M&A consultancy Arma Partners hits $100 million milestone

14 May 2021 Consultancy.uk 1 min. read
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Arma Partners, a financial advisory firm headquartered in London, has hit a special milestone, seeing its fee income break through the $100 million for the first time in its eighteen-year history.

Despite Covid-19 requiring the team to collaborate remotely and introducing unfamiliar dynamics to deal making, Arma Partners advised on 33 transactions during its last fiscal year (ended 31 March 2021), and generated revenues in excess of $100  million (£83 million).

Founded in 2003 with four London-based employees focused on mergers & acquisitions in the software domain, Arma Partners evolved its corporate finance advisory practice across the communications, media and technology sectors – which the firm now bills as the ‘digital economy’.

Paul-Noël Guély, Managing Partner, Arma Partners

Paul-Noël Guély, Founder and Managing Partner of Arma Partners, said: “The past twelve months have been very challenging and I’m incredibly proud of the way that our team has pulled together to continue delivering superior advice and exceptional outcomes for our clients.”

Since its inception, the M&A consulting firm has advised on over 230 deals, approximately three-quarters of which have been cross-border, and generated over $80 billion in aggregate deal value.

Deals which Arma Partners advised on in the preceding year included the $12.2 billion buy-out of Visma; private equity recapitalisations of Xceptor by Astorg, IFS by TA Associates, Aareon by Advent, thinkProject by EQT, Jakala by Ardian, Node4 by Providence and Unit4 by TA Associates; cross-border strategic exits including the sales of NewSignature to Cognizant, Nordcloud to IBM and Planday to Xero.

The firm also supported seven growth capital financings, including $100-million-plus rounds raised for Catawiki, Rohlik and Wolt.

Building on its growth, the firm expanded the size of its partnership to eleven, following the promotion of Claire Boydell (who has served as Arma’s General Counsel since 2015) and appointment of Barry Jaber (formerly a partner at Strategy&).