Case Study: Alexander Mann

James Caan

James grew his first recruitment venture to a multinational group with 30 offices in the UK, Europe, Asia and Australia. Alexander Mann was most recently sold to OMERS for £820m in 2018 and is now delivering over £1.2bn in revenues and £35m in EBITDA




Staff Members



Drive and Determination.

This was James’ first venture, which started in 1985 from a small broom cupboard; James, aged just 25, spotted a gap in the market and launched a headhunting firm focusing on mid-level search.

The business model focused on identifying niche markets with growth potential; this resulted in partnerships across sectors, the first such model in the UK

The individual businesses benefited from commercial and financial synergies of a shared infrastructure which provided a strategy for growth, and one of the leading training programmes, implanting a culture of success in the employees

We Backed:

Rosaleen Blair

Alexander Mann evolved to a global leader in RPO (Recruitment Process Outsourcing) securing significant long term contracts, which resulted in the exit valuation multiple being significantly higher than traditional recruitment companies


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