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Michael Fine
Director of Commercial & Operational
Due Diligence

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Commercial & Operational Due Diligence

Javelin Group wins UK Operational Due Diligence Adviser of the Year in ACQ Global Awards 2014.

Javelin Group wins Operational Due Diligence Provider of the Year – UK, in the Acquisition International Legal Awards 2013.

Javelin Group wins Multi-Channel Retail Consultants of the Year – UK, in the Acquisition International Finance Awards 2013.

Javelin Group wins Sustained Excellence in Due Diligence Award UK in Acquisition International M&A Awards 2013.

Javelin Group wins Finance Monthly’s Deal Maker of the Year 2012 Award for its commercial and operational work on the deal: ISIS invests £5.2m in Pho.

A differentiated approach to due diligence (buy side and vendor) in the retail sector.

As a retail specialist, Javelin Group goes beyond the traditional scope of commercial due diligence (market, competitors, customers, proposition) by integrating all elements of operational due diligence (product management, logistics, business processes, IT, store locations, online and other direct channels) for both buy side and vendor engagements. This provides a comprehensive evaluation of the target or the seller's companies, business plans and management teams. The specialist skills of our team across the retail value chain, from source to store to customer, enable us to deliver this differentiated approach.

Javelin Group has delivered critical thinking in more than 75 buy-side and vendor Commercial & Operational Due Diligence appraisals in the past four years.

Recent due diligence work has been completed for Bowmark Capital on the acquisition of Drake & Morgan, for Palamon on the acquisition of, and for ISIS on the acquisition of Pho.

Javelin Group Due Diligence

Please contact Michael Fine or call +44 (0)20 7961 3200 to discuss your requirements.


"Javelin Group worked closely with us on a large discount retailer in the UK. Their work was of a high standard and they left no stone unturned during a rapid diligence process. Their specialist team were a real differentiator and produced a great result. Javelin Group was a pleasure to work with; responsive, articulate and fun. I would highly recommend them."

Andy Dawson, Director, Advent International.

"Javelin Group did an excellent job in evaluating an investment opportunity in the food retail space. It was refreshing to work with a genuine specialist in this area, and their team of consultants who'd actually 'been there and done it' were able to offer us invaluable insight across a wide range of areas, including the target's commercial proposition, the expansion opportunity, supply chain efficiency and IT adequacy. Combining retail expertise with well honed due diligence skills, Javelin Group was able to produce a comprehensive, robust and thoughtful review of the opportunity, which gave us the confidence to compete hard in the process."

Jamie Rivers, Partner, BC Partners.

"When trying to determine which adviser to use for the commercial due diligence on Wiggle, the online-only cycle retailer, there was only one option: Javelin Group. Their multi- channel credentials meant they understood the challenges faced from all competition. Their diagnostic tools allowed us to assess Wiggle against best practice; their assessment of systems in general allowed us to measure scalability. Inevitably there were gaps in information but Javelin Group was able to adapt and redirect work to drive towards resolution of key commercial issues. They met a very tight timetable and we were able to invest with confidence."

Vince Gwilliam, Partner, Bridgepoint.

"Javelin Group was invaluable in supporting our appraisal of a leisure sector investment. In a short period of time they helped us to answer a few targeted questions comprehensively. The litmus test is that their work will be used as an effective management tool going forward, and won’t just gather dust as some due diligence reports do."

Benoit Broch, Investment Director, ISIS Equity Partners.

“Javelin Group’s vendor commercial and operational due diligence for HobbyCraft was a great piece of work by the real specialists in the retail/consumer sector. It answered the key questions investors wanted to get their teeth into, and was an important part of getting the transaction to its successful close. I would recommend them.”

Warren Haskins, Founder, HobbyCraft.

"It is fair to say that Javelin Group's due diligence work was pivotal in getting us to the finish line on this investment. It's an excellent piece of work."

Oliver Mayer, Investment Director, Duke Street Capital.

"Javelin Group’s retail experience was essential to under-standing the dynamics of our target’s business. What also impressed us was the speed with which they understood the critical success factors of the business and its technology infrastructure. This deep understanding enabled them to produce a very challenging and valuable evaluation of our target’s growth plans."

Nigel Hammond, Partner, Vespa Capital.

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