Chris Holt, and joining our London practice is James Liddiment. This new team will focus on bank led valuation work. Please join us in welcoming them to the Duff & Phelps team.
Additionally, we welcome Eddie Bines, who recently joined as a director in our London office. Eddie brings a wealth of corporate restructuring and advisory experience. He specializes in working alongside clients to deliver corporate structure simplification ranging from large scale global entity rationalization projects to managed wind down situations, one-off liquidations and solvent reconstructions. Welcome, Eddie.
We congratulate Sebastien Johnson on passing his final ACCA professional exams. Sebastien placed 1st in his Advanced Financial Management exam and 3rd overall for his combined exams score over the professional modules, globally. Well done on an outstanding achievement.
Over the past eight months, the Duff & Phelps Restructuring Advisory team has been working hard to identify issues that may be affecting your business. In this edition of Upside, we hope to share that information and provide insights into the recent work we’ve done for our clients.