London-based M&A advisory business, Morphose, is now regulated and authorised by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA).
Morphose will now be advising firms pursuing acquisitions alongside business owners specifically looking to maximise their exit proceeds.
Nick Atherton, Morphose’s Managing Director said: “We are delighted to be able to offer our clients a wider range of services, enabling us to get more closely involved in all elements of deal structuring at the early stages of transactions, something we know is especially important and valuable when working on sell-side mandates.”
Claire Huffman, Director of M&A and also Morphose’s Compliance Officer said: “Morphose will now be advising on the strategy and structure of investment transactions, going beyond our previous role as solely a facilitator and introducer. We will be continuing to work with private business owners seeking value crystallisation as well as clients focused on buy and build strategies, looking for potential exits in three to five years.”
Recent deals Morphose has advised on include the sales of PEME and PEL to Aliter Capital, CFS to Stanley Security, and Weston Electrical and Ace to Incentive FM, and HSS’s equipment rental division to ICE. Their sector focus remains strong in Facilities Management, Property Services, Defence and Logistics, Energy and Health sectors.
Morphose will not conduct designated investment business other than corporate finance business. Additionally, Morphose will not carry on any investment services and activities (to which MiFID applies) on a regular basis except reception and transmission of orders in relation to one or more financial instruments or investment advice.