The company declined to give details, but sources close to it said they
included international firms. There has been speculation that Odgers Ray & Berndtson, its much larger rival, is among them.
However Odgers' CEO, Richard Boggis-Rolfe, denied any interest. He said: "We
have not entertained any offers for any other search firms since our
acquisition of (financial services specialist) the Berwick Group last year.
However, that does not mean the situation cannot change."
Richmond is understood to be close to opening an office in Hong Kong, which
is likely to have implications for any deal.
Richmond was founded in 1994 by Andrew Peck, a former corporate financier at
Merrill Lynch. It has a strong reputation in corporate finance, fixed-income
and investment management.
It is also one of the few European search firms with a large presence in real
estate finance and has worked in the field
throughout Europe, Asia and North America.