Vantage Market Entry

Date:August 2023
Project:Management Buyout
Sector:Executive Search
Role:Lead Advisor


Forward advises Vantage Market Entry on management buyout

Forward Corporate Finance is delighted to have advised Mark Shields, the majority owner of recruitment business Vantage Market Entry, on selling a stake to his management team. The transaction sees Patrick Sim, Partner, and Jack Knowles, Partner, take meaningful stakes in the business. It also enables two other team members to secure minority stakes, with founder Mark retaining an equity position and continuing to be fully committed to the business going forwards.


The deal also paves the way for new partners to take a stake in the business in the future, either from within, or from similar search businesses based in the USA or Europe which would further strengthen the team at Vantage.


Based in Kensington, London, Vantage Market Entry specialises in the movement of senior executives and teams between leading global firms in Management Consulting, Private Equity, and Corporate marketplaces, with a focus on the US market.


The business was founded in 2001 by Mark Shields following the sale of a majority stake in his previous company, Corporate Executive Search, which in 1998 was the first head-hunter to float on the London Stock Exchange. With extensive experience as a leading recruiter of senior executives for market leading firms, Mark, with the support of Patrick and the wider team, has built Vantage into the well-respected and dynamic recruitment company it is today.


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