£100M Merger Creates New Estate Agency Group

£100M Merger Creates New Estate Agency Group Dow Schofield Watts advised Lomond Capital on its £100m merger with Linley & Simpson in a deal which will create a new national lettings and estate agency group. The transaction, which was backed by LDC and LGT Capital Partners, brings together some of the UK’s strongest brands in … Continued

Manchester IT Firm Acquires Warrington’s Xicon Cloud

Manchester IT Firm Expands With Acquisition Warrington’s Xicon Cloud A private equity-backed IT, cloud and digital transformation specialist based in Manchester has expanded with the acquisition of a Warrington business. Ed Brentnall and Tomos Edwards from Dow Schofield Watts advised on the financial due diligence. The takeover of Xicon Cloud by BCN Group is designed to strengthen … Continued

Dow Schofield Watts advises British Engineering Services on the acquisition of Lantei

DSW advises British Engineering Services on the acquisition of Lantei Lantei Limited – a leading UK specialist in electrical testing, compliance, and remedial works – has been acquired by British Engineering Services. Based in Preston and employing a team of 80 engineers, Lantei is the latest addition to the British Engineering Services Group. Alongside electrical testing and compliance, … Continued

Major Feed Company Merges with Manufacture

Major Feed Company Merges with Manufacture Dodson & Horrell has announced a merger with animal feed manufacturer HJ Lea Oakes. Dow Schofield Watts Transaction Services provided financial due diligence on the deal. The venture will bring together the equine, poultry and zoo feed division of Dodson & Horrell Ltd with HJ Lea Oakes from 11 … Continued

DSW team advise on sale of leading IT solutions firm

DSW team advise on sale of leading IT solutions firm Agilitas IT Solutions – the UK’s leading services provider to IT channel partners – has changed hands in one of the most significant tech sector deals in recent months. NVM Private Equity has sold its stake in Agilitas to international private equity investor Perwyn. Dow … Continued

Total Capital-backed GRITIT acquires NMC Group

Total Capital-backed GRITIT acquires NMC Group Total Capital Partners (Total Capital) portfolio company GRITIT has completed the acquisition of Doncaster-based surfacing, engineering and external environment maintenance business NMC Group Ltd (NMC). Jonathan Steed of Dow Schofield Watts Transaction Services provided financial due diligence for the deal The unique and transformational acquisition of NMC doubles the … Continued

NorthEdge invests in Lights4fun

NorthEdge invests in Lights4fun Private equity firm NorthEdge has supported the management buyout of Lights4fun, one of Europe’s leading e-commerce retailers of decorative lighting, to further expand the business’ existing market presence internationally. Jonathan Steed of Dow Schofield Watts Transaction Services provided financial due diligence The direct-to-consumer Harrogate-headquartered business has been operating since 2003 and … Continued

Lab software business acquired by Canadian firm

Lab software business acquired by Canadian firm The Genial Group – the Chester-based group which is a market leader in laboratory software – has been acquired by Harris, part of the Canadian company Constellation Software Inc. Dow Schofield Watts advised the Genial shareholders on the deal and introduced the company to the buyer. Genial’s software … Continued

Fairway International Travel secures backing from ThinCats

Halifax travel firm which supports golfers on the PGA European Tour secures backing from ThinCats Fairway International Travel (FIT), an independent travel management company, has been supported by ThinCats with £1.5m in working capital. ThinCats was introduced by Phil Tarimo at Dow Schofield Watts Debt Advisory to provide the bespoke funding package needed. Founded in … Continued

Comms Design acquired by Unipart

Comms Design acquired by Unipart The Yorkshire & North East corporate finance team of Dow Schofield Watts has advised Comms Design on its sale to Unipart Rail, the rail division of Unipart Group. The transaction followed an international marketing of the company to strategic trade parties. Comms Design is based in Harrogate, Yorkshire, and is … Continued

DSW Aberdeen plays key role in MBI of ‘green’ chemicals company

DSW Aberdeen plays key role in MBI of ‘green’ chemicals company FIS Chemicals, the Aberdeen-based company which is a leading supplier of specialist chemicals to the energy and offshore industries, has undergone a multi-million management buy-in. The deal was initiated by Dow Schofield Watts Aberdeen which also advised the vendor Tom Cummings. It was backed … Continued

Dow Schofield Watts in running for North West Dealmakers Awards

Dow Schofield Watts in running for North West Dealmakers Awards Dow Schofield Watts has once again received multiple nominations in the annual Insider North West Dealmakers Awards. The firm is in the running for the Mid-Market Corporate Finance Team of the Year, an accolade it has won no fewer than three times in recent years. … Continued

Tile Giant acquired from Travis Perkins PLC

Tile Giant acquired from Travis Perkins PLC The Yorkshire & North East Corporate Finance team of Dow Schofield Watts has advised Leeds based specialist investment group, Coverings, on the acquisition of Tile Giant from Northampton based Travis Perkins PLC. Tile Giant is one of the leading tiling retailers in the UK through its 82 stores … Continued

Beech Tree Private Equity invests in Microsoft Cloud Specialist

Beech Tree Private Equity invests in Microsoft Cloud Specialist Beech Tree Private Equity has invested in Transparity Solutions and is set to support the fast-growing Microsoft cloud specialist’s plans to scale up rapidly in a fragmented market. Beech Tree and Newco were advised by Ed Brentnall, Rob Parker and Rebecca Smith of Dow Schofield Watts … Continued

Aberdeen engineering firm J&S Subsea acquired by management

Aberdeen engineering firm J&S Subsea acquired by management Aberdeen subsea engineering firm J&S Subsea has been acquired by its management in a deal that signals confidence in the long term prospects for the North Sea. Dow Schofield Watts Corporate Finance advised the buyout team. A team led by Matt Blair acquired the J&S Subsea operation … Continued