Case Studies

Who we advised: A gunnercooke team led by Stephen Kingsley and Sofia Hinkley advised the Shareholders of Steamer Trading on their acquisition of Divertimenti. Steamer Trading is the UK’s leading specialist independent Cookshop. It was founded in 1985 by David and Liz Phillips, respectively the former Buying Director of Habitat and Home Editor of The Sunday Times. Divertimenti is London’s leading Cookshop, with flagship store in Brompton Road, Knightsbridge. What our partner said: Sofia said, ‘Divertimenti’s products and in particular their online presence is highly complementary to Steamer’s existing Housewares business. The acquisition of the prime retail site in Knightsbridge is an exciting move for Steamer. We
Who we advised: Our clients were Polly Haley and Heidi Clark, co-founders of Milc Property Stylists – innovative and creative property designers. Having both previously worked for one of London’s top estate agents for several years, they became aware of an increasing demand for quality interior design and styling in the competitive property market. During this time they had gained invaluable knowledge of the property market and together with their design backgrounds, decided to set up a company focused on achieving quality and excellence. What our client said: “Having never sold a business before, it was of utmost importance that we chose a...
Who we advised: A team led by Georgina Tripp and Nick Ducker of gunnercooke acted for MBM Group Services on their acquisition of Barclay & Mathieson Limited (B&M Steel) from the Stemcor Group. gunnercooke worked closely with the advisory team from Breal Consulting Limited, with both parties also acting for the newly formed group on asset based lending facilities to be put in place with PNC Business Credit. Barclay & Mathieson Limited has operated in steel fabrication and industrial services for over 130 years. The acquisition will be highly complementary to MBM Group, a steel processing and stockholding company, with revenues in
Who we advised: A gunnercooke team led by Amanda Allen has advised on the sale of Rimstock plc to Safanad and Current Capital. As the UK’s only premier manufacturer and supplier of forged and cast aluminium wheels, Rimstock operates one of the most advanced design and manufacturing facilities in Europe. From OEM customers to motorsport, the defence sector, and its own aftermarket offerings under the Team Dynamics brand - Rimstock manufactures high quality, lightweight and optimised forged and cast alloy wheels, exporting to more than 40 countries. The company and its brand, Team Dynamics, is synonymous with motoring and motorsport - supporting the...
Who we advised: Our client was Mark Shenton, the founder and Managing Director of Woolovers; a fast growing online retail business, specialising in woolen jumpers. For Mark, this represented the culmination of over 26 years of work – so in addition to our role as lead legal advisor, there was a huge amount of personal preparation that we coached him through. What our client said: “Going through a transaction can be very distracting when you’re running a business. Matthew advised me that the most important thing for me was making sure that the business ran smoothly, and my financial performance stayed stable. To
Who we advised: A gunnercooke team led by Samantha Ogden has acted for Pets at Home on the acquisition of Northwest Surgeons; a specialist provider of veterinary services to veterinary practices in the North West, an important strategic acquisition for Pets. Pets at Home operates via 392 stores located across the UK and operate the UK’s largest small animal veterinary business with 308 practices, run principally under a joint venture using the Companion Care and Vets4Pets brand names. Northwest Surgeons Limited provides specialist veterinary services to veterinary practices in the North West. They specialise in orthopaedics, soft tissue and spinal surgery, internal...

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