Reaching a Crescendo
Sydney-based Crescendo Partners is a boutique consulting,
advisory and private equity firm offering services to large and
mid-size corporations, as well as private equity firms. While the
firm's clients are mainly located in Australia and South East Asia,
Crescendo has operated all over the world, completing assignments
in over 40 countries worldwide, including the U.S., U.K., Russia,
South America, Africa and mainland Europe.
The firm's strategy consulting services typically tackle issues
that are of concern to top management within an organization, and
include: strategy and corporate identity; portfolio management;
"where and how to grow"; anticipation/reaction competitors' moves;
best in class structure and processes; competitive cost structure;
global strategy; and international growth.
According to its site, the firm refers to its business model as
"consulting plus"-a term that refers to "the synergistic
combination of consulting services, transactional support and
direct participation into client businesses." An accompanying
diagram on the site depicts the combination of consulting (insight,
organizational impact and problem solving, information gather and
analytics) and capital (value extraction, investment/risk sharing
The model is entirely consistent with the firm's overall vision
of creating value for clients through commercially driven advice.
Such is the focus in that area, indeed, that the firm's senior
practitioners spend most of their time actually working on
projects, rather than simply trying to win the next piece of
business (as is the case at some competitors).