"Imagination and creativity."
"Great team with a driven, performance-based culture, with little face-time."
"Exposure to clients."
"The typical disadvantages of a smaller company (i.e. prestige, smaller network)."
"Lack of brand value to those outside of consulting industry."
"Lack of proper management layers."
"True strategy at Board and CEO level."
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 and ideas).
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).
71 Macquarie Street
Sydney NSW 2000
Phone: +61 2 9334 7600
Employer Type: Private
Managing Director: Joseph Crepaldi