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James Pratt


James Pratt is a Director with Teneo in London, having joined Teneo as part of its purchase of Deloitte’s UK Restructuring business.

James specialises in proving M&A solutions to clients facing challenging, complex or business critical issues where specialist situational expertise and experience is key to delivering the optimal outcome.

He is CFA exam qualified and has 5 years of experience in the team, focussing on;

  • Accelerated M&A (“AMA”) – providing M&A solutions to both buyers and sellers in a truncated timetable, typically due to a pending liquidity shortfall, utilising insolvency as a delivery mechanism where required;
  • Non-standard M&A – where there are specific challenges and constraints to value realisation but not necessarily a short-term liquidity issue; and
  • Strategic advisory – strategic M&A options advice and contingency planning including AMA planning


Selected Project Experience

  • Arcadia Group (Administration AMA, Retail) – lead sell side M&A adviser. Sale of all of the Group’s 7 brands to leading “pure play” retailers (ASOS, Boohoo and City Chic Collective)
  • Victoria’s Secret (Administration AMA, Retail) – lead sell side M&A adviser. Facilitated successful JV between L Brands and Next plc
  • Individual Restaurants Group (AMA, Restaurants) – lead sell side M&A adviser. Sale of the business and assets, including all 31 of the Company’s trading sites, to the senior leadership team of Iceland Foods
  • Clarks (Strategic advisory, Retail) – strategic adviser. Strategic options for the Company’s global operations including supporting with negotiations with stakeholders and project managing its capital refinance
  • Karen Millen Fashions (AMA, Retail) – Lead sell side adviser. Successful “pre-pack” sale of brand to online competitor (Boohoo)
  • Gourmet Burger Kitchen (AMA, Casual Dining) – Lead sell side adviser. Successful “pre-pack” sale to strategic buyer
  • Intelligent Energy Plc (Advisory, Clean Energy). Adviser to the board and lead sell side M&A adviser – solvent sale of the business to a connected party
  • Regis / Supercuts (Administration AMA, Consumer Products) – Administrator. Sale of a chain of UK based hair dressing salons
  • Oasis and Warehouse (AMA, Retail) – lead sell side M&A adviser. Sale of brands via administration
  • Vital Ingredient (AMA, Casual dining) – Lead sell side adviser. Successful “Pre-pack” sale of business and assets
  • NWR Karbonia (AMA, Mining) – Lead sell side adviser. Succesful “Pre-pack” sale of the business and assets to Prairie Mining Group
  • Project Tailor (Strategic advisory, Retail) – adviser to the company on contingency planning including preparation for an AMA process
  • Project Kansas (Strategic advisory, Retail) – assisted the company with AMA planning as a plan B to support in their progression of plan A
  • Project Blue (Strategic advisory, Healthcare) – Strategic adviser – M&A options for a large UK hospital group
  • Project Able (Strategic advisory, Recruitment) – Strategic adviser – M&A options for a complex recruitment group
  • Other clients include Links of London, Poundworld and Parragon Publishing

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