Teneo acquires Montreal-based Hatley Strategy Advisors

16 January 2020 Consulting.ca

Teneo, a New York-based management consultancy, has acquired Hatley Strategy Advisors, a boutique Montreal firm focusing on strategy, communications, and government relations.

Hatley was founded in 2010, and has a team of approximately 15 professionals. The firm advises clients on their interactions with governments and public bodies, provides strategic advice on business initiatives and priorities, and also advises on media relations, image and reputation management, public awareness campaigns, and entry into the Quebec market.

The firm is led by partners Adam Daifallah, Carl Vallée, and Alexandre Meterissian. Daifallah previously practiced law at Norton Rose Fulbright, sat on the National Post’s editorial board, and was Washington correspondent for the New York Sun. Vallée, who leads the strategic communications practice, was previously the press secretary and spokesperson for former PM Stephen Harper, while Meterissian, who heads the government relations group, has extensive experience on Parliament Hill.

Teneo acquires Montreal-based Hatley Strategy Advisors

Teneo’s acquisition of Hatley expands its capabilities and expertise in Canada. The move also adds a new office in Montreal, complementing Teneo’s previous location in Toronto.

"With offices in Toronto and Montréal, we are now better positioned to provide high quality strategic advice in both of Canada's official languages across multiple jurisdictions," said James Crossland, chairman of Teneo Canada. "Teneo's recent success reflects the seniority, depth, and quality of our people, which deepens with the acquisition of Hatley. I'm very pleased to welcome Adam, Carl, Alexandre and their colleagues to our growing Canadian team.”

Founded in 2011, Teneo bills itself as “the global CEO advisory firm,” opting to work exclusively with CEOs and senior executives. The firm provides a full suite of consulting services, including management consulting, risk, capital, corporate governance, strategy & communications, and talent advisory.

Teneo has rapidly expanded to an employee base of 800 people, with 20 offices across the Americas, EMEA, and Asia-Pacific. The consultancy has supported a significant number of Fortune 100 and FTSE 100 companies.

"The addition of the Hatley team reflects our commitment to investing in our business to provide CEOs and boards with world-class strategic advice everywhere we operate," said Declan Kelly, chairman and CEO of Teneo.

The transaction marks the firm’s 11th acquisition since its founding nine years ago. The company last year acquired Quay Advisers, a Sydney, Australia–based communications consultancy.


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