Case study

Blue Rubicon: Supported international expansion

Reputation management consultancy sees fee income grow 59 per cent in three years during private equity partnership.

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Sector
  • Support services
  • Technology, Media, Telecoms

Blue Rubicon is a UK reputation management consultancy.

Employees: 225

Deal type
  • Development capital
Exit type
  • International trade sale
Exit date

09/07/2015

The Team
LDC Region

Leveraging insights from its international reputation-research programme, Blue Rubicon cultivates long-standing relationships, advising and coaching CEOs and their teams.

It provides counsel to some of the world’s largest companies as they navigate high-stakes moments including CEO transitions, strategy shifts, turnarounds, restructuring and integration post mergers and acquisition.

Investing in business development

In 2012 we acquired a significant stake in Blue Rubicon.

The deal enabled the agency to invest in new talent, further strengthen services, respond to client demand for broader capabilities in the UK and expand its footprint in key international markets.

Following our support, Blue Rubicon opened offices in Qatar, Dubai and Singapore, and completed the acquisitions of research firm Hesleden Partners and Open Road a London-based public affairs communications agency.

Over the last three years, LDC has been a strong partner for the business, with its investment and support enabling us to extend our geographic reach and undergo an acquisitive growth strategy to achieve substantial global scale.”
Fraser Hardie, Senior Partner
Blue Rubicon

In 2015 we exited our investment in a sale to international consulting firm Teneo Holdings for an undisclosed sum.

Teneo is a US-headquartered international consulting firm which employs over 750 people across international offices around the world including in London, New York and Dubai.

It said the acquisition of Blue Rubicon was the ideal fit, giving it presence in the strategically important UK market, while providing Blue Rubicon’s clients access to additional consultancy services and geographies.