Springboard provides Management Advice on Acquisition of Arum Systems


Springboard Corporate Finance has advised incoming CEO Mark Johnston on his investment in leading consultancy Arum Systems.

About the deal

Arum is a London, Edinburgh and Dublin based consultancy, providing services to an international, primarily blue-chip client base in banking, utilities, BPO and financial service sectors. Arum’s areas of expertise include credit management, debt collections and recoveries strategy, operations, data & analytics, systems capability and software development.

Mark Johnston is an experienced CEO who previously ran Methods.  He is a significant investor in the transaction alongside serial entrepreneur and lead investor Jamie Waller.  Mark was advised throughout the transaction by Springboard Corporate Finance who devised an innovative investment structure.

Mark commented “I am delighted to be working alongside Jamie and the management team.  Arum has a great reputation in its industry and is known for its expertise, quality of service, transparency and ability to deliver.”

Mark Johnston was advised on his investment by Springboard partner Simon Ward. Simon commented “We are delighted to have delivered this deal for Mark. Arum is a well positioned business working for a extremely impressive client base”.

How we made a difference

  • Devised deal structure that met the objectives of Mark Johnston;
  • Worked closely with legal and tax advisors to ensure the deal was delivered; and
  • Provided commercial advice on all aspects of the transaction.

The Client on Springboard

“Springboard provided invaluable advice to me.  They understood my objectives and worked to develop a structure that met them.  They provided creative, experienced and practical advice on all aspects of the deal. Springboard were accessible, knowledgeable and engaged at every stage of the process.”

Mark Johnston – CEO, Arum Systems


"The sale of Portman was a complex transaction, Springboard provided excellent support to the institutional and management shareholders throughout the process. Their practical, partner led advice was invaluable in delivering a successful outcome."
Daryl CohenVision Capital
"We are indebted to Springboard for their professional and dedicated work in successfully bringing the two companies together. Their experience proved invaluable in addressing the complex negotiations whilst allowing the management team to focus on continuing to grow the business. I am in no doubt that Springboard saved us time and energy, reduced our stress, and worked tirelessly to achieve this outcome."
Brian McCluskieTollblend
“It’s a great feeling knowing that we had a highly professional and experienced team of advisors supporting us throughout. It was invaluable having Springboard managing the whole process for us which enabled us to keep our focus on running our business. They are particularly diligent and remained 100% focused on keeping the deal fully on track and getting us to the end point.”
Hilary ScanlonAshley Kate HR