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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.

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.

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Read more about our recent transactions.

Imperial Car Supermarkets sale to Cazoo

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.

Totalmobile Limited cross border acquisition of Geopol

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

“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

“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

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