Acuity London Corporate M&A Deals Round Up

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Acuity’s award-winning Corporate M&A Team have had yet another busy year, advising a number of clients on a wide range of often complex and high-value deals. Here are just a few of the highlights:

Acuity supports Digital Radish on the sale of its business to Selbey Anderson

Acuity advised Digital Radish, a brand and ABM agency for high-growth B2B businesses, on the acquisition of the business by Selbey Anderson, the UK’s fast-growing independent marketing group. Aided by Yannick Ramsamy in Acuity’s employment team, this deal was Acuity’s 12th M&A in the past year.

Acuity completes two cross border transactions for Finn Partners

Acuity completed two cross border acquisitions for the US based Finn Partners, the independent and fast-growing agency group ‘with a heart and a conscience’ headed by the charming and modest Peter Finn, one business focused on healthcare (expanding the F&P offering here) and the other in digital marketing.

Acuity advises owners of Chameleon on the sale of its business to MikeWorldWide

Acuity advised the owners of The Reptile Group Limited, trading as Chameleon, an award-winning European technology Public Relations consultancy, on the sale of the business to MikeWorldWide (formerly MWWPR), one of the world’s leading independent public relations firms. Chameleon’s technology & B2B communications experience adds further depth to MikeWorldWide’s UK presence, creating one of the UK’s largest technology firms. The combined entity creates one of the top five B2B and top fifteen technology firms in the UK, with a team of almost 30 PR, content, and digital professionals.

Acuity advises PLMR on the acquisition of Advent Communications

Acuity advised PLMR, one of the UK’s most successful and fast-growing multi award-winning political lobbying and media agencies, on the acquisition of Midlands-based Advent Communications, a well-established public relations and media services consultancy based in the Midlands, and the acquisition of East Anglia-based PR and digital marketing agency Genesis. The two acquisitions, which both completed in the space of a month, are part of a strategic growth plan that focuses on growing PLMR’s regional network and expanding and deepening the range of skills the company offers to clients.

Acuity advises the owners of Omnifi on its sale to The Access Group

Acuity advised Omnifi, whose Orderbee Mobile Order and Pay technology gives hospitality operators the technology to drive efficiency, on the sale of the business to The Access Group, a leading provider of business management software and solutions. The acquisition will allow Access to add Orderbee to its hospitality software suite, allowing their clients to maximise profits, drive efficiencies and reduce administration time.

Acuity acts for the owners of TopLine on its acquisition by Definition Agency

We acted for TopLine Film, one of the UK’s top independent video production companies, on the acquisition of the business by Definition Agency, a multi-award winning reputation management agency group with ‘an ambitious growth strategy’. The deal continues Definition’s recent spate of acquisitions, which include the acquisition of our client Redhouse Communications in November 2020, and enhances the group’s ability to drive brand creation, recognition, engagement and growth for clients, through seamlessly integrated internal and external communications.

Acuity advises Karian and Box during its acquisition by Ipsos

Acuity advised Karian and Box, the UK’s leading specialist in employee research and experience, on the acquisition of the business by Ipsos, the global market Research and public opinion specialist. Ipsos is developing its Employee Relationship Management capabilities and this deal will help build on 15 years of growth, allowing them to become an even stronger employee research and advisory partner for their clients.

Acuity advises owners of Larsen Walsh on its sale to Gravity Global Ltd.

Acuity advised the owners of Larsen Walsh Consultants, a global strategic marketing agency based in London, on the sales of the business to Gravity Global Ltd, an award-winning specialist B2B marketing agency network.

Under the guidance of Partners Tessa Laws, Phil Pugh, James Hardy and Simon Wilson, our busy Corporate M&A London Team continue to support clients across a wide range of complex and high-value transactions regionally, nationally, and internationally. This significant growth and development of our expansive client base further enables us to increase the variety and size of the transactions we work on.

The team is further strengthened with the expertise of Associate Chiara Howfield, Trainee Solicitor Benedetta Cocconi and Paralegal Daniel Onafuwa.

For further information about these deals, and how our award-winning Ganton Street based London Corporate team can help you and your business, contact Tessa Laws or a member of our Corporate Team today.

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