Daily News: February 19, 2015

A&M Targets Corporate M&A with New European Lead

Alvarez & Marsal (A&M) appointed Dhruv Sarda as a senior director and leader of its corporate M&A Strategy and Post-Merger Integration practice in Europe. Based in London, Sarda’s appointment underscores A&M’s expanding service offering to corporates in support of anticipated growth in M&A activity in 2015.

Sarda will expand A&M’s existing transactions expertise in the corporate and private equity industry across the UK and Europe. His in-depth experience aligns with the increasing importance of operational due diligence and the accelerated value that can be achieved from seamlessly integrating acquisitions.

Sarda has more than 15 years’ experience in advising senior management and boards on inorganic growth covering M&A strategy, commercial and operational due diligence, divestitures and post-merger integration. He has also worked with corporate and private equity-owned businesses on performance improvement and transformation agendas across several industries. His expertise means he can help clients define their corporate strategy for M&A, as well as advise in post-merger integration and carve-out situations, whilst also drawing on A&M’s market leading capabilities in operational and financial due diligence.

Lawrence Hutter, CEO of Alvarez & Marsal European Corporate Solutions, said, “While M&A is set to increase across Europe in 2015, uncertainty in the market remains. Companies are therefore placing increasing importance on operational and financial due diligence and assurance of synergy capture. Dhruv brings significant pan-European transaction experience across the entire M&A lifecycle, including leading over a dozen complex, multi-jurisdiction post-merger integration engagements. The strength and calibre of his expertise align perfectly with our growing team.”

Dhruv Sarda said, “A&M is a true leader when it comes to supporting both corporate and private equity clients across the full spectrum of transaction services. This is an exciting time in the firm’s history and I’m delighted to be joining such a high-calibre team focused on serving clients as they reshape their businesses to thrive in changing markets.”
Prior to joining A&M, Sarda was a managing director at Accenture, leading their M&A practice in the U.K. and Ireland, as well as holding leadership roles in their Global M&A practice and Accenture Strategy in the U.K. Previously, he worked in M&A advisory at ABN Amro and strategy consulting at PwC.