Liberty advises management of YSC Consulting on their Management Buyout by Graphite Capital
Headquartered in London, YSC Consulting operates from 17 offices in Europe, North America, South Africa and Asia-Pacific. It has built a large and diverse blue-chip customer base of more than 400 organisations of which almost 60 per cent are in the FTSE 100, FTSE 250 or Fortune 500. Its global clients include Qantas, HSBC, Diageo, GlaxoSmithKline, Tesco, BHP, Li & Fung and BP. YSC Consulting works mainly with C-suite executives, developing trusted, long-term relationships. It employs 220 staff, of whom around 100 are highly qualified consultants with backgrounds in psychology, business and management, and behavioural sciences. YSC also maintains a tight network of associates who provide additional resource depending on the scope of the assignment. YSC Consulting has a large and fast-growing practice in the US, the world’s largest leadership consultancy market, with offices in New York, Chicago, Boston and San Francisco. Graphite acquired YSC Consulting from Livingbridge after a competitive sale process. The YSC Consulting management team, under the leadership of chief executive officer Robert Sharrock, have reinvested a large proportion of their sale proceeds and will remain in place.
Liberty advised management on all aspects of their cash out, rollover investment and new equity incentive structure
Robert Sharrock says: “We are delighted to be partnering with Graphite who were our first choice. Their track record of working with professional services firms is impressive and their experience in expanding them internationally will be highly valuable to our growth strategy.” Liberty Corporate Finance partner Mick McDonagh, says: “YSC Consulting is a global leader in its field. It has an excellent reputation and the management team has a clear vision for future growth. We enjoyed working with then on this transaction and we look forward to following their progress during the next phase of YSC’s development.”