M&A consultancy BTD expands into Asia with new office in Hong Kong

30 May 2018 Consultancy.asia 2 min. read

The UK-based M&A consultancy BTD has expanded into Asia with a new office in Hong Kong, joining the firm’s international bureaus in Europe, the US and Australia.

As a reflection of the increasing demand for its services in the region, UK-based merger & acquisitions specialists BTD have established a new office in Hong Kong, adding to the firm’s primary locations in London, Frankfurt, Boston and Sydney.

The regional entry has been motivated by healthy movement in the local M&A domain, where, according to data from M&A analysts Mergermarket, M&A activity in the Asia Pacific (excluding Japan) increased in value by 4.8 percent last year to a combined worth of $673.5 billion through 3,750 transactions – against a 3.2 percent dip and $3.5 trillion value globally.

BTD founder and Managing Partner Carlos Keener, who established the firm in 2001 after a stint with Accenture as a Senior Manager in Corporate Strategy providing M&A and Integration support for clients, commented; “We are pleased with the increasing recognition of the importance of, and demand for, our services in Asia as the M&A market matures in the region.”BTD expands into Asia with office in Hong Kong

Keener continued, “We’re clearly seeing that the early rush of outbound deals ‘of any kind, at any price’ is giving way to a more considered, strategic perspective and mature approach to issues such as post-close integration, cultural and other cross-border considerations, and long-term value creation. This is certainly an exciting time for us and we look forward to working with our clients in future.”

BTD – short for Beyond the Deal – prides itself on providing longer-term business value for clients through frank advisory services across the full M&A life-cycle, with the firm boasting multinationals such Amadeus, Unilever, Coca-Cola, and GlaxoSmithKline among a list of over 100 clients across every major sector around the globe.

In Asia, the M&A consulting firm will be competing with the finance arms of the well-established Big Four – KPMG, PwC, Deloitte and EY – along with international sector players with an Asia presence, such as AlixPartners (Hong Kong, Seoul and Shanghai), Drake Star Partners (Tokyo), and Alvarez & Marsal, the latter which opened its fifth Asian office in Singapore in 2016.