'Independence' means freedom from external control. The partners own Beaton Capital. Strategic and financial advice is our only business.
'Focus' means concentrated energy and sharpness of vision. Beaton Capital specialises in what we know best, professional services.
'Experience' means knowledge accumulated from many years of participation and observation. The partners of Beaton Capital have worked in the professions since the 1980s.
'Excellence' means the highest quality. The partners and staff of Beaton Capital aim to be world class in everything we do.
‘Beaton Capital has the intellectual rigour and depth of experience to mark it out as a global leader in providing independent, focused advice to professional services firms. Very few others even come close.’
Beaton Capital is a leading independent corporate advisory firm operating in Australia and Asia providing strategic and financial advice to our clients.
We specialise in advising professional service firms on:
- Mergers and acquisitions
- Owners’ exits and divestments
- Balance sheet and capital optimisation
Our knowledge and expertise come from a combination of our professional careers, our extensive involvement in advising leading legal, accounting, financial, engineering and other professional services including healthcare and the rich research undertaken by ourselves and by our sister company, Beaton Research + Consulting.
As a Beaton company, we are widely trusted with a legacy of more than 25 years’ work among professional service firms, professional faculties of leading universities and professional associations.
We do not divulge the names of our clients, past or present.
We undertake our work from our offices in Brisbane, Hong Kong, Melbourne and Sydney.
- Beaton Capital and Future Exploration Network present Clients and Firms of the Future: How to Compete, a seminar designed for senior leaders in professional services about why and how firms will have to change to compete profitably for clients in the future. More information on the seminar and how to register is available here.
- NewLaw New Rules is a new book published by Beaton Capital showing how trends in industry structure and clients buying behaviour are changing the legal landscape – and in doing so creating opportunities for a new category of legal services provider and also challenging law firms based on the traditional business model. Watch the informative trailer here.
- Beaton Capital's latest Global Issues paper has been written by Warren Riddell. To read it and others head over to our white papers page.
Coming soon. Beaton's 2015 calendar of master classes, forums and seminars across Australia
- George Beaton recently spoke in Toronto on the Australian experience with deregulation of law firm ownership, in Chicago at the ClioCloud9 Conference, and in London at The Future of Law Summit. For further details please contact George.
Warren Riddell recently spoke at the first Legal Management Forum held in Madrid on 21 October 2014. The Legal Management Forum was organised jointly by Wolters Kluwer and Inkietos and was attended by some 500 of the leading practitioners in Spain.
Highlights in our blog: Bigger. Better. Both?
How much is my firm worth?
Late last year Spruson & Ferguson, an IP professional services firm, listed on the Australian Stock Exchange at a valuation of 13.9 times its profit on revenue of $82.8m. From what I can glean from the prospectus $160m was raised for the 19 partners, with none of this capital remaining in the business. The expression […] Read more…
Fresh thinking on the evolving BigLaw–NewLaw taxonomy
January 22, 2015 revision. Based on public and private feedback from many sources, I have revised the title of this post by changing the notion of a ‘continuum’ to one of a ‘taxonomy’. No other changes have been made to the original post. As the conversation develops, I add Comments to reflect the prevailing thinking where I discern a […] Read more…
To grow profitably, what was on your firm’s Christmas wish list?
As the managing partners of mid-tier law firms settled down for a well earned break during the festive season, they might have stopped to consider how their firms are going to grow profitably in 2015? I suspect many will have had laterals on their firm’s Christmas wish list. A recent survey of Australian law firms, published recently […] Read more…
Applying Clayton Christensen’s theories to BigLaw vs NewLaw
Harvard’s Clayton Christensen introduced his theory of disruptive innovation in The Innovator’s Dilemma, published in 1997. While challenged earlier last year in an article in The New Yorker, Christensen’s work on the origins and consequences of disruptive innovation continues to be held as gospel in management thinking. In 2013 he applied his theory to the management […] Read more…
Asia Law Portal contributes more to legal services in Asia
Through Asia Law Portal the redoubtable John Grimley continues to make a major contribution to understanding legal services in Asia. John Grimley’s inaugural list of ‘30 people to watch in the business of law in Asia in 2015‘ is yet another way he is contributing to our understanding of legal services in Asia. Read more…