Press release

Equiteq advises Solidiance on its merger with YCP

October 30, 2018

October 2018

Equiteq, a global leader in providing strategic and M&A advisory services to knowledge-intensive services firms, is pleased to announce it has advised Solidiance, a successful Pan-Asian corporate strategy consultancy on its merger with YCP Holding (YCP), a leading professional advisory firm located across Japan, China and Southeast Asia.

Solidiance is a corporate strategy consulting firm focused on Asia, helping Fortune 1000 companies and Asian conglomerates on growth strategies for more than 10 years with offices in 13 key markets in the region. YCP was founded in 2011 in Japan to provide multifaceted advisory services including management consulting, M&A advisory, marketing support and global market research, primarily to portfolio companies of private equity firms. YCP expanded rapidly into other Asian markets in Southeast Asia and China, where they also engage in private equity investments. Together, YCP and Solidiance aim to become Asia’s leading professional firm covering nearly 20 key markets in the region: Abu Dhabi, Bangkok, Beijing, Beirut, Dubai, Ho Chi Minh City, Hong Kong, Jakarta, Kuala Lumpur, Manila, New Delhi, Shanghai, Singapore, Sydney, Taipei, Tokyo, and Yangon, as well as client relation offices in Europe (Berlin) and United States (San Diego). Solidiance And YCP Yuki Ishida, Group CEO of YCP stated, "Teaming up with Solidiance will give us the opportunity to broaden our client base and service offerings in new Asian markets. Through larger geographical coverage and deeper expertise in key vertical industries, we can further assist our clients and deliver high-value impact to their businesses. We also gain new principal investment opportunities in key markets which we previously did not cover, while at the same time opening new doors for our portfolio companies.” Damien Duhamel, CEO, Managing Partner and Co-founder of Solidiance stated, “We believe we are making this move at the right time and at the right place. We have now been working with Equiteq for several years to ensure Solidiance improves its business model and marketability. Equiteq has been nothing but an ideal partner for us. Equiteq’s staff are very experienced in managing buyers and sellers’ expectations which made this whole process less stressful. We enjoyed engaging with Equiteq, they were very professional with an eye for details and the desire to excel. They communicated well throughout the process enabling us to focus on our daily jobs. I can't think of any better partner for this M&A process.” Jean-Louis Michelet, MD of Equiteq Asia-Pacific commented: “This merger is the pinnacle of a growth journey. Over the years we have advised Solidiance through their organic growth and the acquisition of Technomic which gave them a critical foothold on the emerging Chinese market. It has been a pleasure to work with Solidiance and their experienced and dynamic team!” To see all of our deals, please click here. ©Equiteq 2018