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Acquisition of Sher Bros
Opus advised Bestway, one of the UK’s largest private companies, on the acquisition of Sher Bros. Sher Bros is a leading independent cash & carry business based in Glasgow.
Acquisition of GAB Robins
Opus advised Crawford & Company, the world's largest independent provider of insurance claims management solutions, on its £45.8m acquisition of GAB Robins. Crawford is based in Atlanta and its shares are traded on the NYSE. The acquisition of GAB Robins will enable Crawford to expand significantly its claims handling business across a wide range of product lines in the UK and bolster its global specialty lines claims services.
Equity fund raise
Opus has provided advice to Ecovision Group in connection with the £3.6m investment by the Business Growth Fund
Equity fund raise for Speyside biomass CHP
Opus advised Estover on raising equity to fund construction of its Speyside biomass Combined Heat and Power (CHP) plant. The plant will be located next to the Macallan whisky distillery in Scotland, and will cost £74m to construct. John Laing and the UK Green Investment Bank are together providing £26m of equity funding, combined with £48m debt raised from the bond market backed by a guarantee from Infrastructure UK, part of HM Treasury. This is Estover’s first project to reach financial close, and Opus continues to advise Estover on its pipeline of future projects.
Sale to Herstal
Opus acted as financial and Rule 3 Adviser to AIM listed Manroy Plc on the recommended offer by Herstal SA, the Belgian defence group.
Sale of BBC Haymarket Exhibitions Ltd
Opus provided advice to the shareholders of BBC Haymarket Exhibitions Ltd in connection with the sale process and subsequent sale to management. The company owns rights over the BBC Good Food and Gardeners’ World Live shows.
Sale of solar PV portfolio to Aviva Investors
Opus provided advice to the shareholders of Ecovision Renewable Energy in connection with the sale of its residential solar photovoltaic (PV) portfolio. The portfolio consisted of over 4,000 residential PV systems totalling 12.3MW situated across the UK.
Equity fund raise
Opus advised the shareholders of Insure the Box Limited in its recent fund raising round to support its next phase of growth. Insure the Box is the UK’s leading telematics insurer which provides a range of insurance products targeting higher risk drivers.
Sale to EME Capital
Opus acted as financial and Rule 3 Adviser to AIM listed Theo Fennell PLC on its acquisition by EME Capital. The transaction was carried out by way of Scheme of Arrangement, implemented through a company incorporated by EME Capital for the purpose (Mirfield 1964 PLC), and received further backing from highly experienced investors Jon Moulton, Sir Keith Mills, Mike Jatania and Jurek Piasecki.
Sale to private investors
Opus advised the shareholders of Debrett’s on its sale to a consortium of private investors. Founded in 1769, Debrett’s is a globally recognised brand and publishing business best known for its titles Peerage & Baronetage and People of Today. The business will continue to develop new services and products under the Debrett’s brand.
Sale to NASDAQ OMX
Opus advised the shareholders of Glide Technologies on its sale to NASDAQ OMX. Founded in 2003, Glide Technologies is a leading SaaS provider of corporate communications and reputation management solutions. Glide’s product portfolio is used by numerous multinational corporations to monitor, manage and evaluate content and engage with media, investors, consumers and other public relations professionals. Glide Technologies will be integrated into NASDAQ OMX's Corporate Solutions to create the first and only fully-integrated workflow solution for investor relations and public relations professionals.
Equity investment into Pocket Living
Opus co-advised the shareholders of Pocket Living on securing equity finance for the acquisition and development of at least five affordable housing sites. Founded in 2002, Pocket Living designs and develops affordable starter homes for purchase across London. This deal will assist in Pocket’s aspiration to accelerate its development programme in London and to build a nationwide brand.
Joint venture with WAIglobal
Opus advised the shareholders of Sovereign Rotating Machines on its joint venture with WAIglobal. Founded in 1996, Sovereign Rotating Machines is the UK’s largest remanufacturer of starters and alternators, servicing a broad base of aftermarket customers throughout the UK. The joint venture with WAIglobal, a leading US-based parts manufacturer and international distributor, will enable Sovereign to accelerate its growth and expand the WAIglobal product offering.
Sale to Picard Vins et Spiritueux
Opus advised the shareholders of Tullibardine on its sale to Picard Vins et Spiritueux. Tullibardine is a leading highland malt whisky distillery, which had been owned by a group of private investors since 2003. The purchase by Picard, a French family-owned drinks company, strengthens its portfolio of whisky brands and secures long term access to a supply of high quality highland malt whisky.
Formation of energy efficiency financing business with Siemens
Opus advised the Carbon Trust on the establishment of a new venture with Siemens Financial Services to take over the provision of the Carbon Trust’s highly successful SME carbon efficiency loans scheme. The new partnership is aiming to provide UK businesses with green equipment finance worth up to £550 million over the next three years. This venture will also provide the foundation for a new energy efficiency procurement service to be provided to businesses.