Professional Services

Deals Activity: Moderate

Restructuring Activity: Moderate

A spike in deal activity has benefitted the sector but a staff shortage has driven up costs.

Deals activity in Professional Services

1. The sector historically experiences high levels of deal activity as smaller local operators consolidate to build scale and market share.

2. Though borrowing costs may create an obstacle to deal activity, we anticipate strategic M&A to remain a key feature of this sector.

Restructuring activity in Professional Services

Professional Services

As the economy emerged from the pandemic, there was a rush of activity across a range of sectors. Pent-up demand for M&A and real estate deals kept lawyers, accountants and other professional advisors busy.

It resulted in a significant uplift in wage demands and a marked uptake in churn, as employees moved from one firm to another. Costs have been pushed higher, including one-off recruitment and training expenses, placing pressure on profitability.

Firms with particularly expensive cost bases may find maintaining bottom-line performance more challenging as the economy weakens.

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Rick Harrison is Interpath Sector Lead for 'Services'. This includes Professional Services as one of two core segments. Chris Wise leads Interpath's approach to the Professional Services sector nationally. For a full list of our senior people with experience in this sector use the button below.

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