North West firms lining up investment-led growth

Businesses across the North West are increasingly looking to create value through investment, according to a partner at Brabners, whether through acquisition or in scaling up existing operations.

Mark Rathbone, the firm's head of corporate in Liverpool, was speaking after Brabners was ranked as the region's most active legal adviser during Q1 of 2018 having worked on 14 deals. It completed a total of 23 across the UK.

Notable transactions the company advised on include the sale of Premium Medical Protection and Harley Street Insurance Group to MedPro Group; advising Gas Tag as it secured private equity investment from Waterland Private Equity; and the acquisition of Partner Group UK by the Fast Flow Group.

Mark Rathbone, partner and head of corporate in Liverpool, said: "The trends we're seeing in the North West are largely in line with UK-wide M&A activity. More businesses are looking to create value through investment, whether in acquisition or in scaling up existing operations. We're working closely with management teams, business owners and investors as they implement increasingly creative, ambitious and entrepreneurial strategies to create growth and value."

"While we've supported clients across the UK, the North West is the epicentre of our activity. The transactional market in the North West is increasingly strong, with a highly competitive funding market to fuel it, and today challenges the South East for its level of deal activity.

"I believe we have significantly more private equity houses on the ground than any other area in the North and a growing number of business angels who are better networked, better resourced and have greater transactional capacity. This means there is substantial investment-ready cash to help businesses right across the region – from the hubs of Manchester and Liverpool to smaller towns across Cheshire and Lancashire.

"With deal activity strong in the short term, and a strong pipeline of work in place, we're looking forward to helping our clients as they continue to implement their long-term growth strategies."

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