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ACQUISITIONS DEAL DIRECTORY
ABERDEEN FIRM GOES SOUTH OF THE BORDER Aberdeen Valve Supplies (AVS) and Gordon Whyte in 2006.
has acquired LG Ball Valves, a The AAB team was steered by
Aberdeen Valve Supplies
Walsall-based manufacturer and
partner John Black and included
acquisition of LG Ball Valves
supplier of custom-made valves
Eliza Bellamy, corporate finance
predominantly for the oil and
senior manager, and tax partner
gas industry.
This announcement appears as a matter of record only
Graeme Allan.
Clydesdale Bank backed the
Bellamy said, “The
Adviser to the acquirer: multimillion-pound deal, which
acquisition will enable AVS
strengthens AVS’s position in
to continue to build on the
the market through the
acquisition of one of its
premium service they provide
key suppliers.
and create a one-stop shop
Anderson Anderson and Brown
for the design, manufacture,
Financial adviser to the acquirer:
LLP provided financial advice to
sale and testing of valve
the management, continuing a
packages. We look forward
relationship that began with the to working with Sylvia and
MBO of AVS led by Sylvia Aitken Gordon in the future.” ■
AVISEN IN REVERSE TAKEOVER
Z Group, an AIM-listed investment disposal of its trading subsidiaries
Z Group Plc acquisition of
company, has completed the in January 2008, the company
Avisen Group Ltd
reverse takeover of Avisen, a UK became an investment company
strategy and consulting business targeting the technology, media
with operations in the Netherlands and science sectors.
This announcement appears as a matter of record only
and South Africa. BP Collins provided legal advice
Legal adviser to vendor: On completion of the deal, Z to the consultancy firm. The team
Group issued Avisen with 86.6 was led by Simon Deans, partner,
million shares valued at £4.55 who was assisted by Diane Gil,
million. The new company will senior associate, and Alexandra
trade as Avisen Plc. Holden, associate.
Nominated advisor:
Z Group is an AIM-listed cash Deans said, “Our main aim
shell that floated in June 2005. At is to help clients grow their
that time, the company operated business, and we are delighted
in the software and computer to have helped Avisen through
services sector. Following the this deal.” ■
ACRAMAN TO BOOST REVENUES THROUGH DEAL
Acraman Group, an end-to-end ICT with its mission of hitting a £100
Acraman Group services provider, has acquired million turnover via acquisitions.
acquisition of Ipitomi
Ipitomi, a specialist in hosted Haslers Corporate Finance advised
telecommunications and IP the vendor on the sale. Michael
This announcement appears as a matter of record only
services, in an undisclosed deal Gould, senior partner, and Michael
backed by Investec Growth and Watts, partner, led the transaction.
Lead corporate finance adviser to the vendor:
Acquisition Finance. Watts said, “The group has
Ipitomi, an award-winning made acquisitions to address the
Sunday Times Tech Track 100 opportunity of convergence in IT
company, will join Acraman’s and telecommunications-managed
reseller brands, Evolution Voice services. The transaction provided
Legal adviser to the acquirer:
and Data, Telinet and Pasporte. an ideal opportunity for the
The move boosts staff numbers founding shareholder and exciting
to over 200, will transform the prospects for the management
group into one of the UK’s largest going forward under the group
ICT services providers and is in line umbrella.” ■
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