BRG creates integrated strategic performance solutions group

14 September 2022 2 min. read

Berkeley Research Group (BRG) has created an integrated strategic performance solutions (SPS) group within its corporate finance practice.

The SPS group gathers together BRG’s performance improvement, finance excellence, and private equity portfolio company services teams. It will provide a holistic, cross-industry offering to private equity sponsors, private debt investors, and corporate clients.

The combined BRG teams bring deep expertise in operations and financial advisory, and will help clients identify and align on strategic improvement initiatives that drive meaningful results and organizational change.

The Emeryville, California-based consultancy has tapped managing director Brian Murphy to lead the group. Murphy joined BRG in 2020 and leads the private equity portfolio company services and finance excellence teams.

Brian Murphy, Berkeley Research Group

He previously spent eight years at Advent International, where he was an executive director for portfolio support, and 15 years at Bain Capital, where he was an operating partner. He began his career as a consultant at Bain & Company.

Murphy has an MBA from Harvard University and a bachelor’s degree in computer science and economics from Duke University.

“By unifying the various Corporate Finance performance improvement efforts, we can better serve our clients with a broad array of functional and industrial sector expertise,” said Murphy. “While much of our focus will be on private capital investors and their portfolio investments, our service offerings will be very attractive to both private and public companies.”

Bob Duffy, head of BRG’s corporate finance practice, says his practice has seen tremendous growth in the last several years, driven largely by turnaround and M&A engagements.

“The Strategic Performance Solutions group and their extraordinary talent will further propel our growth,” Duffy said. “This team gives us the critical mass needed to directly pursue healthy companies that are challenged by strategic, operational, or organizational issues, while better positioning us to bring a multi-dimensional operational performance improvement capability to the many high-profile restructurings we lead.”

BRG has more than 1,200 professionals across offices in the Americas, EMEA, and Asia-Pacific regions who advise on disputes and investigations, corporate finance, and strategy and operations.