Pharmaceuticals business

Corbett Keeling advised a UK pharmaceuticals business on the confidential sale of one its assets.

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Acutest

Corbett Keeling has advised the founders of Acutest Limited on the sale of their business to Capita plc. Acutest is a leading IT systems testing consultancy, which focuses solely on testing software, business processes and IT, enabling its customers to achieve the benefits of technology-enabled change faster. The company’s customers range from start-ups through to blue chip multinational organisations.  Acutest was founded by Tom Norris, Barry Varley and Lee Farman in 2002. The founders and the Acutest team will operate within Capita plc’s IT Professional Services division.

Air Charter Service Group

Corbett Keeling advised the founders and other shareholders of Air Charter Service Group Limited (“ACS”) on the sale of a minority stake in ACS to private equity investor Alcuin Capital Partners (“Alcuin”).

ACS is a global leader in the aircraft charter market. Founded in 1990 by Chairman Chris Leach, it now employs a worldwide staff of more than 350 employees across 20 offices spanning six continents.  The group offers private jet, commercial airliner and cargo aircraft charters, arranging more than 10,000 charters annually.

Justin Bowman, Chief Executive Officer of ACS, said: “The fact that this company has grown from the basement of a house to the largest charter brokerage in the world is a huge achievement and testament to our amazing team and corporate culture.  However, we are still an ambitious organisation.  Our growth to date has been entirely organic and whilst we will continue to follow those strategies that have been successful in the past, we wish to accelerate our expansion through capital investments in both technology and acquisitions of complementary businesses.”

Adrian Lurie, Partner of Alcuin Capital Partners said: “Air Charter Service is a leader in its field with a great team and strong track record of profitable growth. Their plans going forward are exciting and we are looking forward to working with them in this next phase of the business’ development. Corbett Keeling’s insight and understanding of ACS were invaluable and we were delighted to work with Jim Keeling and his team to bring the deal to a successful conclusion.”

ACS press release

 

“It was a pleasure dealing with Jim Keeling and his team throughout the process. We wanted to find the right partners and to do the right deal for us – Corbett Keeling delivered just that.”

Christopher Leach, Co-Founder and Chairman of ACS

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2016
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Speciality European Pharma

Corbett Keeling advised the management team of Speciality European Pharma Limited (“SEP” ), on the acquisition of the speciality pharmaceutical and medical devices group from  its venture capital shareholders with the backing of Juno Pharmaceuticals Inc. (“Juno”), an international specialty pharmaceutical company and leading life science investor.

Headquartered in the UK, SEP is a speciality pharmaceutical and medical devices group that focuses on meeting the needs of the specialist physician. The Company was founded in 2006 and has grown rapidly over the past five years, with a commercial presence in much of Europe and a desire to grow beyond. The transaction provides the Company with the opportunity not only to continue its growth strategy with the existing products but also to invest for the long-term in the untapped potential in its proprietary development portfolio.

Commenting on the Management Buy-Out, Jim Keeling, Chairman of Corbett Keeling, said:

“Following the buy-out of SEP, the management team is extremely well placed to grow the business and realise the potential of its product portfolio. Together with backers, Juno, we wish them a successful future partnership.”

SEP Press release

 

 

“Corbett Keeling created a way forward, where others could not, at a critical moment for the management team. Their access to the appropriate funders in the UK and overseas, and their ability to move quickly, were both crucial to making this transaction possible.”

Patrick Banks, CEO of Speciality European Pharma

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2016
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Gee Lawson

Corbett Keeling advised the shareholders of Gee Lawson on the sale of the business to LEHVOSS UK Limited, the UK subsidiary of Germany-based Lehmann&VossCo.

Gee Lawson, founded in 1936 and employing 34 with its head office in London, is a leading specialist distributor of ingredients into the Nutritional and Chemical life science sectors across Europe and the US. The transaction is a strategic move that strengthens the LEHVOSS Group portfolio in the nutritional and life science sectors across Europe and globally.

Jim Keeling, who led the team advising Gee Lawson’s shareholders, commented “LEHVOSS UK, as a new owner, is a great match for Gee Lawson. We are delighted at the successful outcome.”

CK Press Release – Gee Lawson August 2015

“We saw in LEHVOSS UK a company with many of the key attributes we see in ourselves and it became an easy decision to sell to them. We were delighted with the advice and assistance we obtained from the Corbett Keeling team throughout the process in order to reach that point.”

Jonathan Shorts, Former Owner of Gee Lawson

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2015
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Applied Market Information

Corbett Keeling announces that private equity investor Alcuin Capital Partners (Alcuin) has acquired a majority stake in Applied Market Information Ltd (AMI), a leading information and conference business, from its original founders and shareholders whom Corbett Keeling advised.

With offices in the United Kingdom and North America, AMI is a leading provider of information services to the global plastics industry through syndicated reports, databases, digital magazines, consulting and conferences. The company has grown steadily since it was founded in 1986.  This year the company will hold over 40 conferences for the plastics industry in Europe, the USA and the Far East – more than any other competitor world-wide.

The team at Corbett Keeling, led by Jim Keeling, Francois Barou and Matt Dixon, advised the founders of AMI on the investment by Alcuin, which completed on 22 May 2015. The founders will continue to be actively involved in the business and have retained a significant minority stake.

Sale of Applied Market Information press release – June 2015

“Not only was Corbett Keeling’s advice always timely, to the point and in our best interest but, crucially, they had outstanding knowledge and understanding of the potential buyers, whether trade or financial and UK or overseas.”

John Horgan, Co-founder and Director of AMI

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2015
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Consultancy business

Corbett Keeling and our Support services industry specialist team at Equiteq advised the owners of  a US consulting business on its confidential sale.

“This transaction is another example of how Corbett Keeling works together with our industry sector specialists and our international network of corporate finance advisers at Globalscope Partners to provide our clients with the best possible advice.”

Jim Keeling, Chairman and Chief Executive of Corbett Keeling

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2014
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Pharmaceuticals business

Corbett Keeling advised the owner of a UK pharmaceuticals business on its confidential sale to an overseas trade buyer.

“The sale of this pharmaceuticals business exemplifies the strength of Corbett Keeling's network of industry specialists working together with the core team to provide the best possible corporate finance advice to our clients.”

Andrew Dean, Head of Corbett Keeling's Healthcare team

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2014
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Challenge Energy

Corbett Keeling and Equiteq advised Challenge Energy on building the value of their business and subsequently on the sale of the company to SLR.

Having initially advised the founders of Challenge Energy on how to make the value of their business clear to prospective partners, Corbett Keeling then managed the sale of the company, guiding the founders of the business through the whole process of selling their company to ensure that they attracted the right purchaser, at the right time for the right price.

Press Release – Sale of Challenge Energy

“The advisory team at Corbett Keeling / Equiteq provided crucial input both prior to and during this transaction. Over about two years up to closing the deal, they advised on how to make the value of our business clear to prospective partners and then deal with their approaches. This helped us attract the right company, at the right time for the right price. In the final months, during the sale process itself, they provided invaluable input on how to present to, and negotiate with, the purchasers. Throughout, they were always available when needed, working diligently and providing incisive, timely advice.”

Nick Hooke, co-founder of Challenge Energy

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2014
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Payzone Group

Corbett Keeling and our Greek Globalscope partner, First Athens Corporate Finance, advised Payzone Group Ltd and Coltonia Holdings Ltd on the sale of Payzone Hellas SA to OPAP Investment Ltd for a total consideration of Euros 7.75m.  Payzone Group, backed by UK private equity investor Duke Street Capital, is one of the largest payment networks in Europe, providing a wide range of payment services in four European countries including the UK, Ireland, Greece and Romania.

Payzone Hellas is the largest mobile phone top-up network in Greece with over 11,000 POS terminals installed processing annually some 30 million transactions. Payzone Hellas also pioneered bill payment & prepayment services for utilities and service providers in Greece and is the only independent organization in Greece other than banks to provide such services. Corbett Keeling and First Athens worked together as members of Globalscope Partners to initiate the opportunity and advised on the sale of the Greek business.

“We were delighted to be introduced to Duke Street, owners of Payzone Group, by our UK partners Corbett Keeling and were ideally placed to advise on the sale of their Greek subsidiary to OPAP. This transaction demonstrates how the Globalscope Partners work together to provide their clients with the best possible corporate finance advice on a worldwide basis.”

Takis Solomos, Founding Partner of First Athens

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2014
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Bestinvest

Corbett Keeling is pleased to announce that it has successfully advised its client, the wealth manager Bestinvest, on the sale of its insurance broking subsidiary, Lovat Insurance Brokers, to Towergate Insurance.

Bestinvest, provides investment advice, financial planning and execution-only services predominantly to private individuals. Lovat is a corporate insurance broker based in Tunbridge Wells, Kent.
Jim Keeling, Joint Chairman at Corbett Keeling, who led the transaction, commented: “The sale of Lovat Insurance Brokers has enabled Bestinvest to divest a non-core asset, whilst enhancing acquirer Towergate’s regional coverage and strengthening its relationships in the South East of England. This is yet another example of Corbett Keeling advising on the successful sale of a business where clear value was created for all parties.”

“Corbett Keeling executed this transaction for us with a high level of professionalism.”

Peter Hall, Chief Executive of Bestinvest

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2014
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Advanced Power

The management team of Advanced Power UK Ltd, the leading international developer of independent power generation projects, acquired the company from 3i plc in an MBO. Advanced Power develops and invests in power generation and related infrastructure projects in Europe and North America.

Corbett Keeling provided targeted financial advice to the management team at key points during the MBO process and prior to that as the business was restructured.

“The team at Corbett Keeling provided incisive and timely advice over a period of several years in the build up to the MBO of Advanced Power. It was extremely helpful to be able to contact them as and when we needed. Their advice was not only helpful on the MBO itself but also in respect of wider business issues. We hope we will have the opportunity to work together again in the future – and are looking forward to that.”

Martin Bashall, General Counsel, Advanced Power AG

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2014
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Intrapharm Laboratories

Corbett Keeling advised Intrapharm Laboratories on raising debt funding in order to finance the company’s acquisition strategy.

Intrapharm Laboratories supplies both niche and branded pharmaceuticals to the NHS and international markets. Its team of professionals has many years of experience in the commercialisation of pharmaceutical products, taking them from registration to patient and thereby fostering a mutually beneficial relationship.


“Corbett Keeling's knowledge and understanding of the UK debt market and our contacts with the key decision makers enabled us to identify quickly and accurately the most appropriate source of debt funding for our client.”

Jim Keeling, Chairman and Chief Executive of Corbett Keeling

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2014
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HedgeStart Partners

Corbett Keeling, together with our partner firm Equiteq, advised HedgeStart Partners on the sale of their business to Cordium, a company in which Buy & Build specialist Sovereign Capital is an investor.

Hedgestart was founded in 2000 to offer a range of start-up and on-going outsourced services predominantly to alternative investment businesses. Services include: Corporate Tax; Private Client Tax; FCA Regulatory Compliance; Accountancy & Payroll; and Strategic Consulting. Cordium is a global provider of regulatory compliance consulting and software services to regulated financial services companies.

“There is continuing strong demand for outsourced independent compliance consultancy as a result of increasing financial regulation and investor governance transparency requirements. This acquisition further enhances Cordium's position as a high-quality global provider of regulatory compliance consulting to regulated financial services companies.”

Neil Cox, Director of Sovereign Capital

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2014
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Alpha Financial Markets Consulting

Corbett Keeling and its partner firm Equiteq LLP advised Alpha Financial Markets Consulting, a leading provider of consulting, benchmarking and implementation services to financial institutions in the UK, Continental Europe and globally, on the sale of their business to UK Private Equity group, Baird Capital, in a transaction valuing the company at £28m.

This deal is a good example of the resurgence of Private Equity (“PE”) interest in consulting firms with a strong growth history. Alpha attracted 8 offers from the PE community and the shareholders chose Baird because of the flexibility of the deal structure, the financial resources they could make available and the support that Baird offered the management team in taking the company to the next stage of growth.

“We were very pleased with the support we received from Corbett Keeling and Equiteq. They were very knowledgeable about our industry, helped us build a compelling value case for an investment by Baird, and managed our process very effectively and diligently to achieve an excellent result for all.”

Nick Kent, former CEO and now vice-Chairman of Alpha

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2013
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Hörmann Group

Hörmann International Beteiligungs GmbH, part of the Hörmann Group, a family owned German manufacturer of industrial and residential doors, acquired IG Doors Ltd, a UK manufacturer of external doors for the housebuilding industry. This provided an exit for NVM Private Equity, which backed the MBO of IG Doors in 2003.

Corbett Keeling identified the opportunity and, working together with its German Globalscope partner, CatCap Corporate Finance, introduced it to the Hörmann Group.

“Corbett Keeling’s familiarity with the UK private equity market alongside ours in Germany meant we were able to introduce to the Hörmann Group a unique opportunity to strengthen its presence in the UK industrial and domestic door market. It is an excellent example of how the Globalscope network of international corporate finance advisers can work.”

Michael Moritz, CatCap Corporate Finance

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2013
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Xerxes Equity

Xerxes Equity Ltd is an investment company, which was formed by John Cowley in 2011, with the intention of building a market leading group of building products manufacturers. Xerxes acquired four businesses from Eleco plc, an AIM listed company, including SpeedDeck Building Systems, Downer Cladding Systems, Stramit Panel Products and Prompt Profiles.

Corbett Keeling has worked for many years with John Cowley, who has been conducting turnaround projects for the last 18 years, and introduced this opportunity to Xerxes Equity.

ANA Aviation Services

Andy Leslie and Andy King, founders and owners of ANA Aviation Services, an international air freight business based in Crawley, were approaching retirement. Following careful consideration of their exit strategy, they decided to invite senior board members to undertake a management buyout of their business. Corbett Keeling advised the two controlling shareholders throughout the process of the sale, evaluating a number of exit options and once the decision had been made to sell to the management team, Corbett Keeling managed the process, advised on the terms, introduced funders and devised the optimal structure for the transaction.

“The transaction was far more complex than I had initially realised. Dealing with banks and lawyers in various foreign jurisdictions as well as the UK and also ensuring that we were completely compliant with all the relevant tax authorities was no mean feat and Corbett Keeling managed the whole process with complete professionalism and utmost care - we could not have done it without them.”

Andy Leslie, Former Controlling Shareholder, ANA Aviation Services

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2013
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pH Associates

pH Associates, the market leading ‘Real World Data’ and ‘Market Access’ consultancy in the health sector, was sold to OPEN Health, a joint venture with global communications group Chime Communications Plc.  pH Associates was set up by Kate Peperell and Lesley Howell in 1999.

As the two founding shareholders started to consider an exit for the business they had created, they appointed Corbett Keeling and its partner firm Equiteq to carry out an Equity Growth Accelerator to assess how to grow revenue, build equity and sell the business at the right time for maximum value. Once they had reached this “right time”, Kate and Lesley appointed Corbett Keeling and Equiteq to advise them on the sale of their business.

 

“We are absolutely delighted with the deal, our new home with Chime and what that means for the future of our business. It's been a pleasure working with the Corbett Keeling/Equiteq team, their expertise in our sector and attention to detail was instrumental in making the deal happen with a win/win deal structure for both parties.”

Lesley Howell, Co-founding Director, PH Associates Ltd

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2012
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Explore Learning

Explore Learning, the UK company with multiple English and maths tuition centres, led by founder Bill Mills, was sold to Graphite Capital. The controlling shareholding was acquired from a group of investors including the Spectrum Venture Management Fund and Wittington Investments Limited. Bill Mills and the senior management team re-invested the majority of their stake in the company.

Corbett Keeling has worked with Bill Mills, who set up Explore Learning in 2001, over many years and advised him throughout the sale process and particularly on the terms of his reinvestment in the business.

Cantab Asset Management

Cantab Asset Management, the firm of independent financial advisers formerly known as Saunderson Asset Management, acquired Hodgson & Faraday, a fellow financial advisory firm.

Corbett Keeling introduced the opportunity to Cantab and advised on the terms of the transaction.

“Corbett Keeling identified and introduced us to Hodgson & Faraday as a suitable acquisition target. They then provided valuable input in the negotiations to help us complete the transaction.”

David Saunderson, Controlling Shareholder in Saunderson Asset Management

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2011
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GMT Communications Partners

GMT Communications Partners backed the £38.5m investor buy-out of MeetingZone Ltd, a provider of conference call services to business and home users, from the founders, Tim Duffy and Steve Gandy.

Corbett Keeling introduced GMT Communications Partners to this investment opportunity.

 

 

“Corbett Keeling were extremely helpful with the acquisition of MeetingZone, including making a very early introduction to the company as a prospective investment for our funds at GMT.”

Tim Green, Partner and co-founder, GMT Communications

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2011
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Redeem

Redeem, which recycles used mobile phones, print cartridges and other electronic devices, was acquired by a management buy-in team led by Curt Hopkins and Pete Petrondas and backed by Trevor Bayley, a founding partner of HgCapital.

Corbett Keeling helped identify the opportunity for the buy-in team.

Ultra Motor

Ultra Motor, a developer of electric bikes and scooters as well as electric motor technology for commercial use, raised development capital.

Corbett Keeling advised the company on raising funds.

Frazer-Nash

Frazer-Nash (Midhurst) Ltd, a company that designs and manufacturers food handling, processing and packaging machinery, was acquired by a management team led by Paul Mortlock.

Corbett Keeling advised Paul Mortlock and the investor on implementing the transaction.

Micro Materials

Micro Materials Ltd, a manufacturer of scientific analysis instruments was acquired from Millbrook Scientific Instruments Plc by a management team, backed by David Harding.

Corbett Keeling advised David Harding on the acquisition.

Constantine Group

Constantine Group, which invests in the logistics, manufacturing, property and renewable energy sector, backed the management buyout of The Green Company (Europe) Ltd, a renewable energy company specialising in the installation of onshore wind and solar farms.

Corbett Keeling advised Constantine Group plc on the terms of the transaction.

Cordium

Cordium (previously known as IMS Consulting), a provider of consulting and business support services for the wholesale asset management and securities sector, was sold to an investor led management team comprising both existing and new directors.  The Buy-in Management Buy-out, or “BIMBO”, was backed by Sovereign Capital.

Corbett Keeling advised Scott Wilson, the founder of IMS, and his co-shareholder, on the strategy for the sale of their business and on the execution of the transaction.

Home Choice Care

Home Choice Care, a provider of care to individuals in their own homes, undertook an acquisition search which resulted in the acquisition of Lilac Care Ltd, a provider of in-home care support services.

Corbett Keeling undertook the acquisition search on behalf of Home Choice Care. Home Choice Care was acquired by Westminster Homecare in November 2012.

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2009
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Gordon Laboratory Group

Gordon Laboratory Group, a provider of pathology services, raised development capital.

Corbett Keeling advised Gordon Laboratory on its fund raising.

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2009
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Integrity Print

The management team of Communisis Bath Business Forms and Economailer, leading UK manufacturers and distributors of business forms and stationery, acquired these companies from UK listed company Communisis plc in an MBO. The businesses were renamed Integrity Print.

Corbett Keeling advised the management team, led by Mark Cornford, on all aspects of this MBO, including arranging funding, agreeing terms and managing the whole process on behalf of the management team.

 

“Corbett Keeling advised me on our recent MBO. It was the most important deal of my life and so it was essential I had the best advice available. Jim Keeling was engaged with the deal as if it was his own. His personal involvement, attention to detail, experience and sixth sense of knowing what to do and when, were a huge benefit and comfort to me. Experts in their field, Corbett Keeling are a corporate finance firm with the calibre and expertise to help you achieve your goals, but also the empathy and customer care to make you feel special.”

Mark Cornford, CEO, Integrity Print

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2008
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HCML

HCML, the UK’s leading independent provider of professional rehabilitation, case management and employment services to the insurance industry, solicitors and corporate clients, undertook a secondary management buy-out from 3i.

Corbett Keeling advised Helen Merfield, CEO and founder of HCML on all aspects of the buy-out, including arranging funding, agreeing terms and managing the whole process on behalf of the management team.

 

“Corbett Keeling were a breath of fresh air - they came highly recommended and I can see why. We were a young management team with no experience in selling a business or trying to achieve an MBO and it was initially quite daunting. Their approach was personal and it really felt like they were not only on our side but totally supporting us, ensuring we understood each step and what we could achieve. It was largely due to them that we achieved the MBO we wanted. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend them to anyone and have already done so.”

Helen Merfield, CEO, HCML

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2008
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Efficio

Efficio, a management consultancy focused on procurement and supply chain optimisation, secured a debt financed equity release in order to provide funding for its shareholders.

Corbett Keeling advised Efficio on this fund raising against a very tight time-frame.

 

“Corbett Keeling came up with solutions for us where others could not find them. Their access to funding is excellent and their determination to get the deal completed in a tight time-frame was vital in achieving a successful outcome. What is more, we thoroughly enjoyed working with them.”

Jans Pederson, CEO, Efficio

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2008
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Taut International

Taut International BVI, a manufacturer of sports drinks, was sold to A. G. Barr Plc.

Corbett Keeling advised the shareholders of Taut International on the sale of their business.

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2008
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Keswick Enterprises

The Keswick Enterprises Group, a UK-based private equity investor set up in June 2004 by John Harvey CBE and associates to invest in logistics and supply chain-related businesses, acquired Link Logistics Group, a provider of contracted logistics services for the food industry at both frozen and ambient temperatures.

Corbett Keeling advised Keswick Enterprises on the terms of its acquisition and funding.

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2008
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Keswick Enterprises

Keswick Enterprises, a UK-based private equity investor set up in June 2004 by John Harvey CBE and associates to invest in logistics and supply chain-related businesses, arranged an acquisition finance facility.

Corbett Keeling advised Keswick Enterprises on this fund raising.

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2007
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Healthcare Enterprise Group

Healthcare Enterprise Group Plc, an international healthcare services company focused on occupational healthcare, private healthcare services and distribution of medical devices, sold its subsidiary CICS, a supplier of medical and dental products, to Trycare Ltd, a supplier and distributor of products to the dental and chiropody markets.

Corbett Keeling advised Healthcare Enterprise Group on the sale of its subsidiary.

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2007
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Tysers

Tysers, a provider of insurance and reinsurance brokerage services, was sold to its management team in a funding and share re-structuring led by Christopher Spratt as Chairman and Chris Elliott as Chief Executive.

Corbett Keeling advised on all aspects of this management buyout and shareholding restructuring, including advising the outgoing shareholders on the sale of their shares, the new shareholders on the acquisition of their shares, the company on the raising of finance and the terms of the transaction and managing the process throughout.

 

 

“Beyond the professionalism and expertise, which is easily taken for granted, Corbett Keeling brings a remarkable talent for managing Buyer's and Seller's expectations throughout the process of putting a deal together. This is an essential ingredient for a successful MBO.”

Christopher Spratt, Chairman, Tysers

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2007
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Expamet

Exmet Building Products Group Ltd, a new company formed by John Cowley, Nigel Dickinson and Roger Hall, acquired Expamet Building Products Ltd, a manufacturer of specialist metal building products from Royal Bank of Scotland. The management buy-in was backed by GE Capital.

Corbett Keeling advised the management buy-in team on all aspects of their acquisition, including raising finance and negotiating the terms of the transaction.

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2007
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I2r Packaging Solutions

I2r Packaging Solutions Ltd, a company that designs and manufactures food packaging products, raised venture capital funding.

Corbett Keeling advised  I2r Packaging on this fund raising.

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2007
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Creative Metal Coatings

Creative Metal Coatings, a provider of metal coating and treatment services, raised private equity funding from EPIC investment Partners.

Corbett Keeling advised Creative Metal Coatings on this equity fund raising.

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2007
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Harris Hill

Harris Hill, a recruitment consultant specialising in the charity and not for profit sector, was sold to a management buy-in team backed by YFM Private Equity.

Corbett Keeling advised the shareholders of Harris Hill on all aspects of the sale of their business, including identifying possible buyers, negotiating terms and managing the process throughout.

 

“Over the course of the sale of our business we worked with several members of the team at Corbett Keeling. They were all excellent – showing strength in depth and breadth. The care and attention they put into advising us, and their skill in finding a buyer and dealing sensitively with all the parties involved in the transaction, were outstanding.”

Steve and Julie Hill, following the sale of Harris Hill to a Management Buy-in team

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2007
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WestawayGillis

WestawayGillis, a global healthcare market access consultancy, was sold to WPP Group Plc.

Corbett Keeling advised the shareholders of WestawayGillis, which now trades as The WG Group.

Dernier & Hamlyn

Dernier & Hamlyn, a manufacturer of lighting equipment, raised development capital from Endless LLP and acquired Tindle Lighting, a fellow manufacturer of lighting equipment.

Corbett Keeling advised the company on its fund raising, which comprised a mixture of debt and equity, helped identify acquisition opportunities and advised on the terms of the acquisition of Tindle Lighting.

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2007
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WaterRower

WaterRower (UK) Ltd, a manufacturer of sporting equipment, was sold to its senior manager.

Corbett Keeling advised WaterRower and its shareholders on the sale of their business to the management team.

Allco Finance Group

Financial conglomerate Allco completed a merger and listing on the Australian Stock Exchange.

Corbett Keeling advised shareholders on the valuation of the business.

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2007
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Satec

Satec, water and waste water treatment specialists, raised development capital.

Corbett Keeling advised Satec on the strategy for raising finance.

Chantrey Vellacott vs Convergence

Corbett Keeling acted as expert witness in the case of Chantrey Vellacott vs Convergence.

The dispute concerned the way in which one would go about attracting investment into a substantial telecoms project. Corbett Keeling’s experience of fund-raising, including in the telecoms sector, meant we were ideally placed to provide the support required.

“Simon Keeling acted as our expert witness in a very complex professional negligence action. We asked him to consider a number of fund-raising matters, including the way in which one would go about attracting investment into a substantial overseas telecoms project. Simon’s input – in particular, his ability to translate arcane issues into comprehensible reports to be placed before a Court – was most impressive and was greatly appreciated by both the client and the legal team.”

Tim Bullimore, Squire & Co, Solicitors

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2006
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CBS Insurance Holdings

CBS Insurance, a provider of non-life insurance services, sold its subsidiaries CBS General Partner and CBSICP Capital.

Corbett Keeling advised CBS Insurance on the sale of these businesses.

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2006
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Towry Law Insurance

Towry Law Insurance was sold by Towry Law plc to its management team, led by Martin Wright. The MBO was funded by Broker Network plc, a trade investor.

Corbett Keeling advised the management team on finding and structuring the financing and on the design and terms of this highly unusual “trade-backed management buy-out” transaction.

 

 

“The team at Corbett Keeling was imaginative and resourceful in finding the best possible investor to finance the management buy-out of Towry Law Insurance Brokers. They also played a crucial role in negotiating with the vendors and providing general guidance on the legal and financial intricacies of the deal. They were always available and responsive. It was a pleasure to work with them.”

Martin Wright, Corbett Keeling's Client and Leader of the Management Buy-out team

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2006
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BigHead Bonding Fasteners

BigHead Bonding Fasteners, a manufacturer of stainless steel fasteners for a variety of industries, was sold to its management team, led by Brian Giddings, and backed by EPIC Investment Partners.

Corbett Keeling advised the management team on raising finance and the terms of the transaction and managed the whole process on behalf of the team.

 

“Corbett Keeling were my financial advisers on the successful management buy-out of BigHead Bonding Fasteners Limited. Their advice throughout the transaction was excellent; they have very good access to both equity and debt funds, and played a crucial role in negotiating detailed funding terms. CK also provided invaluable help in reaching agreement with the vendor on price, and their sector expertise was a key factor in consummating the deal.”

Brian Giddings, Managing Director, Bighead Bonding Fasteners Ltd

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2006
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Airsprung Furniture Group

Airsprung Furniture Group plc, a leading UK bed manufacturer, sold a minority shareholding to private investors.

Corbett Keeling advised on the sale of this shareholding.

Explore Learning

Explore Learning, provider of maths and English tuition to primary school aged children, raised development capital.

Corbett Keeling advised Explore Learning on its fund raising.

Find.co.uk

Find.co.uk, one of the UK’s leading consumer finance portals, was sold to a management team backed by Electra Quoted Management and FF&P Private Equity.

Corbett Keeling advised the management team on the entire process, including raising finance, structuring the transaction and negotiating terms.

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2005
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BUPA Healthcare Professionals

Advantage Healthcare, a leading healthcare services provider trading under the name BUPA Healthcare Professionals, was sold to a management team backed by Rutland Partners.

Corbett Keeling advised the management team on raising finance, structuring the transaction and negotiating terms.

Opus Holdings

Opus Holdings Limited, a regional insurance broking and group benefits consultancy business, backed by Bridgepoint Capital and Royal Bank of Scotland, was sold to Willis, the global insurance broker.

Corbett Keeling advised the Opus management team on its strategy for selling their business and the terms obtained.

 

 

“Corbett Keeling advised us on restructuring the funding of Opus Holdings. They were particularly helpful in discussions between the company, its private equity backers, and its senior debt and mezzanine funding providers. They then advised management on exit strategies which led to a successful exit from the business.”

Bob Bareham, Finance Director, Opus Holdings

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2004
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Ashley House

Ashley House, specialists in funding the design and development of flexible and effective health and care properties, raised and refinanced equity and debt.

Corbett Keeling advised Ashley House on this financial restructuring and fund raising.

Glencairn

Glencairn Ltd, an insurance broker, was acquired by its management from Glensure Ltd, a subsidiary of  Glenrand, a South African  provider of risk advisory and financial services.

Corbett Keeling advised the management team of Glencairn on the buyout of their business.

 

“I have worked with Corbett Keeling on a number of projects and the team is always efficient and responsive. Importantly, they have very good access to sources of funds, whether for equity or debt.”

Mark Pattle, Chief Executive of Glencairn

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2004
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Interframe

Interframe, a manufacturer of UPVC window frames, was sold to Shepley, a fellow manufacturer of UPVC window frames and doors, backed by private equity investor ECI.

Corbett Keeling advised the owners on the sale of their business.

“Corbett Keeling identified a buyer for our business with pin-point accuracy. Many thanks for helping us to achieve a profitable end to our eight year period of owning and developing Interframe.”

Warrick Butler, former Managing Director of Interframe

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2004
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Aspace Solutions

Aspace Solutions, a provider of business security solutions and specialist consultancy services to the banking sector, raised equity funding and sold a minority stake to a trade backer.

Corbett Keeling advised Aspace Solutions on this shareholder restructuring and equity financing.

Oakburn Properties

Oakburn Properties, the property investment company, was taken private in a contested takeover.

Corbett Keeling advised the bidder, Hodgson & Faraday Property Management Services Ltd, on its successful takeover bid which was subject to The Takeover Code rules.

 

“We have been deeply impressed by the integrity, tenacity and intellectual quality of your actions … your commitment and time input have been impeccable … working with you has been a first class experience and your support has been much appreciated … I hope we can continue a business relationship in the future.”

Douglas Blausten, Managing Director of Oakburn Properties plc

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2004
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Terrace Hill

Terrace Hill, a provider of property investment and commercial property development services, made an offer for the shares of Grosvenor Land Holdings PLC, a provider of real estate services, which the Terrace Hill concert party did not already own.

Corbett Keeling advised Terrace Hill on the recommended bid for the quoted company which was subject to the Takeover Code rules.

Opus Holdings

Opus Holdings Limited, a regional insurance broking and group benefits consultancy business, refinanced mezzanine and senior debt.

Corbett Keeling advised Opus on this transaction.

“Corbett Keeling advised us on restructuring the funding of Opus Holdings. They were particularly helpful in discussions between the company, its private equity backers, and its senior debt and mezzanine funding providers. They then advised management on exit strategies which led to a successful exit from the business”

Bob Bareham, Finance Director, Opus Holdings

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Year
2003
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Binns & Co

Binns & Co, a financial PR consultant, raised equity funding and acquired Winningtons, a Bristol financial PR business.

Corbett Keeling advised Binns & Co on its fund raising and acquisition.

Gieves & Hawkes

Gieves & Hawkes, the bespoke gentleman’s tailor, quoted on the London Stock Exchange, was subject to a recommended cash offer.

Corbett Keeling advised the independent directors of Gieves & Hawkes on the offer for the company, which was subject to the Takeover Code.

 

“Corbett Keeling helped us arrange a change of ownership at Gieves & Hawkes, with the controlling shareholder buying out the minority. We thoroughly enjoyed working with the firm and were particularly pleased with the efficient and cost-effective nature of their approach.”

Mike Nicholson, Chairman, Gieves & Hawkes

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Year
2002
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Bentleys

Bentleys, a confectionary distributor, raised and restructured equity and debt funding.

Corbett Keeling advised the management team on this  fund raising.

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2002
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Linguaphone

Linguaphone, a provider of self-study language learning products and associated support services, raised development funding from a consortium of institutional investors, including Inflexion Ltd.

Corbett Keeling advised Linguaphone on this fund raising.

 

 

“Corbett Keeling advised Linguaphone on raising development capital over three successive funding rounds. It was the lead financial adviser on these transactions, providing necessary continuity throughout and ensuring a good balance of shareholders.”

Gordon Power of Inflexion Ltd, one of Linguaphone's principal institutional backers

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2002
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Radiant Networks

Radiant Networks, the pioneer of broadband wireless mesh technology, raised development capital from a group of institutional investors, including Advent Venture Partners and existing shareholders, Intel Capital and Sandler Capital

Corbett Keeling advised Radiant Networks on this fund raising.

ShipServ

ShipServ Ltd, a provider of ship supply management solutions, raised equity from a group of new and existing investors.

Corbett Keeling advised Shipserv on this fundraising

iDCorp

iDCorp, a company involved in the research and development of individual track and tracing equipment, raised equity funding.

Corbett Keeling advised iDCorp on this fund raising.

The British Land Company

The British Land Company Plc, the property investment and development group, acquired by way of recommended cash offers FRP Group Plc, a company which traded as an unquoted residential property investment company.

Corbett Keeling originated this transaction.

Opus Holdings

Opus Holdings Limited, a regional insurance broking and group benefits consultancy business, refinanced equity, mezzanine and senior debt.

Corbett Keeling advised Opus on this transaction.

GB International

GB International Ltd, a distributor of optical and photographic equipment, was sold to Multivision GmbH, a German distributor of presentation products.

Corbett Keeling advised the owners of GB International, including Yorkshire Fund Managers, whom we had originally introduced to the business four years previously, on their exit strategy, identifying and introducing possible purchasers and leading the negotiations with the trade buyer.

“Corbett Keeling advised the owners of GB International on a phased exit. First, they introduced us to the company and then they helped funds we manage and the original owners' exit, handling a delicate ‘single buyer auction’ to an overseas purchaser with great skill. We are grateful both for the introduction to the investment and for the continuity they provided.”

Phil Cammerman, Executive Chairman, YFM Equity Partners

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Year
2001
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Radiant Networks

Radiant Networks, the pioneer of broadband wireless mesh technology, raised development capital as a convertible loan.

Corbett Keeling advised Radiant Networks.

WT Foods

WT Food Plc, a producer and wholesaler of ethnic foods, was acquired by its management team in a buy-out backed by Bridgepoint Capital.

Corbett Keeling advised a co-investor to Bridgepoint Capital.

WT Foods was acquired by GraceKennedy,the large Caribbean conglomerate, in 2007 and now trades as Grace Foods UK.

Euroceltic Airways

Euroceltic Airways Ltd, an operator of a regional airline in Ireland, raised development capital.

Corbett Keeling advised Euroceltic Airways on this funding.

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2001
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Chivers Communications

Chivers Communications plc, publishers of large print and unabridged audio books and children’s books, quoted on the OFEX market, was subject to a recommended cash offer from BBC Worldwide Ltd, the commercial arm of the BBC.

Corbett Keeling advised Chivers on the recommended offer from the BBC. The offer was subject to the Takeover Code.

 

“Corbett Keeling advised us on a series of transactions, including a de-merger and two investments, leading to the successful disposal of Chivers. The service provided was always to the highest standard, with integrity, commitment and continuity.”

Simon Gibbs, Former Managing Director of Chivers Communications

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2001
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Five Rivers

Five Rivers, a provider of children’s fostering and care home services, raised debt funding and acquired a competitor.

Corbett Keeling advised Five Rivers.

TEG Environmental

TEG Environmental, a designer and supplier of silo-cage systems for composting organic waste, raised equity funding.

Corbett Keeling advised TEG environmental on raising finance.

Medpointe

Medpointe, the pharmaceuticals company, was bought by its management in a buy-out led by Carlyle Partners.

Corbett Keeling advised a co-investor to Carlyle Partners.

 

Opus Holdings

Opus Holdings Limited, a regional insurance broking and group benefits consultancy business, refinanced mezzanine and senior debt.

Corbett Keeling advised Opus on this transaction.

“Corbett Keeling advised us on restructuring the funding of Opus Holdings. They were particularly helpful in discussions between the company, its private equity backers, and its senior debt and mezzanine funding providers. They then advised management on exit strategies which led to a successful exit from the business.”

Bob Bareham, Finance Director, Opus Holdings

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2001
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Bentleys

Bentleys, a confectionary distributor, was acquired by a management buy-in team led by Derek Durrant.

Corbett Keeling advised the management team on the acquisition and on the raising of equity and debt funding

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2000
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Linguaphone

Linguaphone, a provider of self-study language learning products and associated support services, raised equity funding from two private equity investors.

Corbett Keeling advised Linguaphone on raising this equity finance and restructuring existing capital.

“Corbett Keeling advised Linguaphone on raising development capital over three successive funding rounds. It was the lead financial adviser on these transactions, providing necessary continuity throughout and ensuring a good balance of shareholders.”

Gordon Power of Inflexion Ltd, one of Linguaphone's principal institutional backers

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2000
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Radiant Networks

Radiant Networks, the pioneer of broadband wireless mesh technology, secured second-stage financing from a range of institutional and private investors, including Advent Venture Partners, Intel Capital, executives of Kohlberg Kravis Roberts and Sandler Capital Management.

Corbett Keeling advised Radiant Networks on this equity fund raising.

Chivers Communications

Chivers Communications plc, publishers of large print and unabridged audio books and children’s books, acquired a 30% interest in Oneword Radio Ltd, operator of the only national commercial digital radio station dedicated to the spoken word.

Corbett Keeling advised Chivers on its investment in Oneword Raido.

Daisy & Tom

Daisy & Tom, the specialist children’s retailer, raised funding as a convertible loan.

Corbett Keeling advised Daisy & Tom on raising funds and restructuring existing capital.

Actif Group

Actif Group, distributor of branded dancewear and UK licensee for Elle, raised equity funding and was introduced to AIM.

Corbett Keeling advised Actif Group on its flotation and raising of finance.

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2000
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Virgincars.com

Virgin Cars Ltd, an online service launched by Virgin Group to provide a total motor vehicle sales and after-sales package, raised development capital.

Corbett Keeling advised Virgin Cars on raising development capital to support the launch of the business.

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2000
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Gieves Group

Gieves Group, the quoted bespoke gentleman’s tailor, demerged its publishing business, Chivers Press Ltd, a publisher of large print and unabridged audio books and children’ s books. The shares of Chivers were admitted to trading on OFEX by way of a placing. Following the demerger, Gieves Group changed its name to Gieves & Hawkes plc.

Corbett Keeling advised Gieves Group on the demerger of Chivers Press, a transaction governed by the Takeover Code and the Rules of the London Stock Exchange.

Linguaphone

Linguaphone, a provider of self-study language learning products and associated support services, raised equity funding and restructured debt by way of a rights issue, an issue of convertible preference shares and an issue of warrants to subscribe for ordinary shares.

Corbett Keeling advised Linguaphone on the funding and issue of shares and share warrants.

“Corbett Keeling advised Linguaphone on raising development capital over three successive funding rounds. It was the lead financial adviser on these transactions, providing necessary continuity throughout and ensuring a good balance of shareholders.”

Gordon Power of Inflexion Ltd, one of Linguaphone's principal institutional backers

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1999
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Chivers Communications

Chivers Communications plc, publisher of large print and unabridged audio books and children’s books, was listed on OFEX. The flotation followed the demerger from Gieves Group Plc.

Corbett Keeling advised Chivers Communications on its flotation.

Radiant Networks

Radiant Networks, the pioneer of broadband wireless mesh technology, raised development capital.

Corbett Keeling advised Radiant Networks on raising this funding.

CASEwise Systems

CASEwise Systems Ltd, a developer of software to help improve business processes, raised debt finance.

Corbett Keeling advised CASEwise on obtaining debt finance and negotiating terms.

BCCP

BCCP acquired Berkeley Chauffeur Services.

Corbett Keeling advised BCCP on this acquisition.

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1998
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Radiant Networks

Radiant Networks, the pioneer of broadband wireless mesh technology, raised start-up funding.

Corbett Keeling advised Radiant Networks.

GB International

GB International Ltd, a distributor of optical and photographic equipment, raised equity and debt with release of personal guarantees from Yorkshire Fund Managers and a group of private investors.

Corbett Keeling advised GB Internationial on this fund raising.

“Corbett Keeling advised the owners of GB International on a phased exit. First, they introduced us to the company and then they helped funds we manage and the original owners' exit, handling a delicate ‘single buyer auction’ to an overseas purchaser with great skill. We are grateful both for the introduction to the investment and for the continuity they provided.”

Phil Cammerman, Executive Chairman, YFM Equity Partners

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1997
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Apollo Underwriting

Apollo Underwriting Ltd,  an agency that manages a Lloyds of London syndicate specialising in marine insurance, was acquired by Munich Re AG, the German insurer, from Stewart Underwriting Plc, an underwriting agent at Lloyds of London.

Corbett Keeling advised on this transaction.

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1997
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Alwen Hough Johnson

Alwen Hough Johnson, the insurance broker, sold its aviation department to The Sedgwick Group.

Corbett Keeling advised on this transaction.

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1997
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Advent Capital

Advent Capital, an insurance underwriter, raised equity funding by way of a rights issue.

Corbett Keeling advised Advent Capital on this transaction.

CASEwise Systems

CASEwise Systems Ltd, a developer of software to help improve business processes, raised equity capital from a syndicate of institutional and private investors.

Corbett Keeling advised CASEwise on raising this finance.

Actif Group

Actif Group, distributor of branded dancewear and UK licensee for Elle, raised equity and debt finance and issued one A share to Ted Baker plc.

Corbett Keeling advised Actif Group on this fund raising.

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1996
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Actif Group

Actif Group, distributor of branded dancewear and UK licensee for Elle, raised equity and debt finance and issued one A share to Ted Baker plc.

Corbett Keeling advised Actif Group on this fund raising.

Actif Group

Actif Group, distributor of branded dancewear and UK licensee for Elle, raised equity and debt finance and issued one A share to Ted Baker plc.

Corbett Keeling advised Actif Group on this fund raising.

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1994
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