Founded in 1976, Livingstone was the UK’s first M&A boutique. Our vision was the same then as it is today: to provide best-in-class investment banking advice with an entrepreneurial ‘twist’ to mid-market clients; clients who often feel neglected by the ‘bulge bracket’ banks and uninspired by the larger accounting firms.
In 1993, Livingstone became the first mid-market corporate finance firm to recognize the importance of developing an international M&A capability, and was instrumental in the creation of EuroMerger, one of the world’s first international networks of M&A boutiques. In 1999, members of the four teams that were to become Livingstone Partners played an important role in the creation of a larger partnership, Global M&A, through a partial merger with EuroMerger.
In 1994, Livingstone first cooperated with its team in Spain, a relationship that prospered over the next two decades. Between 1995 and 2006, Thompson Financial ranked Livingstone the #1 boutique by level of M&A activity in the UK.
In 2000, Livingstone first came into contact with its US team, a relationship that has since flourished since and generated substantial fee income.
In 2005, Livingstone celebrated the completion of its 300th deal in a 10 year period and, in 2006, we received industry recognition when Livingstone won Boutique of the Year at the BVCA Private Equity Awards.
In early 2007, Livingstone made a decisive move towards fulfilling its long-term strategy of delivering a seamless cross-border M&A service to middle-market clients through a merger with members of its former partners in Global M&A in Spain and the US. That year saw the Livingstone team complete 50 transactions with an aggregate deal value of $2.5bn. During the year, the team grew to 60 full time staff.
In 2008, the firm was once again recognized as the Boutique of the Year at the Private Equity Awards.
In 2009, the Livingstone team completed 32 transactions with an aggregate deal value of $1.35bn
In 2010, Livingstone was voted "Mid-Market Advisor of the Year" by Acquisitions Monthly and "Best Independent Corporate Finance House" at the Private Equity Awards, the third time in 5 years. The team was further enhanced as its former partners in Germany were re-united with their former colleagues to create Livingstone’s Düsseldorf office.
In 2012, Livingstone launched Livingstone Beijing, a joint-venture with local investment bank Baron Group, with which Livingstone has worked successfully for more than six years. This gave our clients access to the most acquisitive state-owned and private sector groups and investors across mainland China and Hong Kong.