James Kesner

Director, Europe
Technology

James joined CG Results in 2013 and is a member of the Securities Institute and a Chartered Accountant.

He gained his ACA qualification in 2003 and went on to work as Finance Director for a London based brand consultancy before moving back into a corporate advisory role specialising in the marketing services and technology sectors.

James spent over a year on secondment to a senior corporate lending team in a major city bank working with the team on structuring deals and offering strategic advice to their customer base.

James has acted as the client facing manager on numerous disposals, acquisitions and fundraising assignments for listed and private clients in the marketing services and technology sectors and takes a keen interest in developments in the market and new technology.

Latest Insights

Reports
16th August 2022

Marketing Services: Global M&A and Public Company Performance – H1 2022

We are pleased to share with you the H1 2022 Marketing Services Sector Review, where we analyse global M&A activity and public market performance in the marketing services sector. H1 2022 has been an exciting and active period for M&A in the marketing services vertical with 425 deals recorded globally. This represents a 15% and […]

Insights
6th April 2022

Partnering with Private Equity: Insights and perspectives from Tony Hill  at Sideshow and Dominic Graham at Waterland Private Equity

In February of 2021, Sideshow, an independent digital group, partnered with Waterland Private Equity to support its ambitious growth plans to continue building a group of highly connected digital brands. One year on we caught up with Sideshow’s Tony Hill, Founder and CEO, and Dominic Graham, Investment Director at Waterland to discuss the journey to […]

Reports
28th February 2022

Marketing Services: Global M&A and Public Company Performance FY 2021

We are pleased to share with you the FY 2021 Marketing Services Sector Review, where we analyse global M&A activity and public market performance in the marketing services sector. The M&A market for Marketing Services remains dynamic with 2021 deal volume up by over 25% on 2020 levels at 756 versus 602 total deals respectively. […]

Reports
3rd November 2021

Marketing Services: Global M&A and Public Company Performance Q3 2021

We are pleased to share with you the Q3 2021 Marketing Services Sector Review, where we analyse global M&A activity and public market performance in the marketing services sector. The M&A market for Marketing Services remains buoyant and dynamic with Q1-Q3 2021 deal volume up by 30% on the comparative period at 569 and 441 […]

Reports
21st July 2021

Marketing Services: Global M&A and Public Company Performance H1 2021

We are pleased to share with you the H1 2021 Marketing Services Sector Review, where we analyse global M&A activity and public market performance in the marketing services sector. We continue to see very good levels of deal activity in the Marketing Services sector with H1 2021 deal volume up by 22% on H1 2020 […]

Reports
5th February 2021

Marketing Services: Global M&A and Public Company Performance FY 2020

Covid certainly had a sudden and material impact on M&A in the sector. After a strong Q1 where deal activity was ahead of 2019, deal volumes halved in Q2 2020. We did however see a positive resurgence in Q3 and Q4, with deal volumes back up to about 70% of 2019 levels. Despite deal volumes […]

Reports
15th May 2020

Virtual deal-making – a new normal for the M&A world

Towards a brave new “all-In” virtual deal-making world Once obligatory rituals of the investment process, the “gut check” in-person meeting between a buyer and the operator-sellers are now being replaced with video conference interviews and virtual facility tours (and the detailed physical inspection of the workplace and core scientific R&D facilities). In this paper, we […]

Insights
22nd November 2018

A buy & build strategy: driving growth in the marketing services sector

Including interviews with Oxyma and Sideshow Group Driving sustainable growth is one of the greatest challenges that businesses face, no more so than in the marketing services space. Organic growth is critical and allows you to control culture, but it takes time. A carefully planned buy and build strategy, using acquisitions to secure new capabilities […]

Insights
22nd November 2018

A buy & build strategy: Sideshow Group case study

Sideshow is an integrated, content and data led, digital consulting group with services spanning strategy, creative and technology working with some of the largest blue-chip brands. Tony Hill founded the business in 2008 on the South Coast and, following four acquisitions, the group now stands at over 200 heads with acquired talent remaining active in […]