Ciesco is a boutique corporate finance advisory firm, specialising in the digital, media, marketing and technology sectors. We advise our clients on mergers & acquisitions, business strategy and executive search
Ciesco’s core services are designed to provide owners and managers of businesses with independent advisory services. We advise clients on sell-side or buy-side mandates, business strategy and executive search. We also advise on corporate divestments, MBOs/MBIs, and work with private equity firms on their portfolio businesses.
Clients choose to work with us because of our in-depth understanding of the technology enabled media & marketing sector. With our unrivalled market intelligence of the buyer landscape, we are able to architect unparalleled transactions.
Ciesco provides corporate finance advice tailored specifically to digital, media, marketing and technology businesses. Our deep working knowledge of the developing key trends and companies within the space differentiates us from other advisory firms. Our unrivalled market intelligence of these sectors provides us with a strong network of relationships with both strategic and financial buyers. Our insights give our clients the edge and allows us to intelligently filter and source appropriate targets and partners. We provide advice on:
We specialise in helping clients navigate the complex new world of digital evolution and business transformation. We support clients throughout the different stages of their business life-cycles. We help our clients to create value within their businesses by providing advice on improving their performance metrics and planning for growth. We deliver these across the four pillars of Strategy, Operations, People and Finance. Our business strategy and consulting services include:
We help clients optimise their executive talent by utilising an advanced range of tools and techniques in recruitment, assessment, development and incentivisation. Our dedicated executive search offering in particular provides a comprehensive range of services. We have experience of working with both corporates and private equity firms to source c-suite level executives, divisional heads and candidates for specialist ‘hard to find’ roles. Companies can also unlock potential and accelerate growth by gaining access to the right NEC/NED or with the ‘acqui-hire’ of a select high-performing team of specialists – we help our clients with such solutions. Our service offering includes:
Chris is the founding partner and CEO of Ciesco. He has over 25 years of experience in media, marketing and technology and has lived and worked in London, New York and Brussels. Throughout his career he has worked with management teams and businesses globally.
Prior to setting up Ciesco, Chris has held senior regional positions at some of the leading companies within the sector. He was the Global Head of M&A for McCann WorldGroup, the Chief Operating Officer of EMEA for McCann Erickson and prior to joining McCann he had previously managed the North American Operations of Initiative Media and the International Operations of Foote Cone & Belding. He also gained exposure to working with some of the leading global brands, from the large auto groups such as Chrysler and General Motors to the technology giants, Samsung and Microsoft
Chris is a practitioner from the industry having operated across all disciplines of digital, media and marketing, with specific sector experience in the technology-enabled media and marketing space. He has managed and evaluated hundreds of businesses across the globe during his corporate career. He is able to use the knowledge, experience and contacts this has brought him to the commercial advantage of Ciesco’s clients.
Gordon heads up Ciesco’s talent management both internally and for clients. Prior to joining Ciesco Gordon was the Managing Director of RI Consultancy Services, a leading European recruitment group and has had 30 years exposure to executive search, recruiting senior executives for his clients as well as helping them to retain, reward, manage and develop their human capital. He is a Chartered Fellow of the CIPD. Gordon has extensive knowledge of the marketing communications and media sectors and has recruited or consulted for many of the leading global marketing services and media groups. He has also worked for leading independent agencies and businesses in custom publishing, advertising, marketing, PR, media buying, TV and film.
Colin is a strategic marketer and consultant with over thirty years’ experience working agency, client and consultancy side having built and managed blue-chip brands and businesses with an emphasis on commercial & financial planning, business development, marketing strategy and communications, and digital acceleration.
Colin has been involved in growing and selling advertising businesses throughout his career, and has proven ability and success in managing global client businesses, most significantly with Vodafone at WPP. He brings a wealth of capability and learning to the Ciesco team with his deep experience and understanding in building and managing agency resources to deliver best practice and profitability. Colin’s deep insights into agency and client thinking extends into multi categories and sectors on a global basis, including Technology, Mobile Telecommunications, Financial Services, Pharma & Healthcare, Leisure & Travel and FMCG.
Sarah brings to Ciesco over 25 years’ experience of driving business growth through effective use of insight technology and creativity. Her most recent role was as Customer Director at Value Retail, the world leader in luxury outlet retailing, where she was responsible for Customer Insights, CRM and Customer Experience. Prior to that Sarah was Managing Director at a boutique marketing consultancy emnoss where she was responsible for rebuilding the business after the departure of the fonder as well as delivering high end consultancy projects for clients as diverse as Co-op, Waitrose, BP and Camelot.
Prior to that Sarah has worked in both client side and agency roles including a 14 year spell in Wunderman UK in a variety of roles which culminated in her operating for nearly four years as their COO.
Adriana leads Ciesco’s day to day corporate finance work both originating and working on a wide variety of transactions. Prior to joining Ciesco, she spent 5 years at Pall Mall Capital, a London-based investment banking boutique, handling corporate finance advisory and M&A transactions, as well as working on Equity and Debt placements across a wide range of sectors (business services, leisure, infrastructure, technology, consumer products, etc.). Her earlier career included US experience where she worked on US and international assignments at Brown Gibbons Lang & Company, a leading Midwest investment banking firm, as well as acting as a Project Manager for a London-based global consultancy firm specialising in business intelligence services.
Adriana has a MBA degree in Banking & Finance from Case Western Reserve University (US), as well as an MA in International Economic Relations.
Prior to joining Ciesco Saif had worked at GP Bullhound, directly contributing to three sell-side mandates, conducting research on competitive landscapes and potential acquirers, as well as producing high-impact marketing materials. With significant exposure to the Middle East and North Africa markets, he previously worked for one of Libya’s leading retail conglomerates as a Director of Corporate Strategy, alongside Treasury banking experience at Wahda Bank, one of the country's largest state institutions.
Saif is an MBA graduate at the Manchester Business School. He also holds a First Class Bachelor of Science in International Management from the University of Manchester, specialising in finance and strategy. He also attended the University of Sydney on a year-long exchange program.
James plays a key part in Ciesco’s knowledge & market intelligence, marketing and deal origination efforts. He takes key responsibility for our authoritative research on global deals in our space. He also works on M&A transactions, providing deal support through financial analysis and research.
Prior to joining Ciesco, James completed an internship at a London-based marketing services and technology focused advisory firm. He has an MSc in International Business & Finance from Henley Business School, and a BA (Hons) in Management from the University of Sheffield.
Aigerim is an analyst at Ciesco contributing to market research, business development and M&A projects.
Aigerim holds an MSc degree in Accounting & Finance from the London School of Economics and a BSc degree with Honors in Business Management from King’s College London. She has also gained practical industry experience in diverse sectors including with a financial services firm, an education-focused consulting agency and a gold exploration company.
Luke is an Analyst at Ciesco and uses his knowledge of marketing, international business and finance to assist on business development, market intelligence and M&A transaction.
Prior to joining Ciesco, Luke worked in Canada and Japan, gaining knowledge of international markets and cultures. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from Memorial University of Newfoundland and has worked in Canada and the UK in business focused roles.
Lovisa combines academic excellence (First Class Honors in Business Studies from Cass Business School, Lord Mayors Award for Academic Excellence 2012, 2013 and 2014) with practical experience in research and analysis gained with a global consulting firm, based in Paris.
Lovisa supports M&A transactions and carries out detailed financial analysis and modelling. Her international experience and language skills are an important component for our European transactions.