Equiteq is pleased to announce that it has advised tech-enabled procurement & supply chain solutions provider and Ivalua Partner, Consus Global, on its sale to YCP Holdings, an Asia-focused professional services firm listed on Tokyo Stock Exchange Mothers (Foreign Stock) market. The deal completion is expected to be in Q2 2023, subject to customary closing conditions.
Consus Global is a leading provider of procurement and supply chain solutions, leveraging digital technologies to help businesses optimize their operations and drive value. With a team of over 100 experts spread across multiple locations globally, Consus Global offers end-to-end solutions for procurement, including strategic sourcing, category management, supplier management, and procurement operations. Their suite of digital procurement solutions includes AI-powered analytics, e-sourcing, e-auctions, and contract management, among others.
YCP Holdings is an Asia- headquartered professional services firm with a focus on management consulting and principal investment. With a focus on innovation and excellence, YCP Holdings is committed to delivering value to its clients across multiple industries, through a combination of industry expertise, strategic insight, and access to capital.
Through its acquisition of Consus, YCP Holdings will be able to expand the client sectors covered by their Management Services Division and strengthen their market offerings in the ever-impactful procurement and supply chain market, thus giving rise to the launch of a newly established Supply Chain Solutions Division.
Consus brings a global footprint of customers with offices across Asia, the Middle East, Europe, and North America. This acquisition will increase YCP’s offices to 21 worldwide (16 in Asia, 1 in the Middle East, 2 in the United States, 1 in Canada, and 1 in Europe), and its team to over 450 professionals.
Shantanu Bhowmick, Chairman & CEO of Consus Global says “We are very excited to be joining YCP Holdings, bringing our deep expertise in the world of Procurement & Supply Chain to the market as part of a broader platform. Together with YCP’s vision, we aim to become a more formidable force in the market while at the same time pushing for continued innovation in the procurement space.”
Yuki Ishida, Director and Group CEO of YCP Holdings (Global) Limited said: “YCP Group has been actively seeking business expansion and investment opportunities in each market and sector, as the Group has aimed to move into new solutions and increase our global footprint as a part of our medium- & long-term strategy with the purpose of achieving further growth in our core Management Services Division. Consus provides expert Procurement & Supply Chain consulting services worldwide, and its presence is becoming increasingly important in an ever-complex and diverse international market environment, Through the business integration with Consus, we intend to accelerate our expansion into new professional services, and achieve further growth with the aim of becoming a professional firm which leads Asia.”
Equiteq acted as financial advisor to Consus Global.
Commenting on Equiteq’s role, Shantanu Bhowmick, CEO & Founder of Consus Global added: “The Equiteq team have been fantastic partners throughout the process. Their hands-on approach to engagements helped us navigate through a complex, bespoke process to find the right partner in the form of YCP for the next phase of Consus' growth roadmap. We are thankful for their efforts and guidance to help steer us through this journey."
Jean-Louis Michelet, Managing Director and Head of Equiteq APAC, added: "We are particularly happy to have helped complete this transaction. Not only is it the second deal we have worked on with YCP as the acquirer – a highly focused, visionary player in the consulting industry -, it is also both a foundational move towards the creation of Supply Chain Solutions, a new strategic business line for YCP, and the perfect home for Consus, for the best benefit of its team and its clients."