Investcorp Acquires a Majority Stake in CrossCountry, a Leading Business Advisory Firm

6 Dec 2022

Investcorp, a leading global alternative investment firm, today announced its acquisition of a majority stake in CrossCountry Consulting (“CrossCountry,” or “the Company”), a leading business advisory firm. In addition, Public Sector Pension Investment Board (PSP Investments) invested, and RLH Equity Partners will continue as an investor. CrossCountry founders, Dave Kay and Erik Linn, continue to be significant shareholders.

Founded in 2011, CrossCountry provides accounting, finance, risk, operations, cyber, and technology-enabled transformation solutions for the Office of the CFO in public and private organizations. The Company has over 700 professionals and currently represents clients in the private equity, financial services, life sciences, real estate and hospitality sectors, among others. Its footprint has grown significantly over the past 10 years with professionals located across the United States and globally in Ireland, South Africa and the Philippines.

“We are excited to partner with the CrossCountry team who have driven strong organic growth and profitability since inception,” said Dave Tayeh, Head of Private Equity – North America at Investcorp. “CrossCountry’s relentless focus on exceptional client service has enabled this sustained track record of growth. There are several macro themes driving continued opportunity in accounting advisory, including the rise of outsourcing and the evolving role of the finance function to involve technology as businesses digitize their operations. We believe that our long history of working with professional services companies, and the potential synergies across our current portfolio in this space, will help CrossCountry achieve its next phase of growth.”

“As we continue to expand our reach, our partnership with Investcorp puts us in the best position to solve new, complex challenges for our clients, while growing our exceptional team,” said Erik Linn, Co-Founder and Managing Partner of CrossCountry Consulting. “We owe much of our success over the years to our incredible clients and employees; we believe Investcorp is the right partner with whom we can expand our capabilities, and we look forward to a new, exciting chapter of growth together.”

“CrossCountry’s co-founders and management team have built a leading financial advisory firm with a differentiated culture over the last decade,” said Philippe Bouchard, Senior Director at PSP Investments. “As a provider of long-term strategic capital, PSP Investments is pleased to back this transaction alongside Investcorp. We believe CrossCountry is strategically positioned in its industry and we look forward to working with all shareholders to support the company’s growth prospects over the coming years.”

“The boutique accounting advisory serviceable market is estimated to be nearly $10 billion and projected to grow double digits over the coming years. Having looked at many opportunities in the space, what attracted us most to CrossCountry is its best-in-class culture and remarkable employee engagement metrics. We believe that bodes well for their ability to continue to recruit and retain the best talent in the industry and grow above market,” added Steve Miller, Managing Director, Private Equity – North America at Investcorp.

Investcorp has a long history of investing in professional and tech-enabled services with notable investments including AlixPartners, ICR, PRO Unlimited (now Magnit), Resultant and United Talent Agency.

Guggenheim Securities, LLC acted as the financial advisor to CrossCountry Consulting, Clearsight Advisors advised RLH Equity Partners, and Houlihan Lokey acted as the advisor to Investcorp and PSP Investments.

Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed.