James Kesner

Director, Europe

James joined 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

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

27th April 2018

PR M&A Stays Healthy in Q1, with Continuing Interest in Specialist Agencies

Our latest research into the global M&A for PR agencies shows that the market remains vibrant. There were 14 deals involving PR agencies in Q1 2018, out of 193 for the entire marcoms sector, making it the third most-active subsector behind only full-service digital and website UX. It continues the strong showing of PR M&A […]