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Great Fridays

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November 2014


About the Client

Established in 2008, Great Fridays is a product and service design group, specialising in the design and implementation of strategies that help clients maximise success across all of their customer channels: digital, physical and human interactions. Headquartered in Manchester, UK, with studios in London, San Francisco and New York, Great Fridays focuses on bridging the gap between business and design. Through its design-focused thinking, Great Fridays has helped companies such as Sonos, Pearson, MasterCard and Vodafone, create not only beautiful products and services but also smart new business practices that deliver lasting commercial value and business transformation.
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About the Deal

GP Bullhound acted as the exclusive financial advisor to Great Fridays, a product and service design group, on its sale to EPAM (NYSE:EPAM. Market Cap. $2.2bn), a leading provider of product development and software engineering solutions.
This represents the completion of GP Bullhound’s 26th transaction in 2014 and further highlights the firm’s commitment to working with category leaders in the Design Services sector.



Tiff Pike, CFO at Great Fridays commented: “GP Bullhound have been a great advisor, working with us to position the company for the next phase of our journey. They were instrumental in introducing us to a partner who can help us realise our full potential and in structuring a transaction that worked for all parties. GP Bullhound’s deep sector knowledge, global network and strong advisory experience proved invaluable in this process.”
“The combination of Great Fridays and EPAM, who are both recognized leaders in their respective fields, will create a powerful force in the design sector.” said GP Bullhound Partner Alec Dafferner.