LONDON, 14th October 2014: Metric Capital Partners (“MCP” or “Metric”), the European private capital group, has announced today its investment in James Grant Group (“James Grant” or the “Group”), a leading provider of management and professional services to TV & Social, Music, Literary and Sport clients, headquartered in London.
Established over 25 years ago, James Grant offers a comprehensive range of services to its clients, who are some of the leading individuals in the broadcast, music, literary, social and sports sectors. The Group provides bespoke advice on a complete range of areas from career management and planning through to royalty payments and accounts preparation. The Group’s finance business arranges funding to production companies and sports institutions, whilst the brand divisions ensure the Group delivers a rounded approach in all aspects of client management. James Grant operates mainly in the UK, with the leading US soccer management company based in Washington DC.
In the transaction Metric has partnered with James Grant’s management team to buy out the existing financial investor. MCP and management will share ownership of the Group going forward.
Commenting on the transaction, Fabio Andreottola, Partner of MCP, said: “We are pleased to be partnering with James Grant’s talented management team and employees to support the Group’s growth strategy. James Grant is an established leader across its key markets, and is best positioned to continue benefiting from the development trends in the entertainment and sport sectors.”
Neil Rodford, CEO of James Grant added: “Metric prides itself on being relationship based and is driven by long term partnerships – a fundamental reason why we chose them as our new partners. Our vision for the future remains clear – “to be the UK’s leading management and professional services company serving the Sports, Music, Literary, TV and Social talent sectors”. We are delighted to be partnering with Metric and with their support, we are confident we will achieve our goals and objectives in the coming months and years.
John Sinik, Managing Partner of MCP, further commented: “James Grant represents the latest transaction for MCP’s recently raised second fund. The stability of James Grant’s business, driven by long term client relationships and diversification, coupled with a clear growth strategy, underpin our investment thesis. This transaction showcases MCP’s ability to create bespoke private capital solutions addressing the objectives of management teams and vendors.”
MCP is an independent private capital group which invests in European small and medium-sized firms by providing debt and equity solutions to support the execution of strategic transactions including MBOs, MBIs, growth/development capital, refinancing and rescue financing.