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.”

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“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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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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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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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.

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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BCCP

BCCP acquired Berkeley Chauffeur Services.

Corbett Keeling advised BCCP on this acquisition.

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1998
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