Oliver Stratton
Managing Director
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25 years consulting and investing in Asia
Works with private equity and corporates on performance improvement and turnarounds
Engineering degree from Cambridge University and MBA from Harvard Business School
Based in Hong Kong
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Private equity firms investing in Asia are increasingly looking to operational value addition. While not always straightforward to implement if they hold a minority stake, those firms work in partnership with other stakeholders to improve EBITDA and therefore investment returns.
Oliver Stratton is a Managing Director and co-heads Alvarez & Marsal’s Asian practice in Hong Kong. With more than 20 years of experience in consulting and private equity (PE) in Asia, his primary areas of concentration are business strategy, performance improvement, operational turnarounds and mergers and acquisitions, including transaction due diligence and post-merger integration.

Mr. Stratton has worked with clients across a range of industries including private equity, financial services, telecom, consumer goods and retail, industrial products and services, transportation and logistics and energy and resources.

Before joining A&M, he spent 20 years with Bain & Company, including 10 years as a Partner. He was a senior member of the team that established Bain’s offices in Hong Kong and Seoul, and also served as head of the Hong Kong office for five years. There, he led relationships with Asian and multinational clients across the continent, working extensively in Greater China, Southeast Asia, Korea, Japan and Australia.

Notable achievements include: developing successful China strategies, for example, with a global beverage company leading to a market leadership position within five years of entry, and with an Asian food company resulting in consensus on priority acquisition targets; leading multiyear business transformations with local companies facing significant market and regulatory changes that generated substantial financial impact; and leading a multi-country post-merger integration that delivered $100 million synergies for a global consumer products company.

As a leader of Bain’s PE consulting team in Hong Kong, Mr. Stratton built a practice that served most of the global, regional and major local country funds operating in Asia. Working with those clients, he led many due diligence and portfolio company performance improvement assignments across a range of industry sectors and with a particular emphasis on Greater China.

He also spent two years as a managing director with Candover as part of its leadership team, establishing the company's PE business in Asia. Besides helping to expand their European-based portfolio businesses into Asia, he was responsible for sourcing investment opportunities in Greater China and Southeast Asia and leading transaction teams in due diligence and deal structuring. He led Candover’s regional strategy in the energy and resources sector with emphasis on investing in Australia. In addition, he helped manage an effort to raise a $400 million Asia fund.

Mr. Stratton earned a master’s degree in engineering from Cambridge University and an MBA from Harvard Business School. A British national, he has been based in Hong Kong since 1988.