Cedar has been assisting US clients for over three decades in the areas of market and business strategy across industry sectors. It has assisted over 600 clients, and Cedar's operations in Chicago include the strategic assets/brand and leadership of Technomic International, a leading US market and business strategy consulting firm, which it acquired in 2007. The team has best-in-class expertise in assessing markets, competition, regulations, products, technologies, future growth trends, and developing successful market growth and entry strategies not only in the US, but globally. Cedar has also assisted international clients, especially Asian and Japanese clients in the assessment of US opportunities and US strategy.
China continues to create both challenges and opportunities for international firms seeking to participate in that market. The first and second wave of investment into China has taken place, including mid-market manufacturing investments from around the world. Cedar's network office has been operating in mainland China since 1985. Since that time, it has assisted over 200 multinational firms in the development & execution of their China strategies. Core focus has been on market entry & competitive strategy, business case development, feasibility assessment & alliance/acquisition strategy, due diligence and assistance in JV/M&A transactions. Increasingly the focus is expanding to improve performance of existing assets on the ground, and investment The team's experience covers virtually all major industry sectors including FMCG, automotive, building materials & construction equipment, packaging, computers and electronics, industrial products, healthcare, telecommunication, and chemicals. Over 500 assignments been completed in China to date.
Cedar’s European headquarters is in London with network offices in France, Belgium and Germany. Cedar has a significant European Financial Services research and consulting practice. Its IBS Intelligence division provides a global perspective on banking technology with its iconic publication – IBS Journal and over 10 banking technology industry reports. It has also helped European clients including banks and PE firms in their banking technology selection and investments. Cedar’s alliance partner in France – Juhliet also deepens Cedar’s change management expertise.
Cedar has been supporting clients in India since 1991, living through the country's full economic lifecycle since its liberalization. It has assisted leading global clients enter the Indian market resulting in over $2 billion in investment. In addition, it has worked with both multinational and Indian companies in transforming their businesses and organizations and driving enterprise performance. Clients have been assisted in the areas of market assessment, strategy formulation, strategy deployment using the Balanced Scorecard, HR strategy and transformation, business process reengineering & cost reduction, and development of business technology strategy. It pretty much introduced the concept of Balanced Scorecard to India in 1997.
Cedar has been assisting Japanese clients globally since the mid-eighties. The primary focus has been on assisting leading Japanese companies in the assessment of global markets, detailed assessment of market, product and competitive dynamics, and developing strategies for accelerated growth and success. Cedar has significant expertise in the manufacturing sector and has helped Japanese clients in the food & beverage, printing & imaging, telecom, electronics, metals, energy, industrial and related equipment sectors. In addition, Cedar is in a position to not only assess opportunities, and develop strategies but also assist in the execution of the strategy including joint venture/M&A transactions, new plant location and operations set-up, due diligence, component/vendor sourcing, implementing sales, marketing and supply chain processes, and implementing HR and IT strategies.
Cedar's network office in Korea has worked with domestic and international clients since 2000. It successfully manages a vast portfolio of clients ranging from large conglomerates, to mid-size companies in all industries - Telecom, Hi-tech, Media, Manufacturing, Healthcare, Financial Services, Consumer, Construction as well as institutional investors and public institutions. Its key clients include – LG Electronics, Samsung, KT (formerly Korea Telecom), SK Telecom, Goldman Sachs, Macquarie, Hyundai among others.
Cedar has been assisting clients in the Middle East since 1999, living through the region’s rapid economic development (and challenges) in the last few years. It has advised some the region’s largest financial services organizations, family owned groups, and trading companies transform and participate in growing opportunities that are emerging across the region. With a strong client base and office in the UAE, Cedar has assisted clients in Qatar, Bahrain, Oman, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Lebanon, Egypt, and Turkey. Clients have been supported in the area of market assessment, strategy formulation, and deployment using the Balanced Scorecard, HR strategy and transformation, business process reengineering & cost reduction, and development of business technology strategy. Most of Cedar's mandates are at Board and CEO level. Over 200 consulting projects have been executed across industry sectors including financial services, Islamic banking, oil & gas, real estate, retail, hospitality, education, consumer products, pharmaceuticals, telecom, automotive, and diversified industrials. Clients range from the government to some of the largest groups and banks in the Middle East.