Fishawack Communications

A global healthcare communications specialist

Fishawack Communications




UK, USA and Switzerland

Deal type

Management Buyout

Investment size

£4.5m - 1.9x return

Investment date(s)

2008, 2009, 2010 - 2013


"We have worked closely with YFM since the MBO, strengthening and developing a new strategy to accelerate growth. YFM is a strong partner at this time of transformation and funded the first three acquisitions."

Oliver Dennis, co-founder of Fishawack

The business

  • A communications agency offering a wide range of services to the healthcare market
  • Specialists in support services for the pharmaceutical industry
  • A strong reputation and highly regarded in the sector

The strategy

  • Double the number of customers and treble the size of the business over five years
  • Become the leading independently owned medical communications agency in the UK
  • Look for buy-and-build opportunities to complement the organic growth plan

The developments

  • Completed three strategic acquisitions in the UK, USA and Switzerland via further investment from YFM
  • Strengthened the senior management team to facilitate the rapid expansion and increased annual sales to over £9m
  • Exited in 2013 as part of a £14m secondary buyout, generating a 1.9x return for YFM funds
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