Fri, Jun 12, 2020

Duff & Phelps Expands Consumer M&A Advisory Practice with Jon Pratt as Managing Director

Boston – Duff & Phelps, the global advisor that protects, restores and maximizes value for clients, today announced that Jon Pratt has joined the firm as a managing director in the Consumer M&A Advisory practice, based in Boston.

At Duff & Phelps, Pratt advises consumer products companies seeking mergers, sales, divestitures and financing, with a particular focus on clients in the food and beverage, e-commerce and branded consumer products sectors. He also leads the origination of corporate finance business in the New England region and supports Duff & Phelps broader business initiatives in Asia.

Pratt has over 25 years of investment banking and investment advisor experience and has represented a broad range of U.S. and international clients on sell-side, buy-side and capital raising transactions within the food and beverage, e-commerce and packaging sectors. He has also advised and worked with companies across other industry sectors including technology, financial institutions, industrials, energy and public sector.

Bob Bartell, Managing Director and Global Head of Corporate Finance at Duff & Phelps, commented, “The consumer sector experienced a slowdown in transaction activity due to COVID-19, but as economies start to reopen and business activities return to normal, strategic buyers and financial investors are revisiting transactions. Jon’s addition to the team comes at a time when our present and future clients in the consumer sector need sound advice to ensure they emerge from the pandemic stronger than before. I look forward to Jon’s great success at Duff & Phelps and watching our clients benefit from his expertise.”

Pratt joins Duff & Phelps from Tully & Holland where he provided M&A and financing advisory for middle-market and consumer retail companies, focusing on the food and beverage, retail and e-commerce sectors. Prior to Tully & Holland, Pratt was the Head of Hong Kong Investment Banking and Chairman of Global Finance, Asia Pacific at Barclays.

About Duff & Phelps
Duff & Phelps is the global advisor that protects, restores and maximizes value for clients in the areas of valuation, corporate finance, disputes and investigations, cyber security, claims administration and regulatory issues. We work with clients across diverse sectors on matters of good governance and transparency. With Kroll, the leading global provider of risk solutions, and Prime Clerk, the leader in complex business services and claims administration, our firm has nearly 4,000 professionals in 25 countries around the world. For more information, visit

M&A advisory, capital raising and secondary market advisory services in the United States are provided by Duff & Phelps Securities, LLC. Member FINRA/SIPC. Pagemill Partners is a Division of Duff & Phelps Securities, LLC. M&A advisory, capital raising and secondary market advisory services in the United Kingdom are provided by Duff & Phelps Securities Ltd. (DPSL), which is authorized and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority. Valuation Advisory Services in India are provided by Duff & Phelps India Private Limited under a category 1 merchant banker license issued by the Securities and Exchange Board of India.

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