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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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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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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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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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.

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.

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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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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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.

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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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.

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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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.

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.

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.

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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