EY-Parthenon Acquires Bulger Partners to Enhance Its Strategic Advisory Offerings for the Software Economy

  • Acquisition capitalizes on technological integration into core economic sectors and the corresponding needs for technology-oriented advisory solutions

Ernst & Young US LLP today announced its acquisition of the management and strategy consulting business of Bulger Partners, LLC, a firm specializing in the software industry that has advised on over $40 billion in software-related transactions. The acquisition was completed Friday, August 24, and the former Bulger practice will operate under the EY-Parthenon brand.

The acquisition will expand and deepen EY-Parthenon’s advisory services as technological convergence drives demand for software-focused advice. The combined business establishes a leading strategic advisory software practice serving private equity investors and their portfolio companies from diligence through strategy and execution.

“The combined EY-Parthenon and Bulger Partners capabilities will create a leading strategic advisory software team serving private equity investors, their portfolio and beyond,” said Jim Hsu, Senior Managing Director and Americas Leader, EY-Parthenon. “In addition, we will bring these capabilities to our corporate clients who continue to invest heavily in software and technology as the key drivers of their growth.”

“We are thrilled to join an organization with the global scale and depth that EY offers, allowing us to expand our reach and deepen our client relationships,” said Chris Bulger, Managing Partner, Bulger Partners. “Given EY-Parthenon’s growth and our shared entrepreneurial cultures, we envision a combined entity that will help maximize value to clients, empower and enhance the potential of our workforce, and continue to positively impact the highly-active private equity industry.”

As part of the transaction, over 40 Bulger Partners consultants including 8 senior executives, under the continued leadership of Jeff Vogel, Managing Director of Bulger Partners, will join EY-Parthenon, a strategy practice within the EY Transaction Advisory Services (TAS) service line. The team will form a horizontally-oriented Software practice group and will continue to support and grow its blue chip client base, while also collaborating with and supporting the other EY-Parthenon sectors on client engagements in the software economy. 

“This acquisition will help us tap into a critical need in the PE space, and builds on our overall strategy offering since we acquired EY-Parthenon in 2014,” said Bill Casey, EY Americas Vice Chair, Transaction Advisory Services. “It also reinforces our commitment to providing holistic services from strategy through execution and beyond, including recent expansions to our Restructuring, Infrastructure, and Operations teams.”

Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

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About EY-Parthenon

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About Bulger Partners

Bulger Partners provides investment & acquisition guidance, value creation, and transaction advisory services exclusively to companies and investors in the Software Economy. Our team combines professional services excellence with technology and operating expertise. We have developed the models, industry contacts, benchmarks and methods designed for the Software Economy. We have completed hundreds of successful projects and will eagerly provide references to confirm that we deliver a unique capability to help our clients make critical decisions and complete successful transactions.