Eaton Capital Partners is recognised as a trusted advisor to domestic and international firms, with deep experience in the professional services sector, including the legal industry. We’re proud to have advised and worked with magic circle and leading global US law firms, leading Australian law firms, international engineering firms, international diversified consultancies and global management consultancies.

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Cross Border Sale and Expansionary Market Entry

Led the sale of HK Logistics, a large international logistics provider to The Palladium Group, (AUD$500m revenues) as part of Palladium’s repositioning as an international professional services firm covering strategic consulting, International Development Assistance (IDA), impact investment and logistics.

Cross Border Sale and Market Entry and Expansion

Facilitated the Australian launch of CDM Smith, an American engineering and professional services firm (US$1.2bn revenues), through two acquisitions following assessment of 20 plus potential acquisition targets.

Acquired E3 in Brisbane and Sydney and NTEC Environmental Technology in Perth setting CDM Smith up as an international engineering and environmental consulting firm in Australia, and leading the Asia Pacific region expansion for the head office in Boston.

Cross Border Sale and Market Entry

Led the sale of JTA, an Australian based health services IDA firm to Abt Associates, an international health, education and IDA firm based in Boston (US$650m turnover) following a worldwide search. We then assisted Abt Associates in the firm’s UK market entry.

Law Firm Re-Structure (Top Tier)

Completed a major strategy and change management assignment over 18 months for Freehill Hollingdale Page (now HSF) to consolidate a federated law practice of more than 100 partners under a single governance and management structure across five national offices and 7 major business units. Increased partner earnings and PEP by 40% after 2 years.

International Law Firm Combination

Mandated by the Perth office of Minter Ellison to find the firm’s 20 partners an international platform to merge with, leaving the Minter Ellison federated practice.

We met with 8 UK firms and 5 US firms and facilitated the combination of the Perth office with Squire Sanders (now Squire Patton Boggs) (USD $600m revenue at the time) and then opened their Sydney office through a managing partner and group from Allens in Sydney. ECP continued to support the Australian and Asian practices of the firm in an advisory and professional search capacity.

Regional Consolidation Strategy – Environmental Consulting

Managed for EnviroSolutions and Consulting the acquisition of Indonesia based GreenCap, a subsidiary of Wesfarmers. Assisted in the integration following the acquisition, including providing CFO services.

UK Sale to Australian Public Company – IDA

Advised on the sale of Libra Group, an international consultancy based in the UK providing policy, advisory, and management services in security and justice sector to Coffey International Development (AU$800m revenue at the time).

Capital Management – Legal Professional Services

Raising capital for PMI, a UK based professional services peak body, and owner of the Managing Partners Forum and the Professional Marketing Forum to assist in the firm’s international expansion in servicing the legal and marketing sectors.

Market Research, Leadership and Insights

Launched Australia’s first Managing Partner Survey uncovering strategy, growth and culture insights from legal leaders in Australia’s premium law firms.

Strategic Law Firm Expansion

Placement of senior M&A specialists for Jones Day, a legal institution with over 2,500 lawyers over 5 continents, first in Sydney and then in Brisbane, and assisting to open the Brisbane office. Continuing strategic advice and discreet partner placement within Jones Day in Australia.

Domestic Growth Strategy

Ensured the successful expansion of a national law firm in Perth by securing a senior dispute resolution partner from a global law firm.

Asia Pacific Strategy – Legal Services

Advised Chadbourne & Parke on the firm’s re-entry into the Singapore market and assisted in the setting up of a Singapore office to compliment the firm’s existing international project finance practice base.

Management Consulting Roll Up

Raised capital from a UK private equity firm and Australian investors to back an international management consulting firm roll up with offices in London, New York, Sydney and Melbourne. Completed 3 acquisitions over 3 years and prepared and advised the company in their sale to FTI Consulting, Inc. a US based listed global business advisory firm.

Capital Management – Management Consulting

Raised capital for WDScott Ltd and originated and advised on the acquisition of Distinct Partners in Dublin and the UK, undertaking a transformative merger for the firm and the re-launch of a new era of profitability and growth for the company.

Acquisition of an International IDA Firm

Originated and advised on the acquisition of Global Justice Solutions (GJS) by WDScott Ltd. GJS was a global consulting and project management business specialising in development assistance to governments, major development agencies and other national-level clients in the areas of law, justice, policing and governance.

Sale of an International IDA Firm

Originating and advising on the sale of Global Justice Solutions (GJS) to Coffey International. GJS was a global consulting and project management business specialising in development assistance to governments, major development agencies and other national-level clients in the areas of law, justice, policing and governance.

International Law Firm Australian Market Entry

Completed a market mapping and strategic analysis exercise for Hogan Lovells (US$1.5bn revenues at the time) for a market entry into Australia, prior to their actual entry.

International Law Firm Australian Market Entry

Completed a market mapping and strategic analysis exercise for a UK based Magic Circle firm for a potential market entry into Australia, forming part of their decision not to enter the Australian market.

International Law Firm Asia Pacific Market Entry

Completed a major strategic analysis exercise on the Asia Pacific market for the board of Reed Smith, an international law firm (US$1bn revenues at the time) for a market entry into Shanghai, Singapore and Australia. The research supported the Asian strategy and concluded that it was unwise to enter the Australian market at the time.

Australian Law Firm Singapore Market Entry and International Combination Advice

Completed a market mapping and strategic analysis exercise for Gadens Lawyers and assisted in the opening of their Singapore office, and through the combination analysis recommended Dentons as a suitable combination target.

International Law Firm Australian Expansion

Completed a full potential partner mapping exercise for Hogan Lovells (US$1.5bn revenues at the time) to support their Australian expansion into Sydney and Perth, placing 4 partners in the first year.

Capital Raising and Advisory Support for Start Up Disruptor Law Firm

Raised the initial capital for the launch of Advent Lawyers in Sydney and Melbourne. The first Australian “NewLaw” firm of its type. Assisted in the opening of their Singapore office and their merger with Balance Legal to form Advent Balance in readiness for their combination with Lawyers on Demand (LOD) in the UK for a significant return to the original shareholders.

Capital Raising and Advisory Support for Tech Company in Legal Services

Raised the initial capital and seed round for Crowd & Co, a highly innovative tech platform marketplace for lawyers, law firms and corporates. Set up the governance structure, produced a compelling information memorandum and completed two successful rounds of capital raising to launch the company in Australia and the UK.

Advisory and Strategy

Research and acquisition strategy for Cardno Ltd, a listed professional services, engineering and IDA  company over 4 years. Reviewed over 50 acquisition targets and was involved in ten acquisitions in Australia, UK and the USA.

Capital Raising – Implicit Bioscience

Raised capital for an impact investment drug which aimed to reverse limited growth and intellectual development in more than 160 million children worldwide that suffer from malnourishment.

Advise Firm to Transition to a Fully Integrated Business Model

Stephen Moss has partnered with Managing Partners in the legal sector for more than 30 years. In the 1980s, as an advisor to the Managing Partner of Clayton Utz, he helped the firm transition to a fully integrated business model, including the formation of regional practices and the provision of financial and organisational consultancy over several years building thriving teams of lawyers in domestic and international markets.