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Mergers & Acquisitions, Disposals & Management Buy-outs

Without expert guidance through complex corporate transactions such as mergers and acquisitions, disposals and management buy-outs, you can risk the success of the whole project.

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It’s a given that your lawyers should make the deal happen, but faultless project management from start to finish, targeted risk assessed due diligence, knowing what matters commercially in negotiations and really understanding what success looks like for you; those skillsets are what makes our team stand out from its competitors.

Winners of ‘Law firm of the Year 2023’ – Business Magazine, Solent Deals Awards

“We are thrilled to win Law Firm of the Year. Thank you to all of those who supported our nomination. The recognition is very well deserved. We have a fantastic team at all levels who were incredibly busy in 2022, completing over 60 transactions, many of them involving local businesses, financiers and advisers. Our success is based on building strong relations with our clients, professional advisers and the wider community in our region. We will continue to build on our success by developing our relationships with key stakeholders in 2023 and beyond.”

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Selling your business to an overseas buyer

The Corporate team at Paris Smith have many years of experience in acting for both sellers of UK companies in disposals to overseas buyers, and acting for foreign buyers on UK acquisitions. From experience, they understand the common pitfalls when dealing with overseas buyers (especially if they have limited experience of UK acquisitions) that, if not addressed sufficiently early on in the process, can lead to major misunderstandings, unnecessary frustrations and sometimes even termination.

Read our blog on the 10 potential pitfalls to avoid when selling a business to overseas buyers.

Recent Transactions

Below you can find examples of corporate deals.

Merger of YellowStone and Marlin Environmental

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Merger of YellowStone and Marlin Environmental

Paris Smith recently acted on the merger of two regional specialist waste management companies. Environmental and Engineering Group Limited is the new holding company for the enlarged group which is a leader in the provision of specialist waste management and disposal across the south and south west. Yellowstone Environmental has a long and rich history in transporting and disposing of hazardous waste in the shipping , construction, oil, aviation and space sectors from its base in Dorset. Its merger with Portsmouth and Plymouth- based Marlin Environmental, which specialises in the maritime, transport , defence and leisure industries means that the combined group can now provide a streamlined one stop shop for the management , transportation and engineering of their clients’ sites and vessels. This in turn delivers speed and efficiency and reduces down time. All directors and shareholders remain in the enlarged group
The group’s customers include delivering contracts to maintain Royal Navy warships, commercial ferries, cruise ships, event sites and retail stores nationwide.
The Paris Smith corporate team comprised Amanda Brockwell Claudia Mihai, and Alice Binns who worked on the merger paperwork which also included dealing with the exercise of EMI options for senior management, dealing with stamp duty applications for relief, and all corporate paperwork dealing with the new group structure.

Steve Cunningham, FD said:

“The corporate team at Paris Smith were recommended to us and we were delighted with the efficient and thorough approach Amanda and her team had to setting up the group. There was a lot of paperwork involved but the team led us through all the steps involved whilst still listening to what we wanted out of the merger and the group going forwards. They had quite a tight deadline to work to, but delivered on time . We were delighted with the outcome.”

Hillier Nurseries’ acquisition of Rosebourne Ltd

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Hillier Nurseries’ acquisition of Rosebourne Ltd

Amanda Brockwell led the team at Paris Smith who acted for Hillier Nurseries in its acquisition of Rosebourne Limited, a company with a portfolio of three garden and homeware centres.  This deal further expanded Hillier Nurseries’ growing chain of garden centres into new areas. Hillier now owns 22 garden centres, 10 of which have been acquired by the team at Paris Smith.  This transaction involved strong co-ordination and team working on the project across the firm including corporate, commercial, property, banking, planning and employment specialisms and demonstrated the Firms’ strength in depth

The acquisition involved a very large number of selling shareholders, option holders, warrant holders and specialist private equity investor, Puma Investments Limited. Given the large number of sellers, many of whom were remote EIS investors, W&I insurance was negotiated and put in place upon completion.

Sale of Orange Chemicals Limited to IMCD UK Limited, part of the Dutch group, IMCD NV

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Sale of Orange Chemicals Limited to IMCD UK Limited, part of the Dutch group, IMCD NV

Paris Smith were delighted to have worked with John Millett in the sale of Orange Chemicals Limited to IMCD UK Limited, part of the Dutch group, IMCD NV. Since its inception in 1976, Orange Chemicals, based in Winchester, has built an excellent industry reputation as a distributor covering the coatings & construction, advanced materials and other industrial markets in the UK and Ireland. With a workforce of 7 staff it generated a revenue of approximately EUR 30 million in financial year 2022.

“I worked closely with Amanda Brockwell and Claudia Mihai at Paris Smith who formed part of the team of professionals who guided me through the sale process, something I had no previous experience of. Collaborative team work and a problem solving approach were instrumental to the smooth running of the negotiations and the successful completion. I cannot recommend them highly enough.”

SAL Scientific sale to Advanced Industries Ltd

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SAL Scientific sale to Advanced Industries Ltd

Paris Smith, led by Richard Atcherley, advised the majority shareholders of SAL Scientific Limited on the sale of their shareholding interests in SAL Scientific Limited to Advanced Industries Ltd., the UK subsidiary of Advanced Instruments LLC, a global provider of scientific and analytical solutions for the bio processing and clinical industries.

“The service provided by … Paris Smith was first-class: we were very impressed by the knowledge, professionalism and responsiveness of the members of the teams … and we are very grateful for the advice given throughout the process.”

AutoLogic Systems sale to Routeco Ltd

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AutoLogic Systems sale to Routeco Ltd

Paris Smith acted for the shareholders of tech company, AutoLogic Systems Limited on its acquisition by French-owned Routeco Limited, with whom AutoLogic have partnered successfully since 2019. AutoLogic is a leading provider of simulation related products and consulting services, providing software solutions to the manufacturing, transport and logistics sectors. Their clients include Nestle, Homebase and Gatwick Airport.

The acquisition provides both companies with the perfect opportunity to further develop their businesses as a part of a larger close working group. Day to day, the business continues to operate with the former shareholders remaining as directors and operating from their current premises near Oxford.

Amanda Brockwell and Claudia Mihai worked with the shareholders throughout the long, hot summer of 2022 to negotiate and finalise the deal. Graham Carter, shareholder and Managing Director commented:

Amanda and Claudia were recommended to us as highly effective commercial advisers to lead the legal team and process, and we found them to be just that. They added real value to the process and the deal terms and worked seamlessly with us as sellers as well as our other professional advisers to make the deal happen. I would recommend them and Paris Smith unreservedly”.

Blue Rock Systems Ltd share disposal to Aptech Business Systems Ltd

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Blue Rock Systems Ltd share disposal to Aptech Business Systems Ltd

A Paris Smith team led by Michael Moore acted for the shareholders of Blue Rock Systems Limited, a software and IT solutions specialist, on the disposal of the entire issued share capital to Aptech Business Systems Limited.

Berry Technologies Group shareholders sale to Babble Cloud Ltd

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Berry Technologies Group shareholders sale to Babble Cloud Ltd

Paris Smith, led by partner Jonathon Roy, acted for exiting shareholders of Berry Technologies Group Limited on the sale of the entire issued share capital of the company to Babble Cloud Limited.

Totalmobile Holdings Ltd acquisition of Working Time Solutions Ltd

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Totalmobile Holdings Ltd acquisition of Working Time Solutions Ltd

The Paris Smith team, led by Amanda Brockwell, advised Totalmobile Holdings Limited (backed by Bowmark Capital) on its acquisition of the entire issued share capital of Working Time Solutions Limited, a Manchester-based provider of shift planning, rostering and workforce management software and services.

Phase Technology Holdings Ltd sale to Hydro-X Water Treatment Ltd

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Phase Technology Holdings Ltd sale to Hydro-X Water Treatment Ltd

Paris Smith, led by Richard Atcherley, acted for the shareholders on the sale of Phase Technology Holdings Limited, a provider of water treatment and air quality services to the building services, facilities management and healthcare sectors, to Hydro-X Water Treatment Limited, a Marlowe PLC subsidiary.

Churches Fire 19 acquisitions

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Churches Fire 19 acquisitions

The Paris Smith team, led by Amanda Brockwell has completed 19 acquisitions for Horizon Capital –owned Churches Fire Security Limited, increasing their footprint and market share of fire prevention and maintenance services throughout the UK. More recent acquisitions have seen the expansion of the group’s operations in the security and electrical installation side of the business. In 2022 alone they completed acquisitions of Debco Rentals Limited; Fire Alarm Installations (UK) Limited; Westronics Limited; Inno Fire and Security Limited; and Apollo Alarms Limited. In 2023 the acquisition of Marriott Security Limited was added to the tally.

Director, Lorna Hayes said “Amanda is hands down the best corporate lawyer I have ever worked with. She is responsive, commercial, helps guide us in our business development with solid advice and knows exactly what we want from purchasing a business. We hardly need to give any instruction other than “crack on” and she and her team deliver – every time. We are a PE backed, acquisitive, business so we are demanding and demonstrative. She never flinches, takes everything in her stride and is the epitome of professionalism.”

Hargroves Cycles Ltd sale to Pedal Group UK Ltd

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Hargroves Cycles Ltd sale to Pedal Group UK Ltd

Paris Smith, led by partner Jonathon Roy, acted for the shareholders of Hargroves Cycles Limited on the sale of the entire issued share capital to Pedal Group UK Limited, the UK subsidiary of Australian Stock Exchange listed Pedal Group.

Alfred Homes buy-out of majority shareholder

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Alfred Homes buy-out of majority shareholder

Paris Smith, led by partners Jonathon Roy and Joanne Spittle, acted for the founder shareholder of specialist house builder Alfred Homes Limited on the buy-out of the majority shareholder.

Imperial Car Supermarkets sale to Cazoo

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Imperial Car Supermarkets sale to Cazoo

Paris Smith, led by Corporate partners Jonathon Roy and Amanda Brockwell, advised the shareholders of Imperial Car Supermarket, one of the largest luxury second hand car dealers in the south east region, with 18 showrooms, to Cazoo.

Halo Accident repair Centre Ltd sale to IRS Group

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Halo Accident repair Centre Ltd sale to IRS Group

Paris Smith, led by corporate partner Michael Moore acted on the sale of Halo Accident Repair Centre Ltd to IRS Group, a private equity backed firm with vehicle operations in Germany, Belgium, Denmark and Sweden.

Michael Moore and his assistant Claudia Mihai have become an integral part of our deal team and provide great commercial, practical and legal advice working within tight time frames. They worked very closely with our financial and tax advisors to see us through the due diligence phase of transaction, and then had a proactive approach to problem-solving which enabled us to complete the transaction promptly. We would recommend a team wholeheartedly.

Cloudskiff SAS sale to Snyk Ltd

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Cloudskiff SAS sale to Snyk Ltd

Paris Smith, led by partner Jonathon Roy, acted for the individual and private equity shareholders of Cloudskiff SAS on its sale to Snyk Limited. This cross-border transaction included a RSI (restrictive stock unit) scheme.

In Cloud Solutions sale to Sapphire Systems

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In Cloud Solutions sale to Sapphire Systems

The Paris Smith team, led by Richard Atcherley acted for the shareholders of In Cloud Solutions Limited on its sale to Sapphire Systems through the private equity backed buyer, Muscovite Bidco Limited.

Vanguardia Ltd sale to Buro Happold LLP

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Vanguardia Ltd sale to Buro Happold LLP

The Paris Smith team, led by Richard Atcherley acted for the shareholders of Vanguardia Limited on its sale to Buro Happold LLP. Vanguardia is a world leading acoustics and audio-visual consultancy based in London.

Totalmobile Ltd purchase of Cognito IQ Ltd

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Totalmobile Ltd purchase of Cognito IQ Ltd

The Paris Smith team, led by corporate partner Amanda Brockwell, represented Totalmobile Limited, a software company, on its acquisition of Cognito IQ Limited and its US based subsidiary Cognito Q Inc. from a number of private equity firms, the management team appointed by them, individual sellers and EMI option holders. The transaction included buyer W&I insurance.

Totalmobile Limited cross border acquisition of Geopol

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Totalmobile Limited cross border acquisition of Geopol

Paris Smith, led by Corporate partner Amanda Brockwell acted for Totalmobile in its cross-border acquisition of Geopol, a Dublin-based workforce tech firm, which provides a suite of software used by businesses to manage staff and ensure productivity and health and safety compliance.

Jim Darragh, Chief Executive of Totalmobile commented: “Amanda and the team at Paris Smith have become an integral part of our deal team and provide great commercial, practical and legal advice working within tight timeframes. We would recommend the team whole heartedly. They are an absolute pleasure to work with – you’ve done another great job”.

SHB Hire disposal

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SHB Hire disposal

Paris Smith team, led by corporate partner Jonathon Roy, represented the shareholders of Hampshire based SHB Hire on the sale of the company to Enterprise Rent-a-Car.  The acquisition was the largest ever transaction undertaken by Enterprise outside North America.

“Despite being told that we should use London lawyers for the sale of SHB we decided to stick with Paris Smith whom our family have dealt with since the 1950s. We found that they reacted quickly and efficiently to the many issues that arose out of a process of creating new companies, transferring shares and properties and finally selling SHB. The purchaser used London lawyers and Paris Smith more than proved themselves to have been the best choice for us.” – Mike Street, Founder, SHB Hire

Hillier Nurseries acquisitions

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Hillier Nurseries acquisitions

Paris Smith team, led by corporate partner Amanda Brockwell and property partner Rachel Saint, represented Hillier Nurseries on the acquisitions of five garden centre businesses as part of the Wyevale Garden Centres sell off.

“I have to say everyone has subsequently been very impressed with you and your colleagues and it was a unanimous decision to bring you on board as our principal lawyer. Thank you again for your team’s contribution on Wyevale this year. Without Amanda in particular, we wouldn’t have been able to deliver what was a transformational transaction.” – David Holligon, Director, Hillier Nurseries

Knowlton & Newman Ltd sale to Rubix UK

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Knowlton & Newman Ltd sale to Rubix UK

Paris Smith, led by Corporate partner Amanda Brockwell, advised the shareholders of Knowlton & Newman Ltd on the sale of the entire issued share capital of the company to Rubix UK as part of the its network development strategy in the south of England.

Mike Knowlton, Managing Director said: “We’re really looking forward to leveraging the Rubix UK network to accelerate sales, as well as capitalising on Rubix’s technical expertise in providing other key maintenance and repair solutions to expand our offer to customers here in the south of England.”

Bargate Homes disposal

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Bargate Homes disposal

Paris Smith team, led by corporate partner Amanda Brockwell, represented the shareholders of Bargate Homes Limited on the sale of the company to Vivid Housing Group.

“Over the years having worked with major London law firms and law firms that are typically used by plc’s; you recognise that whilst they are there charging you by the hour, they don’t have an intrinsic knowledge of your business. We now know Amanda very well, and our main reason we want her as part of our team is because she gets the reasoning behind what we’re doing. Sometimes if you feel you are all thinking in the same way, it makes the preparation of paperwork and the end result both simpler, and a more pleasant experience.” – Gerard Price, Managing Director, Bargate Homes

Transforming Systems Ltd sale to VitalHub Corp

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Transforming Systems Ltd sale to VitalHub Corp

Paris Smith team, led by Corporate partners Richard Atcherley and Jonathon Roy, advised the shareholders of Transforming Systems Limited on the sale of the company to Toronto Stock Exchange listed VitalHub for an initial price of approximately £6 million comprised of cash and shares in VitalHub.

Colin Rees, former executive chairman of Transforming Systems, commented: ”Can I just say a huge thank you for guiding Transforming Systems and me personally through the process to sale. You have been a genuine pleasure to deal with and I don’t care what they say about lawyers, I don’t think it’s true!”

Millbrook Industries demerger and disposal

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Millbrook Industries demerger and disposal

Paris Smith team, led by corporate partners Jonathon Roy and Clare McCauley, represented Millbrook Industries and its shareholders on the demerger of Millbrook Healthcare and the sale of Millbrook Healthcare Limited to Cairngorm Capital Partners.

“The Millbrook Group have enjoyed a longstanding relationship with Paris Smith. The Paris Smith team on this transaction, led by Jonathon Roy, were professional and dedicated in the legal assistance they provided to enable us to achieve an extremely satisfactory conclusion to a complex and intensive process.” – Paul Croll, selling shareholder of Millbrook Healthcare

GRG Waste UK Ltd acquisition of Chloros Environmental Ltd

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GRG Waste UK Ltd acquisition of Chloros Environmental Ltd

A 9-strong Paris Smith team, led by Corporate partner Michael Moore, advised GRG Waste UK, a Hampshire based subsidiary of Guernsey Recycling Group, which specialises in recycling and waste recovery, on its acquisition of the entire issued share capital of Chloros Environmental, one of the UK’s fastest growing hazardous waste companies.

Grandeco Wallfashion Group’s acquisition of Holden Décor Ltd

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Grandeco Wallfashion Group’s acquisition of Holden Décor Ltd

Paris Smith team, led by Corporate partner Michael Moore, advised Grandeco, a leading manufacturer of wall covering products based in Belgium, on its acquisition of Holden Décor, one of the UK’s leading wallcovering companies, from D&V Holden Limited.

Churches Fire Security acquisitions

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Churches Fire Security acquisitions

Paris Smith corporate partner Amanda Brockwell has represented Churches Fire Security, recently backed by investment by Horizon Capital, on more than 20 acquisitions.

“I find Paris Smith professional and practical with reasonable charges for the high level of legal support. The lawyers I have dealt with at Paris Smith are the best I have worked with in both the local and wider areas.” – Lorna Hayes, Managing Director, Churches Fire

Capstone Foster Care Group – sale to Employee Ownership Trust (EOT)

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Capstone Foster Care Group – sale to Employee Ownership Trust (EOT)

Paris Smith, led by Corporate partner Amanda Brockwell, advised the shareholders of Capstone, one of the largest independent foster care agencies in the UK, on the sale of their interests to an EOT.

Draper Tools cross border acquisition

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Draper Tools cross border acquisition

Paris Smith team, led by corporate partner Jonathon Roy, represented Draper Tools on its cross-border acquisition of The Netherlands based Delta International BV.

“When we were considering the proposed acquisition of an overseas subsidiary with a relatively complex earn-out structure, we approached our regular solicitors, Paris Smith for some clear guidance on both the due diligence and legal requirements. As we have not been involved in such a transaction previously, working with Jonathon Roy for the first time made this process very simple. Jonathon was especially helpful and provided clear, efficient and prompt advice on our legal and financial position. Working very closely with our Dutch solicitor, Jonathon steered us through the legal documentation and the language barrier to bring the acquisition to a successful conclusion.” – Peter Denney, FD, Draper Tools

Totalmobile acquisitions

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Totalmobile acquisitions

Paris Smith team, led by corporate partner Amanda Brockwell, represented Totalmobile Limited (backed by Horizon Capital) on its simultaneous acquisitions of both Cloud Dialogs Limited and Technological Business Solutions Limited.

“These were key acquisitions for us and enhance the portfolio of services we can now offer to a wide range of sectors. Amanda and the team at Paris Smith became an integral part of our deal team and provided great commercial, practical and legal advice within tight timeframes. We would recommend the team whole heartedly. You are an absolute pleasure to work with – you’ve done another great job. I just wanted to say a massive thank you for all your hard work and support to Totalmobile during the process as an exceptional team and a well-run project, with a successful outcome. We truly believe this is another memorable step in our very exciting journey.” – Jim Darragh, Chief Executive, Totalmobile

Adams Morey disposal

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Adams Morey disposal

Paris Smith team, led by corporate partner Richard Atcherley, represented Adams Morey Holdings Limited in relation to sale of the entire issued share capital of Adams Morey Limited to Greenhouse Group Limited.

R&W Civil Engineering Group sale of division

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R&W Civil Engineering Group sale of division

Paris Smith team, led by corporate partner Amanda Brockwell, represented R&W Civil Engineering Group Limited on the sale of its Traffic Management division to Chevron. Chevron (backed by private equity investor Triton) is the largest supplier of traffic management services in the UK.

“Amanda Brockwell and Arezou Rezai of Paris Smith LLP worked in tandem with John Foundling at Menzies Corporate Finance to deliver strategic objectives. Teamwork was absolutely crucial here, as well as an understanding of our key commercial objectives and delivering solutions to the numerous issues which arose along the way. They absolutely performed and more than held their own with national legal firms, who made life very difficult at times.  We were delighted to have them by our side and we will be sticking with this team on any future transactions.” – Andy Theobald, Managing Director, R&W Civil Engineering Group

Haskins Garden Center acquisition

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Haskins Garden Center acquisition

Paris Smith team, led corporate partner Jonathon Roy and property partner Rachel Saint, represented Haskins Garden Centre on its acquisition of Forest Lodge Garden Centre, Garden Style and Birdworld.

Contraload NV cross border acquisition

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Contraload NV cross border acquisition

Paris Smith team, led by corporate partner Michael Moore, represented Contraload NV (backed by investment from Gimv) on its cross-border acquisition of Packaging Logistics Services Ltd from Bibby Line Group.

Richmond Cars acquisition

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Richmond Cars acquisition

Paris Smith team, led by corporate partner Jonathon Roy, represented Richmond Cars on the acquisition of Sparshatts of Botley.

Lymington Marina strategic acquisitions

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Lymington Marina strategic acquisitions

Paris Smith team, led by corporate partner Richard Atcherley, represented Lymington Marina Limited on its strategic acquisitions of Marine IP Limited and BHG Marine Limited.

GHG Group disposal

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GHG Group disposal

Paris Smith team, led by Corporate partner Jonathon Roy, advised the shareholders of GHG Group (a leading loss adjuster) to a buyer backed by YFM Private Equity.

UK Power Solutions disposal

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UK Power Solutions disposal

Paris Smith team, led by corporate partner Amanda Brockwell, represented the shareholders of UK Power Solutions Limited on the sale the company to Last Mile Infrastructure Limited, a company owned by Infracapital, the infrastructure equity investment arm of M&G Prudential.

“When UKPS needed to find a corporate lawyer for a transaction, they chose Paris Smith from a short list of experienced city and provincial firms. Paris Smith won because of their personal touch, attention to detail and the ability to get the shareholders comfortable with the fact that they would be a valued client. In the transaction process, against a city firm, Paris Smith proved their worth. Their experience in deals of our size, and the dedicated team, ensured that UKPS and its shareholders were able to hold their own in the contract negotiations and got the best possible outcome. From partner level down, everyone at Paris Smith was approachable and supportive at all hours. I would highly recommend them to others.” – James Trumper, Financial Director, UKPS

Perimeter Intruder Detection Systems disposal

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Perimeter Intruder Detection Systems disposal

Paris Smith team, led by corporate partner Michael Moore, represented the shareholders of Perimeter Intruder Detection Systems Ltd on the sale of the entire issued share capital of the company to SmartWater Limited

Amberley Adhesives disposal

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Amberley Adhesives disposal

Paris Smith team, led by corporate partner Jonathon Roy, represented the shareholders of Amberley Adhesives Limited on the sale of the entire issued share capital of the company to the Coveris Group,  one of the world’s largest packaging solutions businesses.

“Professional, responsive and practical support from Jonathon and Arezou of Paris Smith throughout the recent sale process of my business. I have had excellent service and advice throughout the seventeen plus years that I have been a client of Paris Smith and this transaction has been no different . I can’t recommend them and the PS team highly enough.” – Trevor Smith, Amberley Adhesive Labels Ltd

Meridian Electrical Contracting MBO

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Meridian Electrical Contracting MBO

Paris Smith team, led by corporate partner Michael Moore, represented Meridian Electrical Holdings on the management buy-out of Meridian Electrical Contracting.

TW Metals acquisition

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TW Metals acquisition

Paris Smith team, led by corporate partner Michael Moore, represented TW Metals on the acquisition of the entire issued share capital of Locate Supplies Limited.

“So much time and money can be saved with clear advice from the outset. Paris Smith have a well-balanced team spanning a wide breadth of expertise for us to draw on.  They are engaging and fun to work with and I would highly recommend the Paris Smith team.” – Gail Thomas, Managing Director, TW Metals

Summa NV acquisition

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Summa NV acquisition

Paris Smith team, led by corporate partner Michael Moore, represented Belgium based Summa NV (backed by investment from Gimv) on its acquisition of the entire issued share capital of CadCam Technologies Limited.

Guernsey Recycling Group acquisition

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Guernsey Recycling Group acquisition

Paris Smith team, led by corporate partner Michael Moore, represented Guernsey Recycling Group on its acquisition of Greenway Environmental Limited.

How we’ve helped our clients

“One referee says “Paris Smith provide a premium service with a real focus on quality;” another adds “The team are accessible and provide strongly commercial advice;” whilst a third referee states “They are very knowledgeable and handled difficult queries very well. They always kept us up to date and ensured a smooth process.””

Chambers Legal Directory 2024

“Referees say “The Paris Smith team has stood out for their ability to respond in a consistently timely and professional manner at all times across a broad range of legal advice areas”; “The Paris Smith team acts as a genuine partner and are there where and when you need them, consistently and professionally – I couldn’t ask any more of them”; “Clear and quality legal advice, hardworking legal counsel” and “Dedicated to the service they provide”.”

Legal 500 2024 Edition

“We instructed Jenny Packer to help us organise and facilitate an MBO for Tew Brothers Ltd. We specifically asked for Jenny because of a previous very positive experience when Jenny organised and put in place a shareholders agreement. Although sorting an MBO can be very complex, Jenny helped us to understand the process at every stage with excellent advice and also recommended and facilitated the use of other partner professionals such as AZETS to assist with the tax element of the MBO. The whole process was completed within the time scale we had asked for and in a seamless and professional manner. We were very happy and impressed with the whole process.”

Shaun Tew, Director

Tew Brothers Ltd

“The Corporate team at Paris Smith were recommended to us and we were delighted with the efficient and thorough approach Amanda and her team had to setting up the group. There was a lot of paperwork involved but the team led us through all the steps involved whilst still listening to what we wanted out of the merger and the group going forwards. They had quite a tight deadline to work to, but delivered on time. We were delighted with the outcome.”

Steve Cunningham, Financial Director

Yellowstone Environmental

“Claudia Mihai has become an integral part of our deal team, she has extensive knowledge of our business and knows what is important to us. She delivers great legal and practical advice within tight timeframes and is able to run the process seamlessly. We would highly recommend her services. ”

Rob Mott, Chairman

Charters Estate Agents

“Michael Moore led the team from Paris Smith that helped me sell my business. It was a challenging situation for me as I had founded it 20 years ago and had no experience in selling a business. Michael has a vast amount of experience which was very reassuring through the whole process. He was also able to pick up the phone and talk to the other parties representatives when needed. ”

David Marshall, Director & Shareholder

“The team at Paris Smith were central to us getting the transaction over the line. This was a deal that we could have easily missed out on if we hadn’t had the right team in place. It’s exciting for us as a business as the acquisition sits very well with our financial targets, as well as our mission, vision and values moving forward. In terms of our partnership with Paris Smith, they were central to us getting the transaction over the line. ”

George Hillier, Director of Property

Hillier Nurseries

“The teams are professional, knowledgeable and a pleasure to work with. I put a lot of trust into Paris Smith’s advice and would have no hesitation to recommend their services.”

Scott Stephens, Director

Forth Hold Limited

“I would just like to convey my sincere thanks to all concerned for your assistance in the acquisition of AFS. I have been very impressed, but not surprised, with the way you and your colleagues have dealt with this transaction. As you are probably aware we have a long association with Paris Smith and I am still in touch with many of the people I have previously dealt with. I look forward to continuing to work with you all in the future. ”

Bob Terris, Chairman – Meachers Global Logistics

“You guys were breathtakingly terrific these past 2 weeks. Jonathon – I always knew you were very good. I know now how wrong I was. You are not good, you are supreme. Arezou – I’ve known you briefly only. Your professionalism, thoroughness, mastery and smiling diligence throughout and on your personal sunny weekends too are so so impressive. And such wonderful people to boot. We are very privileged to have you as our lawyers. ”

Henri Alster – Founder of the GRI Group

“You are amazing Claudia. Thanks once again for turning this around so quickly.”

Ros Hanson, Managing Director

Halo Accident & Repair

“Thanks for all the guidance and for working so hard to get the deal done in such a short space of time.”

Michael Curran

“Referees say “It’s a very capable team with excellent strength and depth of knowledge across all corporate legal matters” and “They are experienced and able to understand the client priorities.””

Chambers & Partners 2023 – Referee Comments

“One source mentions the great strength in depth across the corporate team;” while another says “The people at Paris Smith have consistently demonstrated a real awareness of the challenges and opportunities facing my business, and a willingness to design and deliver solutions that fit my needs, rather than a narrow focus on “legal work”.” A further source states “‘The real strength of the team at Paris Smith is the willingness to invest time in understanding a client’s needs and the business challenges they face. Another source says “The culture at Paris Smith is to provide a quality, high end service without any attempt to intimidate or be pretentious. Paris Smith very much have their feet on the ground whilst retaining the reliable professionalism that you would expect.” There is “‘Great bandwidth across the various elements of commercial and corporate law and strength in depth.”

Legal 500 2023 – Referee Comments

“Thanks once again Claudia. We are not sure what we would do without you!”

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“We recently engaged Paris Smith LLP and Jonathon Roy to review a Management Buyout of our the employer, STR Ltd, one of the largest and most established recruitment agencies in Portsmouth. Acting on behalf of the buyers, Jonathon’s level of advice, speed and accuracy on everything was fantastic. I know we aren’t the only client of Paris Smith, but it certainly felt like it at times. Correspondence coming through at all hours, even over the weekend. Due to his support we were able to navigate the MBO relatively pain free and get it over the line. The new owners of STR Ltd are very pleased we had Paris Smith in our corner.”

STR Ltd – Management Buyout

“Jonathon and Tom were very helpful and available all through the process.”

PH – Company Sale

“I worked closely with Amanda Brockwell and Claudia Mihai at Paris Smith who formed part of the team of professionals who guided me through the sale process, something I had no previous experience of. Collaborative team work and a problem solving approach were instrumental to the smooth running of the negotiations and the successful completion. I cannot recommend them highly enough.”

John Millett

Orange Chemicals Ltd

“Amanda and Claudia were recommended to us as highly effective commercial advisers to lead the legal team and process, and we found them to be just that. They added real value to the process and the deal terms and worked seamlessly with us as sellers, as well as our other professional advisers to make the deal happen. I would recommend them and Paris Smith unreservedly.”

Graham Carter, MS & Shareholder

AutoLogic Systems Ltd

“I was very grateful to have a knowledgeable and insightful team at the other end of a phone whenever I needed them. Michael and Alex were great at making me feel at ease, enabling me to ask any questions I wanted.”

Jim O’Brien

Temple Gate Holdings Ltd – Company Sale

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