Richard Holden

Richard Holden
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Richard is a Partner at Catalyst and has been advising entrepreneurs, mid-market corporates and private equity firms on transactions for over 17 years.

Richard is based in our London office and works closely with Andy Currie and Mark Farlow in the Business Services sector. He has a particular focus on professional services, consultancies, support services, facilities management and the business process outsourcing markets.

Recent transactions have included the management buy-out of YSC (2017)YSC (2013)FMP Global, and John Charcol/Towergate Financial, the secondary buy-out of Alcumus and Alcumus's subsequent acquisition of Santia, the minority investment in Efficio and the sales of The Automated Technology Group (ATG) to Wood Group plc, Celerant to Hitachi and Routeco to France's Sonepar. 

Richard graduated in French and German from Cambridge University before qualifying as a chartered accountant at RSM Robson Rhodes and working in their London lead advisory team for eight years. Richard is fluent in French and during his time at Robson Rhodes, he spent a year seconded to a corporate finance boutique in Paris. Richard joined Catalyst in 2006.

He is married and has a young son to keep him busy. He is a keen skier and climber when time permits.


Catalyst advises Piper on investment in Neom Organics

Catalyst has advised Piper on its investment in beauty and wellbeing brand Neom Organics (“Neom”). 

Catalyst advises PCMS Group on its sale to a management buy-out team backed by Inflexion Private Equity

Catalyst has advised PCMS Group, a leading provider of point-of-sale software and services for major retailers, on its sale to a management buy-out team, backed by Inflexion.  

Catalyst advises Caledonia Investments plc on the sale of The Sloane Club

Catalyst has advised Caledonia Investments plc on the sale of The Sloane Club, the private members club located in the heart of Chelsea, London. 

Advisor to Mahindra Comviva on its acquisition of Emagine International

We advised Mahindra Comviva on its acquisition of Emagine International, a leading provider of real-time contextual marketing software.  

Catalyst advises Graphite Capital on £72m buy-out of YSC Consulting

Catalyst, the UK business of Alantra, has advised Graphite Capital on the £72m management buy-out of YSC Consulting.