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Supporting a full team build-out for Qualitest, a leading services business

Challenge:

The CFO of Qualitest was faced with completely transforming a finance function. Marlin had given them a number of key objectives: to radically improve quality of management information, to set up a fully capable M&A and integration arm and to get exit ready.

Action:

We placed numerous interim consultants over the following 18 months, including expert financial modellers, technical finance leads, exit-readiness support specialists and NetSuite implementation experts. We were then mandated with the permanent team build-out.

Impact:

The permanent team we placed at Qualitest were able to steer the business during a mission-critical growth phase and successfully exit Marlin’s investment to Bridgepoint.

Chris Wilmot, CFO at Qualitest, said: “Private equity CFO roles typically require significant value creation in a short space of time. This often requires a finance team to be promptly created from scratch. At Qualitest, I used Finatal to help build a team with a broad skill set – Group Finance Director, Group Financial Controller, Commercial/FP&A team, M&A due diligence lead and company sale process team. Finatal have an extensive network of high-quality versatile finance professionals. The assembled team led a successful exit delivering a pleasing return to shareholders.”