Equiteq, the knowledge economy M&A specialist, is pleased to announce that it has acted as exclusive financial advisor to Ducker Worldwide, a premier market research and strategy consulting firm, in its sale to Frontier Strategy Group (FSG), a portfolio company of Boathouse Capital. The transaction closed on February 5, 2018.

Founded in 1961, Ducker Worldwide leverages a global platform to provide bespoke market research, commercial due diligence, transaction advisory and strategy consulting services to the automotive, heavy equipment and building products sectors. Deep industry and analytical expertise, proprietary datasets, and high-caliber consultants have enabled the firm to advise leaders of multinational corporate and private equity firms on successful strategic growth initiatives for over 5 decades.

FSG’s robust cloud-based technology platform, macro-economic insights, and expertise aligning business strategy and operations to growth, coupled with Ducker’s industry focus, datasets and consulting expertise will provide both firm’s clients with a powerful set of resources. Their combined solutions will better guide business leaders facing continually evolving challenges to sustainable, competitively advantaged positions and long-term commercial success.

“This acquisition is designed to maximize the potential of our combined company to better serve our clients and accelerate growth” said Richard Leggett, FSG’s CEO. “The demands of growth and forces of change facing multinational company executives and investment professionals get tougher every year, and by bringing together FSG and Ducker’s highly complementary offerings, areas of expertise and global footprint, we can immediately provide a comprehensive set of solutions that address our clients’ global strategic priorities and growth mandates.”

Regarding Equiteq’s role in the transaction Joanne Ulnick, CEO of Ducker Worldwide, said: “We selected Equiteq based on their industry expertise and track record. They worked with us for 18 months prior to embarking on the transaction process and helped us to implement business optimization initiatives that made a real difference when it came to sale. The way Equiteq positioned our business, the professionalism and tenacity with which they ran the process, and the unwavering support gave us confidence throughout this complex transaction.”

Adam Tindall, Director, based in Equiteq’s New York office, commented, “Joanne and the Ducker team have done a tremendous job of building the business into the market-leading, world-class custom research and consulting firm that it is today. Having worked with the Ducker team prior to starting the sale process, we were well placed to articulate the various unique attributes of the business to prospective buyers. We were able to leverage our knowledge of the market and experience of selling knowledge-focused businesses to identify acquirers that fitted both strategically and culturally. The combination of Ducker and FSG offer the full spectrum of services multinational company executives need to make decisions in today’s global high-stakes markets and we wish the newly combined team the very best of luck.”

About Equiteq (www.equiteq.com)

Equiteq is the knowledge economy M&A specialist. The company works with consulting firm shareholders, helping them to achieve their business objectives and exit strategies. Equiteq’s services are designed to deliver great returns for its clients, by accelerating revenue, profit and equity value growth, and ultimately realizing that value in a trade sale or other type of liquidity event. Securities are offered though Equiteq Securities LLC, which is a member of FINRA/SIPC.

About Ducker Worldwide (www.ducker.com)

Ducker Worldwide, a premier consulting and research firm, is driven to help its clients achieve their most ambitious growth goals. Custom market intelligence, strategic consulting and financial advisory services are delivered by fully-engaged Ducker principals and a diverse team of global talent. With exclusive access to industry leaders and opportunities, Ducker applies robust analytics and critical thinking to every engagement, delivering unique, fact-based solutions for our clients – solutions which produce confident decisions to advance growth. Ducker is headquartered in Troy, MI, with offices around the world, including Paris, Berlin, Bangalore, Shanghai and London.

About FSG (www.frontierstrategygroup.com)

Over the past decade, FSG has become a proven leader in helping multinational executives outperform in emerging markets across Asia, Latin America, Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. Its consultants and analysts help power the growth mandates and decision processes of regional and corporate executives with an integrated solution of on-demand advisory support, award-winning data and market intelligence, white-glove service, executive roundtable forums, and tailored consulting services. FSG has built strong client communities in the healthcare, consumer products, industrials, and technology sectors. The company is based in Washington, DC, with offices in London, Singapore and New York.
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