Daily News: January 16, 2018

Houlihan Lokey Acquires London-Based Quayle Munro

Houlihan Lokey agreed to acquire Quayle Munro, an independent advisory firm that provides corporate finance advisory services to companies underpinned by data and analytics, content, software and services.

Quayle Munro was founded in 1983 and is based in London with a team of 40 financial professionals. Its client list spans the globe and includes private and publicly listed companies, financial sponsors and entrepreneurs. In addition to the Data & Analytics Group, Quayle Munro also has advisory practices in financial services, financial technology and education.

Recent transactions completed by Quayle Munro include advising:

  • PowerAdvocate on its sale to Verisk Analytics for up to $280 million
  • BlueStep Bank on its sale to EQT
  • Sequel (HgCapital) on its £250 million ($342 million) sale to Verisk Analytics
  • Marlin Bidco on its £860 million ($1,178 million) cash offer for Shawbrook Bank
  • Bureau van Dijk (EQT) on its €3 billion ($3.66 billion) sale to Moody’s
  • FactSet on its $205 million acquisition of BISAM
  • TA Associates on its investment in Inspired

The Quayle Munro business expands Houlihan Lokey’s financial institutions focus in Europe and builds the firm’s presence in financial technology and education. The Data & Analytics Group will continue to be headed by Andrew Adams, Quayle Munro’s CEO, who will also serve as co-head of Houlihan Lokey’s UK Corporate Finance business.

“The use of data and analytics to make both business and general management decisions has become an increasingly critical component in the corporate tool kit,” said Scott Beiser, CEO of Houlihan Lokey. “Data and analytics has become virtually ubiquitous, and its importance in analyzing trends, enhancing productivity and growing one’s business cannot be overstated.

“The Quayle Munro team is an excellent fit with Houlihan Lokey, and the establishment of the new Data & Analytics Group represents our recognition of the expertise and new capabilities our clients around the world will increasingly require as their businesses grow and evolve,” said Scott Adelson, Houlihan Lokey’s co-president and global co-head of Corporate Finance.