P5

Specialist Advisory Firms

Our approach

We combine analytical rigor with process expertise, helping specialist advisory firms improve operational efficiency and grow revenue. We have over a dozen years of experience partnering with our clients to implement customized solutions by leveraging industry best practices, technology automation and our global pool of subject matter experts.

Support we offer

Technology enabled Solutions for Commercial Banks

How we are different

Industry pioneers in Investment Banking Analytics with over 15 years’ experience working with leading investment banks and advisory firms

Extensive expertise meeting front-office needs of over 70 clients, including global bulge-bracket banks, mid-market banks, regional banks, and boutique advisory firms

Customized coverage for clients including weekend support, extended hours coverage, and language support

Support services to help Compliance teams at investment banks rigorously monitor their controls and enable them to meet strict regulatory requirements at a reduced cost of compliance

Diverse capabilities in developing and implementing cutting-edge technology solutions to improve efficiency and turnaround time on a wide variety of investment banking tasks

Business Information Services and presentation and graphics support, creating a comprehensive offering for investment bankers

What we have done

Support for Consulting and Corporate Firms
ESG support for capital market division of a London based global investment bank
What we are proud of

20%

Saving of time of senior bankers

18-20%

more client-facing time

Support for Consulting and Corporate Firms
End-to-end support on M&A and financial restructuring transactions for a boutique advisory firm
What we are proud of

10

years of partnership

80+

bankers served in US and UK offices

Support for Consulting and Corporate Firms
Investment banking analytics, library services and presentation support for an Independent restructuring and advisory firm
What we are proud of

15,000+

projects delivered

4.9/5

High customer satisfaction score

Support for Consulting and Corporate Firms
US-based private, independent boutique advisory firm
What we are proud of

24 IB and 3 BIS FTEs

Around 10,000 high-quality projects turned around

Support for Consulting and Corporate Firms
Rating advisory for Singapore-based, Asia-focused commercial bank
What we are proud of

Covered debut/existing issuers across 10+ sectors

Timely turnaround on urgent requests

Support for Consulting and Corporate Firms
Loan syndication support for a global investment bank
What we are proud of

Saved over USD 1m and over 42,000 hours of work

Provided support for over USD 15bn worth of syndicated loans

Support for Consulting and Corporate Firms
Strategic research for a global commercial bank
What we are proud of

Bespoke solutions for strategy and group corporate development

Competitive intelligence and benchmarking for the banking sector

Support for Consulting and Corporate Firms
IB Analytics for a Europe Based Investment Bank
What we are proud of

$500m

in cost savings since 2003

30%

reduction in turnaround time for standard pitch books through automation

Support for Consulting and Corporate Firms
Integrated IB Analytics and BIS for Asia-Focused Mid-Size Investment Bank
What we are proud of

>95,000

projects delivered

>$6m

annualized savings per annum

Support for Consulting and Corporate Firms
Business Information Services for Asia-focused Mid-Size Investment Bank
What we are proud of

>57,000

projects delivered

~$2m

per annum savings on MDS cost savings p.a

Support for Consulting and Corporate Firms
Structured Finance research and analytics for a global Investment Bank
What we are proud of

$20 bn+

new issuance structuring support

5,000+

projects handled every year

Support for Consulting and Corporate Firms
US-based Commercial Bank
What we are proud of

$6m

in savings

18-20%

more client facing time

Support for Consulting and Corporate Firms
Financial Spreading Support for a Top 10 Canadian Bank
What we are proud of

40-50%

in annualized cost savings

20%

faster decisions on new loans

Support for Consulting and Corporate Firms
Equity Research for a Europe Based Investment Bank
What we are proud of

$15-18 M

annualized cost savings

15%

technology-driven efficiencies

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Meet our experts

Pedro Armstrong

Senior Director, Head – Commercial Banking and Asset Management Business Development

Pedro Armstrong is a Director at Acuity Knowledge Partners and leads business development efforts in the Americas for the Corporate and Commercial Banking, Buy-side, and Sell-side segments. He is responsible for managing key client engagements and works in partnership with capital market firms to provide customized solutions across research and analytics support, origination and lending support, and marketing and compliance support. He has been with the organization for 12 years, serving in various roles across Sri Lanka, Costa Rica, and now the US. Prior to joining Acuity Knowledge Partners, he was a Central Bank Regulator at the Central Bank of Barbados. Pedro, who is a British Chevening Scholar, holds a Master’s degree (honors) in Banking and International Finance from Cass Business School, City University, London.

Pedro Armstrong
Pedro Armstrong

Senior Director, Head – Commercial Banking and Asset Management Business Development

Anish Ailawadi

Senior Director, Investment Banking

Anish has been with Acuity Knowledge Partners for over 13 years and presently heads the Investment Banking vertical. He is based out of our Gurgaon office and oversees delivery teams and client engagements for various bulge-bracket banks, mid-size banks, regional banks, advisory and boutique firms across M&A, Industry Coverage, Debt Capital Markets, Equity Capital Markets, Loan Syndications and Leveraged Finance. During his tenure, he also set up a shared services center for one of his clients in India. Anish is a Chartered Accountant from the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India and has done his Bachelors in Commerce from Delhi University.

Anish Ailawadi
Anish Ailawadi

Senior Director, Investment Banking

Adrian Wright

Senior Director, Investment Banking, Private Equity and Consulting Business Development

Adrian leads Business Development across Investment Banking, Private Equity and Consulting clients in EMEA and APAC. He has 20 years' experience working in the financial services industry, having spent 13 years working in Equity Capital Markets for Rothschild and RBS, before moving to Acuity Knowledge Partners in 2013. He has a deep knowledge of financial markets, having originated and executed over USD50bn of ECM transactions across a wide range of sectors, products and geographies. He has extensive experience working with and advising the majority of Investment Banking coverage and product groups, and leading global Private Equity firms. Adrian holds a MA (Hons Oxon) in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from the University of Oxford.

Adrian Wright
Adrian Wright

Senior Director, Investment Banking, Private Equity and Consulting Business Development

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