The Hook Group raises funding



HMT LLP advised London-based creator of digital, social media content for brands The Hook Group on their Series A fundraising. Seneca Partners invested to support the business. Launched in 2014, The Hook Group has rapidly grown into one of the largest youth media groups globally on social media. The group is made up of three divisions that create content for, market brands or sell products to the youth market - The Hook, The Hook Labs and social commerce. [...]

Edge invests in digital media owner Jungle Creations

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Jamie Bolding CEO and Founder HMT LLP advised Edge Investments on their investment in Jungle Creations, one of the world’s most viewed companies on social media. Set up by 27-year-old serial entrepreneur Jamie Bolding in 2014 and headquartered in London, Jungle’ s primary business is as a digital media owner, having created and commercialised some of Facebook’s most popular food, beauty and lifestyle brands such as VT and Twisted, amassing over 82 million followers. Jungle Creations’ in-house [...]

Mobeus invests in Kudos

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HMT LLP advised Mobeus Equity Partners on their Series A investment in Kudos, the award-winning service for maximising the reach and impact of academic research. Founded in 2014, Kudos serves over a quarter of a million researchers, affiliated with over 10,000 universities and other research institutions in 190 countries. Having built the only platform dedicated to the dissemination of academic research across the multiple networks and channels available to researchers for sharing information about their work, as well [...]

Downing invests in Rated People

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HMT LLP advised Downing on their £4 million investment in online home services marketplace Rated People Ltd. Rated People is an online home services marketplace that aims to connect homeowners with high quality local tradespeople. The company offers access to more than 50,000 tradespeople, representing over 30 trades, and covering the whole of the UK.  It is free for homeowners to post jobs on the platform. Trades customers pay a subscription fee, along with transactional revenues to access [...]

Chiltern Capital invests in PES

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HMT LLP advised Chiltern Capital in a growth capital investment in employee benefits and HR support provider Premier Employer Solutions Ltd (“PES”). PES was founded as an employee benefits consultancy and started to focus on designing a SaaS employee benefits solution for smaller and mid-tier businesses in 2011. Since then PES has been offering clients an integrated employee benefits solution with an evolving, user-focused platform, expert benefits advice, employee communications, full back-office administration and an award-winning broking service. [...]

NVM invests in Clarilis

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HMT LLP advised NVM Private Equity on their £3.1 million investment in Clarilis Limited, a technology business providing drafting automation solutions to the legal industry. Based in Birmingham, Clarilis provides a software solution designed by lawyers for lawyers, that enables their clients to quickly and easily capture legal firm or legal department best drafting techniques and extend them consistently across the entire practice. The Clarilis platform is totally attuned to the specific needs of the legal profession, and [...]

BGF supports the acquisition of Majenta PLM

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HMT LLP advised BGF on their investment to support Cutting Edge Solutions’s acquisition of Majenta PLM and their future growth strategy. Based in Witney in Oxfordshire and formed in 1997, Cutting Edge Solutions is one of the longest serving Siemens computer-aided design and product lifecycle management (PLM) software resellers worldwide. Majenta PLM, based in Cranfield in Bedfordshire, is one of the few Platinum resellers in Europe and the UK and Ireland’s largest. Both companies work with clients across [...]

Investment in Live Better With

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HMT LLP advised lead investor Downing Ventures on the £5.4m investment in healthcare e-commerce platform Live Better With. Founded by entrepreneur Tamara Rajah, Live Better With is a healthcare ecommerce platform aimed at helping people with long-term medical conditions. Live Better With’s online marketplace provides access to non-medical products, services and helpful views and information that can make day-to-day life better for those coping with long-term health issues. The Live Better With community has more than 70,000 patients [...]

Edge invests in children’s activity app Hoop

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HMT LLP undertook financial due diligence for Edge Investments on their investment in a marketplace which helps families find and book organised local actives for kids. Edge and the Business Growth Fund invested £4 million in the business. Founded in 2016, Hoop helps families discover and book fun organised local activities for children; from kids raves and baby and toddler groups to swimming lessons, drama classes and arts and crafts. Since launching in 2016 the Hoop app has [...]

Edge invests in OTT video distribution platform Airbeem

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HMT LLP undertook financial due diligence for Edge Investments on their investment in UK-based “over-the-top” video distribution software Airbeem. Based in London, Airbeem provides software which enables content owners to publish and monetise their digital video content direct to consumers. Its turnkey solution for the middle market provides an end-to-end solution between content owners and consumers, offering easy and affordable ways for publishers delivering their digital content to drive various monetisation models and create a compelling user experience [...]

Peter Hargreaves invests in Goonhilly Earth Station

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HMT LLP undertook financial due diligence for Peter Hargreaves on his £24 million investment in Goonhilly Earth Station. Founded by entrepreneur and satellite communications engineer, Ian Jones, Goonhilly Earth Station Ltd acquired the Goonhilly satellite station from BT in 2014 with a vision to create a multi-faceted space hub. Goonhilly is famous for being involved in the first trans-Atlantic TV transmission in 1962, beaming images of the moon landing across Britain in 1969, and taking part in almost [...]

Downing and NVM invest in Channel Mum



HMT LLP advised Founder Siobhan Freegard and the shareholders of online video channel aimed at millennial mums Channel Mum on their third fundraising round. Downing and NVM invested £3.5 million to support the business. Siobhan Freegard, the Founder and Managing Director of Channel Mum is a highly successful entrepreneur who founded in 2000 the UK’s biggest parenting website Netmums. In 2011, HMT advised Siobhan and the other shareholders of Netmums on the disposal of the business to the [...]

Investment in Smyle Creative Limited

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HMT LLP advised Rockpool Investments and Chad Lion-Cachet on their investment in leading event and creative agency Smyle Creative Limited. Founded by Rick Stainton and Matt Margetson in 2003, Smyle is a leading creative agency delivering live and digital experiences to business and consumer audiences around the world, employing 70 full time staff with global brands as clients from sectors including tech, media, IT, finance and pharmaceutical. Smyle has delivered numerous international events for clients such as Samsung, [...]

Roma Finance secures funding from Foresight

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HMT LLP advised Foresight Group on their provision of a debt facility to independent principal property lender, Roma Finance. Foresight have provided a debt facility of up to £25 million to Roma. Based in Manchester, Roma provides short-term bridging finance to property developers, secured on residential, commercial and industrial properties, throughout England & Wales. Roma has a strong track record, having completed just under 500 transactions since 2014 and grown its loan book by almost 50% since January [...]

Downing invests in Glownet

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HMT LLP undertook financial due diligence for Downing Ventures on their investment in contactless solution provider for the event industry Glownet. Glownet develops a software solution that revolutionises the live event experience by creating frictionless, secure and optimised experiences for attendees, vendors, organisers and brands. The cloud-based platform delivers access control, cashless payments, crew management, social media activations, loyalty programs and customer insight solutions to music festivals, food & beverages festivals, nightclubs, trade shows, sporting events and more. Glownet [...]

Waterbear raises funding from Maven

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HMT LLP advised the shareholders of start-up Waterbear Education Ltd (“Waterbear”) on their fundraising. Maven Capital Partners (“Maven”) invested £1.1 million in the business. Waterbear is a private college working in partnership with a University offering Master of Arts and BA (Hons) Degree programmes to creative people. WaterBear’s industry-connected creative courses will be accredited and validated by the University of Chichester. Its innovative syllabus will deliver a blended learning programme, both online and on site, with a key emphasis [...]

YFM invests in Ncam

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HMT undertook financial due diligence for YFM Equity Partners (“YFM”) on their investment in augmented reality specialist Ncam. Ncam was founded in 2012 by Nic Hatch (CEO), Sam Boivin (CTO) and Brice Michoud (Senior R&D Engineer) to develop a unique augmented reality solution which combines patented camera tracking hardware that fuses data from multiple sources with proprietary software to adapt the application to its target markets. Ncam’s award winning products are utilised globally across Broadcast, Film and Episodic [...]

MBO of Rowan International

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HMT LLP undertook financial due diligence for Connection Capital on their investment in Rowan International to support the management buy-out. Founded 30 years ago, Rowan International is one of Europe’s largest residual stock management distributors, which specialises in buying and re-selling branded goods to the discount market. The company purchases surplus stock of fast-moving consumer goods such as leading-brand toiletries and cosmetics or household items that are left over, for instance when a promotional campaign comes to an [...]

Investment in ADC Biotechnology by Maven

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 HMT LLP advised Maven Capital Partners (“Maven”) on their investment in anti-cancer drugs manufacturer ADC Biotechnology (“ADC”). ADC Bio operates in the highest growth sector within oncology therapeutics and has developed a unique patented Lock-Release technology for the development and manufacture of Antibody Drug Conjugates (ADC) group of cancer therapies which are designed to specifically target and kill tumour cells. Known as ‘magic bullets’, ADCs are the next generation of anti-cancer drugs which combine the unique targeting capabilities of [...]

Investment in TRX by Edge

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HMT LLP undertook financial due diligence for Edge Investments (“Edge”) on their investment in Dial Square 86 Ltd, the holding company for online TV rights licensing platform The RightsXchange (“TRX”). TRX is an online deal-making platform for TV rights licensing. It enables TV programme buyers to search for content, access instant rights availabilities, negotiate a deal and sign the contract entirely online. Presently transactions in this market happen offline and person-to-person, leading to long deal times and operational inefficiencies. [...]

Investment in Trade Skills 4U by Palatine

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HMT LLP undertook financial due diligence for Palatine Private Equity (“Palatine”) on their investment in electrical training courses firm Trade Skills 4U. Headquartered in Crawley with sites in London and Warrington, Trade Skills 4U provides a range of electrical courses for individuals who have little or no electrical knowledge who want to become electricians, while also providing further training to those already in the profession or associated trades. Palatine invested to support the existing management team. The investment marks [...]

NVM invests in Knowledgemotion Ltd



HMT LLP undertook financial due diligence for NVM Private Equity (“NVM”) on their investment in online educational content provider Knowledgemotion Ltd (trading as “boclips”). Founded in 2013 by David Bainbridge, Knowledgemotion has developed boclips, a video platform designed specifically for the education sector. boclips enables education providers to easily find, license and use video clips in their teaching products and services. The platform hosts over forty international content producers including the BBC, Getty Images, PBS, Bloomberg and Associated Press [...]

Porta Communications PLC secures funding from Clydesdale

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HMT assisted international communications and marketing group Porta Communications Plc (“Porta”) secure a £3.3 million Revolving Credit Facility from Clydesdale Bank PLC (“Clydesdale”). Porta is an international consultancy business offering their clients a range of communications, marketing, design, advertising and analytical services to meet the fast changing communications and information landscape. Porta currently owns seven specialist brands with 18 offices in 9 countries across Europe, Middle East and Asia Pacific. HMT’s debt advisory team helped Porta to raise a [...]

Jump In secures funding



HMT LLP advised indoor trampoline arena operator GoJumpin Ltd (“Jump In”) on its recent development capital funding to support its continued expansion. Founded by Vernon West and Gavin Lucas together with mumpreneur Linda Willaford-West, Jump In is a leading UK leisure and recreational activities business. Jump In now has six indoor trampoline arenas nationwide in Slough, Tonbridge, Enfield, Aberdeen, Warwick and Walsall and offers jumping, fitness and free-running classes as well as jumping sessions for kids and adults. This [...]

Investment in Xupes by Downing LLP

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HMT LLP undertook financial due diligence for Downing LLP (“Downing”) on their investment in leading retailer of pre-owned luxury goods Xupes Limited (“Xupes”). Founded in 2009 by Frank and Joseph McKenzie, Xupes has grown from its roots as a family business to one of the leading retailers of pre-owned luxury goods, employing approximately 25 members of staff. As well as selling high-end watches, jewellery, handbags, fine arts and antiques, Xupes also offers servicing and repairs on their luxury goods. Downing’s [...]

MBO of Clamason supported by Connection Capital

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HMT LLP advised on the management buy-out of Clamason Industries Limited (“Clamason”) supported by Connection Capital (“Connection”) and Santander. Clamason is Europe’s leading manufacturer of precision pressings and stampings.  With facilities both in the UK and Slovakia, Clamason is a multi-award winning market leader for precision pressings in the automotive, medical and domestic sectors, with established international blue-chip clients. The Management Buy-out was supported by Connection Capital whose clients invested £5.4million in the business. Funding and banking facilities were also [...]

Investment in My 1st Years by Beringea

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HMT LLP undertook financial due diligence for Beringea LLP (“Beringea”) and Hargreave Hale (“Hargreave”) on their £5 million growth capital investment in personalisation site for children’s products My 1st Years. My 1st Years is an ecommerce company that provides personalised gifts for babies and children. The company was founded by Daniel Price and Jonny Sitton in 2009, and has since become a favourite with celebrities including Dannii Minogue and Elton John as well as the royals. My 1st Years is [...]

Investment in Newsflare by Edge Investments

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5 Deals of Christmas - 3 videos uploading... HMT LLP undertook due diligence for Edge Investments (“Edge”) on their £2.4million investment in online video news community Newsflare. Newsflare is a video marketplace platform for video creators, licensing UGC video to some of the world’s biggest media players. Newsflare matches video content to demand and distributes the content to clients and partners around the world. Newsflare provides video to a wide range of media players, all of whom seek compelling video [...]

Connection Capital invests £4.6m of growth capital in IconX

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5 Deals of Christmas - 4 keys cutting... HMT LLP advised the shareholders of IconX Ltd (“IconX”), an innovative British manufacturer of semi-automated key cutting machines, on their fundraising supported by Connection Capital LLP (“Connection”). Established in 2010, IconX has developed “My Key Machine”, a unique, self-contained key cutting machine that is able to scan and cut more than 90% of the UK’s domestic key range. Using a unique technology, My Key Machine replicates keys quickly, efficiently and accurately, providing [...]

Jump In secures funding from Santander

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HMT's 5 Deals of Christmas - 2 children jumping... HMT LLP advised indoor trampoline arena operator GoJumpin Ltd (“Jump In”) on their fundraising supported by Santander Growth Capital (“Santander”). Founded by dadpreneurs Vernon West and Gavin Lucas together with mumpreneur Linda Willaford-West, Jump In is a leading UK leisure and recreational activities business. Jump In has three indoor trampoline arenas in Slough, Tonbridge and Warwick and offers jumping, fitness and free-running classes as well as jumping sessions for kids and [...]

Investment in Dovetail Games by Alcuin

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HMT LLP undertook financial due diligence for Alcuin Capital Partners (“Alcuin”) on their investment in simulation games provider Dovetail Games (“Dovetail”). Established in 2009, Dovetail Games is a market-leader in the development and publishing of simulation entertainment products. Initially responsible for producing the Train Simulator series of products on PC, Dovetail has expanded its range of games to include flight and fishing simulation games, available for both PC and console. The company has grown from 7 employees to over 130 [...]

Investment in Chic Retreats by Maven

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HMT LLP advised Maven Capital Partners (“Maven”) on their investment in technology company Chic Lifestyle Ltd, which operates under the brand Chic Retreats (“Chic”). Chic Retreats operates in the online B2B travel and tourism sector, enabling independent and boutique hotels, as well and luxury villas, to optimise the distribution of their rooms, rates and availability online.  The Company’s innovative software targets an under served segment of the market allowing these smaller properties to manage inventory in real time and process [...]

Investment in Contact Engine by Beringea and Amadeus Capital

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HMT LLP undertook due diligence for Beringea LLP (“Beringea”) and Amadeus Capital on their investment in SaaS solutions provider ContactEngine. Founded in 2009, ContactEngine is a SaaS platform that automates the conversations between corporates and their customers, ensuring that crucial moments such as sales, deliveries and appointments are executed with precision and minimum effort. ContactEngine’s ground-breaking solutions have attracted major clients, including Whirlpool, Virgin Media, Sky, Telecom Italia and British Gas. The company has already established a presence in Italy, Germany [...]

Investment in Channel Mum by NVM



HMT LLP advised Channel Mum Ltd (“Channel Mum”), the UK’s first parenting Youtube community on their recent equity fundraising with NVM Private Equity (“NVM”). Siobhan Freegard, the Founder and Managing Director of Channel Mum is a highly successful entrepreneur who founded in 2000 the UK’s biggest parenting website Netmums. In 2011, HMT advised Siobhan and the other shareholders of Netmums on the disposal of the business to the No 1 publisher of women websites worldwide Aufeminin. Siobhan created Channel Mum [...]

Investment in MPB by Mobeus

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HMT LLP undertook financial due diligence for Mobeus Equity Partners (“Mobeus”) on their £2.1 million investment in the UK’s largest online marketplace for photographic equipment MPB. Based in Brighton, MPB was founded by Matt Barker in 2008. The business has developed a custom-designed technology that provides a more efficient and enjoyable way of selling and buying used camera equipment and is now the UK’s largest online marketplace to sell, buy or exchange camera equipment. MPB which was launched with a [...]

Investment in Thread by Beringea

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HMT LLP undertook due diligence for Beringea LLP (“Beringea”) on their investment in UK men personal styling service provider Thread Ltd (“Thread”). Founded in 2012 by entrepreneurs Kieran O’Neill, Ben Phillips and Ben Kucsan, Thread is a free online personal styling service, offering tailored advice to men on how to dress. Thanks to their unique combination of personal stylists and algorithms, Thread is able to sort millions of items to create the best outfits for each one of their clients, [...]

Investment in Hive Online Ltd by Encore Capital

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HMT LLP undertook financial and tax due diligence for Encore Capital (“Encore”) on their investment in Hive Online Ltd (“Hive”). Established in 2005, Hive is a provider of unique code on-pack printing promotional services to FMCG companies. The company provides a patent-pending, end-to-end platform that uses unique codes to verify that a consumer has purchased the product enabling FMCG brands to measure the effectiveness of their promotional campaigns and customer loyalty. Hive has won 34 COGS Awards since its creation [...]

Investment in Vantage Finance Ltd

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HMT LLP undertook financial due diligence for lower mid-market private equity firm  Chiltern Capital LLP (“Chiltern”) on their investment in Thames Valley-based Vantage Finance Ltd (“Vantage”). Established in 2004 and based in Gerrards Cross, Vantage Finance is a leading master broker offering property lending solutions spanning commercial mortgages, bridging loans, development finance and secured loans on a national basis. Chiltern Capital has taken a significant minority stake and will work closely with the team to build out the management structure [...]

Investment in Little Black Dress



HMT helps online fashion retailer Little Black Dress source funding for growth following launch of exclusive Alesha Dixon range HMT arranged and advised on the development capital investment in Little Black Dress who have just launched their Spring/Summer collections including exclusive designs from Alesha Dixon. Based in Manchester, Little Black Dress is a leading fashion brand specialising in occasion wear. Their online store offers a wide range of party and occasion dresses from renowned brands such as Reiss, French Connection, [...]

Investment in GEV Group by Maven Capital Partners

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HMT undertook financial due diligence for Maven Capital Partners (“Maven”) on their investment in leading group in renewables sector GEV Group (“GEV”). Maven invested £5.4 million in GEV. GEV has four main divisions which operate across multiple markets and global locations: GEV Wind Power, Subsea Masters, Oxifree and GEV Offshore one of the leading specialist in Oil & Gas engineering. The £5.4million investment from Maven will provide the business with additional capital to support its impressive growth plans. Highly regarded [...]

Investment in BEST by Percipient Capital

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HMT LLP undertook due diligence for private equity firm Percipient Capital (“Percipient”) on their investment in energy saving products manufacturer British Energy Saving Technology (“BEST”). Based in Cornwall, BEST designs and manufactures energy saving products for motors, lighting, refrigeration and air conditioning. Their real-time energy management system Eniscope is used by many customers worldwide including restaurant chains, sports clubs, retailers and data centres. The investment by Percipient into the business will enable BEST to grow their presence on international markets [...]

Investment in Virtua by Connection Capital

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HMT LLP undertook due diligence on the investment in specialist telecom engineering firm Virtua UK Ltd (“Virtua”) by Connection Capital Ltd (“Connection Capital”). Based in Wiltshire, Virtua provides services from design and installation, to testing and optimisation, for expanding and upgrading mobile networks on behalf of the major UK mobile network operators. Their client base also include commercial estate owners of major developments such as Terminal 2, Wembley Stadium and the “Walkie Talkie” skyscraper in London. Virtua has secured £4.6 [...]

Investment in Channel Mum by ITV



HMT LLP advised Channel Mum Ltd (“Channel Mum”), the UK’s first parenting Youtube community on their recent fundraising. Giant broadcaster ITV acquired a minority stake in the Business. Siobhan Freegard, the Founder and Managing Director of Channel Mum is a highly successful entrepreneur who founded in 2000 the UK’s biggest parenting website Netmums. In 2011, HMT advised Siobhan and the other shareholders of Netmums on the disposal of the business to the No 1 publisher of women websites worldwide Aufeminin. [...]

Investment in D3O by Beringea LLP

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HMT LLP undertook due diligence for private equity firm Beringea LLP (“Beringea”) on their $13 million investment in developer of smart materials D3O. Based in Brighton, D3O is a ground-breaking impact protection solutions company that licenses a range of unique patented smart materials. Its technology is used to produce a shock absorbing material that can be found in a range of products across the motorcycle, sport, footwear, electronics, military and work-wear sectors. D3O® was proven during the 2006 Winter Olympics, [...]

Investment in The Light Cinemas Ltd by Connection Capital

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HMT LLP advised Connection Capital LLP (“Connection”) on their investment in London based leisure and entertainment company The Light Cinemas Ltd (“Light Cinemas”). With three cinemas across the UK and Germany, Light Cinemas aims to provide a unique entertainment experience in a friendly relaxed environment that offers excellent customer service and value for money. Featuring the latest blockbusters, independent and international films, plus the best live opera, ballet, theatre and pop concerts from around the globe, Light Cinemas also have [...]

Redeem Holdings Limited secures £15 million investment



HMT LLP advised Redeem Holdings Limited (“Redeem”), the leading international provider of mobile phone and electronics recycling and recommerce services, on its recent £15 million fundraise. Redeem is a global leader in the provision of recommerce, recycling and refurbishment of mobile and electronic devices, predominantly mobile phone handsets, for mobile network operators (MNOs), retailers and corporates. Redeem has grown revenues at around 50 per cent annually over the last four years, with sales expected to reach £90m in the current [...]

Investment in ISN Solutions Limited by Maven Capital Partners

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HMT advised Maven Capital Partners (“Maven”), one of the UK's leading private equity managers, on their £4.6 million investment in ISN Solutions Limited (“ISN”), a leading provider of global IT infrastructure services to the upstream oil and gas sector. Maven is recognised as one of the UK's most active SME investors, operating from six regional offices investing in dynamic later-stage private companies across a wide range of industry sectors. Maven currently manages over £300m across more than 20 [...]

Investment in Disposal Cubicle Curtains Limited by Beringea

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HMT LLP advised Beringea LLP (“Beringea”),  the growth capital investor that manages the Proven Venture Capital Trusts, on their £3 million investment in Disposable Cubicle Curtains Limited (“DCCL”), trading as All in One Medical. DCCL manufactures and distributes an evolving range of patented, best in class, disposable curtains and blinds which actively destroy deadly and harmful pathogens.  Distributed to medical institutions, DCCL’s products are manufactured and shipped from its manufacturing plant in Wolverhampton, UK. Part of Beringea’s investment [...]

MBO of GMG Property Services Group

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HMT undertook financial due diligence for leading mid-market private equity firm LDC and management, on the buy-out of GMG Property Services (Holdings) Limited (“GMG”), the UK’s leading provider of software services to estate agents. LDC supported the £17.8 million MBO. Luton-headquartered GMG was founded in 2007 and is the UK’s largest supplier of software, technology and design solutions to the property industry. The business, which employs over 170 people across its network of UK operations in York, Redruth, [...]

MBO of Virgin Wines

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HMT LLP undertook financial due diligence for leading private equity firm Mobeus Equity Partners (“Mobeus”), Connection Capital and management, on the buy-out of Virgin Wine Online Limited (“Virgin Wines”), the major UK wine retailer. Norwich based Virgin Wines was founded in 2000, and sells boutique high-quality wines produced by small independent winemakers.  The business, which employs approximately 160 staff, had revenues of £35m in the year to June 2013, and is targeting £50m of sales in the next [...]