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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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.

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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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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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.

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.

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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Year
2002
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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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2001
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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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Year
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.

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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Year
2000
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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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Year
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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Year
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.

BCCP

BCCP acquired Berkeley Chauffeur Services.

Corbett Keeling advised BCCP on this acquisition.

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Year
1998
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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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Year
1997
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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.

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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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Year
1994
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