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Ryan Acquires United Kingdom’s Leading Commercial R&D and Capital Allowances Tax Reclaim Firm, Catax

Press Release Mar 08, 2022

Ryan Acquires Catax, United Kingdom’s Leading Commercial R&D and Capital Allowances Tax Reclaim Firm

DALLAS and LONDON (March 8, 2022)Ryan, a leading global tax services and software provider, has announced the acquisition of Catax, a research and development (R&D) and capital allowances tax reclaim specialist operating in the United Kingdom (UK) and Canada.

The acquisition of the Manchester, UK-headquartered company further strengthens Ryan’s R&D global market position, presenting new service offerings in the UK and expanding the Firm’s Scientific Research and Experimental Development (SR&ED) practice in Canada.

The acquisition is a major milestone for Catax, which was founded in 2009. The Catax and Ryan operations will complement each other immediately by broadening the services offered to existing clients.

“This acquisition perfectly aligns with our strategic goal of expanding Ryan’s global footprint in the research and development space,” said Ryan Chairman and CEO G. Brint Ryan. “We’re thrilled to welcome Catax’s team of experienced professionals to our continually expanding global network. Our valued clients will benefit from Catax’s leading R&D and capital allowances tax services in the United Kingdom, Canada, and around the world.”

With operations in London and Vancouver, Canada, Catax has more than 100 trusted specialists who assist clients with their tax relief claims. Since being founded, more than 7,000 clients have benefited from more than £428M in claims, and Catax has had a 99.99% success rate on all claims over the past three years.

“We are delighted to be joining a global leading tax firm and are excited about the opportunities this presents, not only to our team but also to our clients,” said Mark Tighe, Chief Executive Officer, Catax. “We’ve grown rapidly over the past 13 years by setting high benchmarks for quality of service in the UK and Canada. Everything about this acquisition points to a new and exciting chapter for us. Collectively, our knowledge and expertise is second to none, providing a unique opportunity in the rapidly evolving market for tax services and software.”

“The addition of Catax’s commercial research and development and capital allowances tax reclaim service offerings further expands our ability to serve clients in the European market,” said Jon C. Sweet, Ryan’s President of European and Asia-Pacific Operations. “Further, we are excited to offer additional tax-saving strategies to their impressive client roster.”

The acquisition of Catax follows Ryan’s recent acquisition of Qvalia’s value-added tax (VAT) compliance and recovery business in the Nordics. Combined, these two acquisitions expand the services offered to Ryan’s clients across Europe and demonstrate Ryan’s commitment to investing on a global scale.

About Catax

Catax is a leading expert in specialist tax relief within the UK and Canada. Since launching in 2009, it has recovered more than £420m for its clients in the areas of research and development, capital allowances, the patent box, and remediation of contaminated land. For more information, please visit

About Ryan

Ryan, an award-winning global tax services and software provider, is the largest Firm in the world dedicated exclusively to business taxes. With global headquarters in Dallas, Texas, the Firm provides an integrated suite of federal, state, local, and international tax services on a multijurisdictional basis, including tax recovery, consulting, advocacy, compliance, and technology services. Ryan is an 11-time recipient of the International Service Excellence Award from the Customer Service Institute of America (CSIA) for its commitment to world-class client service. Empowered by the dynamic myRyan work environment, which is widely recognized as the most innovative in the tax services industry, Ryan’s multidisciplinary team of more than 4,800 professionals and associates serves over 30,000 clients in more than 80 countries, including many of the world’s most prominent Global 5000 companies. More information about Ryan can be found at


Melodie Elliott
Director, Content and Communications Marketing