Transport and Distribution

Disposal of Usa2Europe to Orangefield Group


HMT LLP advised global expansion experts Usa2Europe on the disposal of the business to Orangefield Group. USA2Europe is company of experts specializing in expansion support for growing US technology firms. Since their launch in 2004, USA2Europe was instrumental in helping numerous North American companies to successfully establish and run subsidiaries, offices and operations across Europe, Asia, and South America. Orangefield Group has confidently guided their numerous clients through international expansion for over 40 years. Orangefield has acquired USA2Europe earlier this [...]

Management Buyout Of International Logistics Group


HMT LLP advised the management team of International Logistics Group Limited (“ILG”) on their management buyout. The transaction was supported by equity funding from Percipient Capital with Santander providing mezzanine funding through its ‘Breakthrough’ fund alongside term debt and working capital facilities. Since its establishment in 1990, ILG has grown to become a market leader in fulfilment and courier services with a growing specialism in the fashion and beauty space. Its customer base includes leading brands such as Charlotte Tilbury, [...]

Management Buyout of Whistl


HMT LLP advised Dutch group PostNL B.V. on the transfer of UK subsidiary, Whistl UK Ltd and its subsidiaries (“Whistl”), to its management team. Headquartered in Marlow, Whistl (formerly TNT Post) is the second largest postal operator in the UK after Royal Mail, turning over more than £600m per annum.  Its core Down Stream Access business has over 56% market share in the UK, handling around 3.75 bn items of mail, alongside an established Door Drop Media division. In addition [...]

Acquisition of Millbrook Proving Ground


HMT LLP advised specialist turnaround and restructuring investor Rutland Partners LLP (“Rutland”) on the acquisition of Millbrook Proving Ground Limited (“Millbrook”), one of Europe’s leading test and engineering solution providers, from US automotive giant General Motors. Bedford-based Millbrook was founded in 1969 and specialises in engineering services for the automotive, energy and defence markets. Through leading independent technology centres located at the heart of the UK automotive and fuel industries in Bedfordshire, solutions including the design, engineering, testing [...]

Plus Semi completes acquisition of X-FAB UK


HMT advised Swindon-based Plus Semi on the acquisition of Plymouth based X-FAB UK from its German parent company. Following completion of the acquisition, the two semiconductor manufacturing sites have been integrated into Plymouth and the business will operate as Plessey Semiconductors Limited. Plessey Semiconductors is a well established semiconductor manufacturing business that develops, manufactures and markets niche analog and mixed-signal semiconductor wafers and products on 6” and 8” silicon and silicon-on-insulator substrates for use in integrated circuits. Its [...]

‘Deal of the Year’ – Management buyout of Bodycove plc


HMT advised the Management of Tristar Cars Limited ("Tristar") on the management buyout of Bodycove plc. Bodycove is a non-trading holding company of Tristar Cars Limited, the UK’s market leading executive chauffeuring business. Bodycove is also the Holding Company of Tristar Services (US) Inc, a fast growing US chauffeuring business. In the last 20 years, Tristar has developed into the UK’s longest established and market leading executive chauffeuring business. Tristar has developed a market leading position securing an [...]

Management buy-in of CGH Group


HMT advised on the European management buy-in of CGH Group. CGH is a well-established manufacturer and distributor of large above and underground fuel storage tanks, together with related equipment. CGH is the largest manufacturer of its type in Europe and has a dominant market position in Poland and Scandinavia. CGH is based in Bydgoszcz, Poland, Belgium and Denmark. The fuel tanks are manufactured from the main operation in Poland and sales are predominantly generated in Poland with distribution [...]

Disposal of Tiger Haulage Limited


HMT advised the shareholders of Tiger Haulage Limited ("Tiger Haulage") on the sale to City Link Limited, a subsidiary of Rentokil Initial Plc. Mr Gerry Zukas, the founder and principal shareholder, has built up Tiger Haulage over 24 years to become City Link’s largest franchisee group with depots in Barking, Birmingham, Hemel Hempstead, High Wycombe, Hoddesdon, Reading, Welwyn Garden City, West Bromwich and Worcester, it operates a networked express parcel delivery services across the UK and Northern Ireland [...]

Investment in Seafood Holdings Limited


HMT acted as reporting accountants for Risk Capital Partners on its investment in Seafood Holdings Limited. Seafood was originally established by Mr Toby Baxendale in June 2001 as a seafood distributor. The decision to enter into the seafood industry was to compliment Mr Baxendale’s long established meats business, Billfields, with the consumption of fish increasing as consumers move away from meat. Andrew Thomson commented: “Seafoods has been pursuing a buy and build strategy since 2001, gaining countrywide coverage [...]

Disposal of Swindon Autos


HMT negotiated the disposal of Swindon Auto’s together with the project management of the process. Swindon has been trading for approximately 20 years, selling new and used cars, car parts and servicing.  The dealerships are Saab, Seat, Jaguar, Mazda and Citroen. Andrew Thomson commented: “Having acted for Swindon Auto’s for over 10 years, I was pleased to advise Cambria on the sale which has effectively allowed John Sudbury to retire from Swindon and on what looks like being [...]

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