Spain's Alantra gets a London foothold through Catalyst merger

 
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Spanish asset management and investment banking firm Alantra will combine with London-based Catalyst in a deal worth £30m, it was confirmed last night.

Global advisory business Catalyst will rebrand to be called Alantra UK and be driven by existing Catalyst partners, 15 of whom are taking a shareholding in the combined group.

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The move, which is subject to the approval of both the FCA and Alantra’s shareholders, extends the Spanish Stock Exchange-listed company’s London footprint. The group said this will allow it greater reach into the financial investor community.

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Santiago Eguidazu, executive chairman at Alantra said: “The UK is the most important M&A market in Europe and, as such, for a number of years we have had the strategic target to strengthen our M&A and debt presence in the country.”

Catalyst has advised on deals such as the sale of Addison Lee to Carlyle and KKR’s £325m buyout of Travelopia from TUI.

Following this transaction, the combined Alantra Group will be present in 21 countries.

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