Yorkshire Times
Weekend Edition
5:05 AM 7th January 2021

Strong Deal Flow For Keebles Corporate Team In 2020

Despite one of the most challenging M&A markets on record, Yorkshire law firm Keebles’ corporate department has had another excellent year and consolidated its position as the premier corporate team in South Yorkshire.

The corporate team began the year by bringing in deals worth more than £50m in just one day in January, including acted for the shareholders and management of Sheffield-based engineering company SCX Special Projects on its major investment by Elysian Capital.

The firm also advised on the sale of valve engineering company Zoedale Ltd to OEM Automatic and acted for listed engineering group Pressure Technologies on its £7.5m placing and fundraising on the Active Investment Market.

Multi-national transactions included acting for German chocolate manufacturer Ludwig Weinrich GmbH & Co. KG on the acquisition of a majority stake in global Fairtrade chocolate company Divine Chocolate and advising on the disposal of pharmaceutical consultancy firm BresMed Health Solutions to leading US private equity firm Arsenal Capital.

Other deals completed in 2020 include representing HGV firm John Hudson Trailers on its purchase of Tees Valley Trailers, advising on the sale of specialist cloud application provider ContactPartners to Davies Group, and the sale of NMC Group to winter maintenance provider GRITIT, backed by Total Capital Partners.

The most recent high-profile work completed by the team is advising cleantech renewables technology provider Mobile Power on its Series A fundraising with the Renewable Energy Performance Platform, among others.

Matt Ainsworth
Matt Ainsworth
Partner and head of the Corporate department, Matt Ainsworth said: “Having completed more than £250m of private equity, M&A and fundraisings during the period, we have continued to support our clients in our key sectors of hospitality, advanced manufacturing, technology and healthcare.

“We have enjoyed a strong year despite the unstable market conditions, which is a testament to the hard work of the team and shows their commitment to going above and beyond for our clients and getting the results they need.

“With a strong pipeline and the end of Covid-19 restrictions in sight, we remain confident that we will enjoy an excellent year in 2021.”