ADL closes partnership with Strategy Partners Group

22 November 2013

Global management consultancy Arthur D. Little has signed a partnership agreement with Strategy Partners Group (SPG), a Russian counterpart. Under the partnership, the two consulting firms will jointly pursue business development in Russia and Kazakhstan. 

Strategy Partners Group was founded in 1994 in Russia*. Over the past years it has grown to a team of 80 consultants, based in offices in Moscow and Astana, de capital of Kazakhstan.

Following its management buyout beginning 2012 from Altran, Arthur D. Little set the strategic objective to expand its footprint and network. The firm currently has just fewer than 1.000 consultants in 32 offices. To meet the growing demand of international clients and to compete with larger firms, it is closing partnerships across the globe with other consulting firms. At the end of last year, it signed a partnership with Solidiance, an Asian strategy consulting firm.


In a joint press release, both partners announced that they will jointly pursue business development and collaborate intensively on projects in Russia, Kazakhstan and the broader CIS region. “Most of our global clients face business challenges in Russia and the CIS region. By forming a close partnership with SPG, we will be able to provide an even higher service level to companies operating in Russia and Kazakhstan, combining local expertise with our in-depth knowledge of technology and business”, says Klas Anderlind, partner at Arthur D. Little and in charge of the alliance.

In response to increasing challenges from clients and to gain a global footprint, consulting firms are trying to seal partnerships to cover geographies where they have no presence yet. BearingPoint, for instance, has closed strategic alliances with ABeam Consulting (Asia), West Monroe Partners (North-America) and recently with Cumbria Financial Services Consulting.

* Strategy Partners Group was initially founded as Pro-Invest Consulting. In 2004 it was rebranded to Strategica and in 2007 to Strategy Partners. Following a merger with Sberbank in 2010 it modified its name to Strategy Partners Group.

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Grey Consulting and Makerversity announce strategic partnership

05 April 2019

Grey Consulting has forged a new alliance with Makerversity, a 500-strong community of the brightest creative innovators, headquartered at Somerset House, London. The partnership hopes to tap into the experimental community to develop pioneering solutions for Grey Consulting’s clients.

In August 2018, one of the world’s largest design agencies surprised the business world by launching a dedicated consulting outfit. The news came as the two industries continued on their trajectory towards a historic synthesis. The consulting industry has been engaged in a pitched battle with the advertising and design space for the past few years, as the former increasingly encroaches on the territory of the latter via a protracted campaign of mergers and acquisitions; but there had been little traffic moving in the other direction.

At its launch, Grey Consulting was not billed as a direct competitor to established consultancies. However, the firm behind the new entity hopes that its creative experience will give it a competitive edge in winning consulting business from its existing clients. The Grey Group is a global advertising and marketing agency with headquarters in New York City, and 432 offices in 96 countries, operating in 154 cities. Grey Consulting opened its doors with a view to aiding clients within the areas of business and brand design, innovation and digital transformations.Grey Consulting and Makerversity announce strategic partnership

Now, as the firm looks to further expand its footprint in the market, Grey Consulting has unveiled details of a ground-breaking new alliance with Makerversity, a 500-strong community of creative innovators headquartered at Somerset House, London. The alignment with Makerversity is hoped to unlock the potential of collaborating with one of the world’s most experimental communities.

Makerversity curates and convenes the best talent across product design, fashion, art and experimental architecture, sustainable materials, IoT, digital manufacturing, and coding. It provides spaces and workshops for professional makers to develop and create their work, supported by Somerset House Trust. The alliance is expected to enable Grey Consulting to develop pioneering solutions for its clients, together with innovators who make something amazing for a living, every day. 

Leo Rayman, Grey Consulting CEO, commented, “This gives our clients the potential to access a network of some of the most diverse and innovative individuals in the world today. Being so tightly connected to a community of makers means we don’t just develop transformational strategies but can quickly realise them in three dimensions. This sets Grey Consulting apart from the pure play strategy houses who are sometimes criticised for not making their thinking real at the pace modern businesses require.” 

Fiona Dent, CEO of Makerversity, added, “Makerversity acts as a catalyst for unexpected encounters, fostering collaborations between an incredible range of the brightest leading creators and innovators. Our experimental approach and engaged members, whose own practice is defining our world, create highly original new outcomes. We are delighted to bring this philosophy to a wider audience and generate interesting projects for Makerversity members through our partnership with Grey Consulting.”