Alvarez & Marsal acquires Captiva Capital Management

06 October 2014

Alvarez & Marsal has acquired Captiva Capital Management, a German real estate management and advisory firm. As part of the integration, Captiva Capital Management will be rebranded to A&M Captiva.

Captiva Capital Management was established in 2001 and has since grown to a pan-European real estate player, with offices in Hamburg, London, Luxembourg and Paris. The firm specialises in real estate asset management – to date it has purchased more than 1,700 properties with a market value exceeding €11.1 billion, and currently it manages roughly €700 million in commercial real estate assets on behalf of institutional clients.

Alvarez Marsal - Captiva Capital Management

Founded in 1983, Alvarez & Marsal is a global professional services firm, with more than 40 offices across the globe. The company supports clients with business advisory, operational and financial performance improvement, turnaround and interim management services.

Real estate portfolio
With the acquisition, Alvarez & Marsal will significantly boost its real estate portfolio, in particular in Germany, one of its largest markets in Europe. “Germany is a key European real estate market for international investors. The A&M Captiva team’s extensive experience and credibility in real estate asset management, combined with A&M’s multi-national platform will create tremendous opportunities. It is a natural step in broadening A&M’s real estate service offering,” says Robin Priest, leader of A&M Real Estate Advisory Services in Europe.

On top of bolstering its real estate offering, the move – which in essence sees A&M diversify outside the traditional consulting industry – will give Alvarez & Marsal access to a new industry and new group of clients. “A&M’s acquisition of CCMG will help to deepen our relationships with institutional investor clients and other market participants, and benefit businesses across Germany and Europe. A&M Captiva provides us with additional ways to help drive value creation opportunities for our clients,” explains Tom Kolaja, the firm’s country head for Germany and Central Europe, hinting at the fact that Alvarez & Marsal aims at ‘cross-selling’ its consulting services to its real-estate clients. “That’s something to be excited about.”

Robin Priest - Tom Kolaja - Stephan Fritsch

Growth strategy
A&M Captiva will be led by Stephan Fritsch, previously Managing Director of Captiva Capital Management and head of its German office, and Robin Priest. The new leadership has following the deal announced a growth strategy: “Our objective is to substantially increase assets under management and to expand our presence both in Germany and across Europe,” says Fritsch.


SQW Group purchases property-based regeneration consultancy

19 April 2019

UK consulting firm SQW Group has completed its first acquisition since it completed a management buyout in January 2019. BBP Regeneration joins the company having collaborated with SQW for more than 20 years.

Established in 1983, SQW Group now operates all over the world. Comprising SQW, Oxford Innovation, Oxford Innovation Services – one of the UK’s leading innovation centre operators – and Oxford Investment Opportunities Network, the organisation’s origins can be traced to Britain’s two ancient university cities: Oxford, through Oxford Trust founders, Martin and Audrey Wood, and Cambridge, through SQW’s work in producing The Cambridge Phenomenon.

The consultancy specialises in public policy, working with entities from the public, private and voluntary sectors to research, develop, implement and evaluate social and economic development interventions. It now employs over 250 people across regional offices in London, Oxford and Edinburgh, and provides business support to over 4,000 entrepreneurs and small businesses each year. At the start of 2019, SQW secured its independence in a management buyout, advised on by M&A experts from Liberty Corporate Finance and Penningtons Manches.

SQW Group purchases property-based regeneration consultancy

SQW has strengthened its position as a provider of services across the business spectrum with the acquisition of BBP Regeneration. Founded in 1994, the consulting firm specialises in land and property-based regeneration and growth schemes, and is a leading social and economic development consultancy. 

The two firms first worked together over 20 years ago, when SQW and BBP collaborated to develop the first Regional Economic Strategy for the South East. More recently, they developed an economic strategy for Thanet and are now working together in locations stretching from Cwmbran via Oxfordshire to London.

With the addition of BBP, SQW can now provide an integrated advisory service for organisations developing property schemes which deliver economic benefit to their local area. By joining SQW, meanwhile, BBP hopes to further enhance its ability to support clients in delivering property and place-making ambitions. 

Speaking about the deal, SQW CEO David Crichton-Miller commented, “The UK more than ever needs solutions to the challenges of places – of high streets under threat, of meeting housing delivery targets, and of both economically over-successful and economically challenged towns and cities – and the combination of SQW and BBP is uniquely suited to developing those solutions. [This deal] brings together critical and complementary services relating to places to serve our clients with leading edge and practical advice.”

Andy Smith, Director of BBP Regeneration, added, “SQW shares with BBP the same values of seeking to provide outstanding, practical, real world advice that helps get buildings built and places developed.  We greatly look forward to the opportunities that come from joining our two organisations together.”