Stax

+94-11-288-7815 http://www.stax.com/

Stax is a nimble mid-sized firm with big-firm credentials.

Deep experience in corporate strategy, including an array of services to help management grow organically and make better M&A decisions
Global, with offices in Boston, Chicago, New York, and Colombo, Sri Lanka
Corporate clients ranging from $200 million local companies to $30 billion global corporations (including 27 of the Fortune 500)
Private-equity firms across the size spectrum (including 14 of the 20 largest LBO firms in the world)
Focus on high-impact strategic assignments, not broad academic exercises
Nearly 20-year track record of fast and accurate service delivery at a palatable price

Our clients tell us they like how we listen, get to the heart of the matter quickly, develop clear fact-based answers, and leave them with practical next steps. And that we do all this without getting in the way of them running their business.They frequently note how differentiated this all is in the world of strategic consulting, urging, “Don’t lose that.” They can rest assured: We won’t.

Our staff has unmatched opportunities for personal growth. Unlike larger firms, where new team members typically wait years for direct client interaction, and far longer to lead engagements in partner-heavy environments, our combination of smaller size and prestigious clients exposes staff to such opportunities far sooner than the big firms. Along the way, they’re working side by side with—and learning from—some of the smartest people in the business.

Whether it’s solving critical business issues or building careers, Stax brings you things that other firms just can’t match.

Core Competencies / Specializations

While our services are carefully tailored to the needs of each engagement, everything we do is driven by an approach built on several guiding principles.

Work closely with the client to frame the problem. Virtually any objective, no matter how ambitious, can be achieved by breaking down the broader issue into component parts and asking the right questions to solve each of them. At Stax, we have great experience in shaping this kind of collaborative triage to effectively hone in on the most critical decision points.
Use the client’s time efficiently; don’t “move in.” Our clients tell us that interacting with some consulting firms can become a full-time chore. We recognize that you have a day job. Stax is known for gathering the information we need to get to work very quickly, and then moving on to do our work away from your premises—no constant care and feeding required. We provide progress reports and seek feedbackat regularly scheduled intervals, but this is always done with the utmost respect for your team’s time. We work iteratively and collaboratively with our clients—seeking to share findings and learn from each other along the way rather than waiting until the end to see if the pieces come together.
Dig deeply to gain fact-based insights. No real solution comes from conjecture. In every case, we start with gathering all the relevant information we need, within the client’s time and other constraints, to provide a full picture of the environment relating to the issue at hand, including opportunities and key risks. At Stax, we have considerable in-house expertise to dig out the facts; a broad range of contacts from whom to gather them (including senior-level decision makers, among industry peers/competitors, players in adjacent industries, suppliers, industry experts, third-party research, and—most importantly—current and potential customers); the experience to know which of these sources are best for the specific information we’re seeking for you; and a range of language skills to draw needed insights from all over the world.
Identify implications. Getting a clearer picture of the environment in which you or a target company need to compete is only the first step. More important is translating the identified trends into their particular impact on the business. Based on the information we gather in our initial discussions, we’ll provide a clear assessment of where the business stands today relative to where it should be, as well as any potential roadblocks that may hinder its getting there.
Leave behind recommendations that are actionable. At Stax, we believe it’s not enough to simply identify and dimension the problems; you need specific action plans, supported by facts, to address them. Not only will we provide you with clear next steps, we will also strategize with you on the most effective ways to communicate the recommendations to key constituencies in order to accelerate needed buy-in, such as division management, the Board of Directors, or lenders.

Key Clientele

Stax has served a diverse client base across industries and around the world.

Stax’s corporate clients range from publicly traded Fortune 100 companies in financial services, technology, manufacturing, education, and healthcare, to niche $50 million dollar companies in the portfolios of our private equity clients.

Stax’s private equity clients include 14 of the largest 20 LBO funds globally and a significant number of middle-market firms. These PE firms range in strategy from growth to leverage to credit and distressed investing.

These clients all have several things in common. First, a need for fact-based answers to make strategic business decisions. Second, a knowledge that Stax will get those answers quickly and effectively—and translate them into tangible next steps. And, third, a comfort level that we will do all this without the intrusiveness that comes as part of working with many strategy consulting firms.

Recognitions / Achievements

Client Testimonials

“I really appreciated the way the Stax team respected our team’s time, gathering the input they needed from us very quickly, then getting on with the project.” – Scott Clawson, President & CEO, Culligan International

“You helped us not only refine our business model, but also accelerate our launch by several months, which is a lifetime for a tech start-up!” – Rajesh Anandan, UNICEF/ULTRA

“Within 12 weeks you guys helped us understand the market and reposition our efforts, which resulted in fast returns.” – Major retail company

“Good thing you helped us dodge that bullet.” – PE firm one year after we helped them walk away from a target company that ultimately went bankrupt

“You provided value in week one, and clearly breached the wall at our firm.” – Leading Tech LBO firm

“Other firms take a week to read back to me what I told them in the first meeting. Stax teaches me something new right away.” – Principal, top 10 LBO firm

“You look at information for what it is, with an open view.” – Group Executive, major financial services firm

“Actionable, don’t lose that. The big firms don’t have it.” – CEO, multi-billion dollar corporation

“I’ve never seen anyone triage the opportunities like Stax.” – Principal, portfolio operations groups, top 10 LBO firm

“You helped us get a global point of view, fast.” – Leading manufacturing firm

Strengths and other Products and Services

Stax combines deep industry experience with intensive research and analysis to develop actionable, fact-based answers for clients.

Services include corporate strategy; growth strategy; incremental profit improvement; channel & digital strategy; M&A and commercial due diligence; and multi-country engagements. Stax applies a nimble, collaborative approach to drive well-informed decisions and deliver tangible results for clients.

Contact Us

  • Address:
    278/4 Access Tower II, Union Place, 15th floor Colombo 2, Sri Lanka.

Office 1

  • Address:
    278/4 Access Tower II, Union Place, 15th floor Colombo 2, Sri Lanka.
  • Phone:
    +94-11-288-7815
  • Fax:
    +94-11-288-7812

Key Executives

  • Rafi Musher , CEO
  • Mark Bremer , President
  • Ruwindhu Peiris, Director