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Smith & Williamson was rebranded Evelyn Partners in June 2022.
“This structure enables the business to continue as usual, focusing on growth and our employees. We decided to work with the Smith & Williamson team because of their proven experience with EOT transactions and advising owner-managed businesses. The support the team provided throughout this transaction was crucial in ensuring a successful outcome was achieved”.
Appointing the Smith & Williamson and Oaklins team was crucial in running an international process. The hands-on approach and deal experience was key to overcoming challenges during the process and the team always went the extra mile to help us achieve our objectives. The shareholders are very pleased with the outcome and wish the parties well for the future.
The Smith & Williamson team were instrumental in the process from the start. They navigated us through each stage and consistently provided hands on support and advice to help us reach our objectives. Their M&A experience was clear, and they did an excellent job in providing considered and professional solutions to overcome challenges during the process. The shareholders and management team are very pleased with the result and the exceptional support provided by Smith & Williamson.
As a shareholder group, we found the advice and support that the Oaklins team provided crucial in achieving a successful transaction. Their strong track record in both the A&D and Industrials sectors and ability to anticipate and overcome a wide range of challenges during the sale process were important factors in delivering a positive outcome for the shareholders.
Oaklins’ global reach and industry expertise, together with their technical and problem-solving skills were key to the success of this transaction. They were able to draw upon their international teams to introduce a wide pool of both strategic and financial buyers. Overall, we felt that the Enact future plans for the Edbro business were best aligned with our own objectives for the business and those of the Edbro management team.
We are pleased to have secured the future of the business under employee ownership. This structure enables us to continue with business as usual, continuing to grow and focusing on our employees. We found the advice and hands on support provided by the Smith & Williamson team to be invaluable and a significant factor in achieving a successful transaction. Their understanding of the wider construction industry and owner managed businesses proved vital in supporting us and made the whole process run smoothly.
We are delighted to welcome Nature at Work into the Urban Planters family. The acquisition provides a significant opportunity for Urban Planters to strengthen its position in the South East with the acquisition of a business that shares a similar approach to client service and culture.
In Smith & Williamson we found a partner who shares the principles which are crucial to our own client relationships. The team delivered impartial, clear advice throughout the project and we developed a fantastic working relationship. Their guidance proved to be the defining factor in delivering this successful outcome and I would not hesitate to recommend them.
Having known the Smith & Williamson team for many years, we chose to work with them because they have a strong track record in healthcare and understood our business. We were delighted with our choice as Smith & Williamson rolled up their sleeves, anticipating and meeting challenges along the way. This “can do” attitude was key in finding the right party and achieving a deal that met our needs.
I found the advice and hands on support provided by the Smith & Williamson team to be invaluable and a significant factor in achieving a successful transaction. Their understanding of the medical and healthcare sector as well as a focus on owner managed businesses proved vital in not just solving problems but anticipating and addressing them before they arose. I cannot recommend their team highly enough.
We found the input and advice from the team at Smith & Williamson invaluable. They were always available and solved problems to ensure a smooth process and helped us complete a transaction with a party, who we believe to be, the right strategic partner for the business and the management team.
We expect excellent synergies from the Graytone project in Europe and Middle East. We believe we can achieve significant cross fertilization as an “Adhesives & Chemicals” custom made solutions expert, with our worldwide customers, our world-class manufacturers’ partners and our geographical position in Europe and North America. The team at Smith & Williamson advised on this cross-border transaction, with the assistance of Oaklins France. They understood our vision and strategic criteria. It was their expertise of working on international processes that was central to the successful completion of this acquisition. Julien Duvanel, ADDEV Materials CEO and Aerospace & Defense Business Unit CEO
Selling a business is exciting but can also be a challenging time so having the right advisers is critical. Having worked with other corporate finance advisers in the past I was very careful when putting together the team to assist the Response Source transaction and I have to say Smith & Williamson has been fantastic the whole way through the process. Its corporate finance team gives the bespoke support you’d expect from a boutique firm with the technical back-up of a large professional services organisation.
The team at Smith & Williamson was involved from day one and were instrumental in getting this deal completed. The MBO will give us the opportunity to grow the business further and to continue to develop the exciting new products which are coming on stream. In a world where attention spans and engagement levels are low without visuals, our products allow users - whether they have a product to sell, a lesson to teach or a vision to communicate - to harness the importance of video to engage, inspire and motivate audiences.
After 56 years in the bus industry and 38 years with EYMS, selling the business that has been such a big part of my life was a major decision. The combination of experience and sector knowledge that the Smith & Williamson team bought to the project was invaluable. They led the project from start to finish in a highly professional manner and were an absolute pleasure to work with.
It was a complex transaction that wouldn’t have been possible without the invaluable advice of the team at Smith & Williamson. I have been a client of Smith & Williamson for a number of years and they have always provided a joined-up approach across corporate finance, investment management and the wider business services teams. Along with their invaluable international reach and subsector expertise through Oaklins, they have been able to demonstrate a holistic approach most professional services firms strive to deliver. I don’t think we could possibly have been in better hands and I am looking forward to remaining part of the Smith & Williamson family.
Oaklins Smith & Williamson understand our businesses model and provided hands-on support and expertise to guide us through a process that both protects the existing business and provides funding for growth. The team at Smith & Williamson were a pleasure to work with and their relationships across the private equity and venture capital community were crucial in finding a partner with the right fit for AVS.
We are a family owned business and this process was completely new to us. The team at Smith & Williamson gave considered and thoughtful advice and were always on hand to guide us through the process. Their commitment and experience ensured the transaction ran smoothly through to completion.
We are excited to have found a partner in SEP which shares our vision to support MDSL’s continuing growth. The team at Smith & Williamson handled the intricacies of the process impressively providing hands-on support and advice throughout. Their experience of working with owner-managers on international processes and with technology businesses was invaluable in guiding the process through to completion. The whole team were a pleasure to work with.
As an entrepreneur I look for advisers that can speak my language and provide hands-on, clear and succinct advice. The team at Smith & Williamson provided commercial, timely advice and guidance throughout the transaction.
We found that the appointment of Smith & Williamson to support the vendor of Washstation really helped create an effective transaction process that saw both parties achieve their goals.
With the support of our corporate finance advisers at Smith & Williamson, we went through a rigorous selection process to make sure we had the right partner in place to help fund the next stage in our development.
It was a great comfort to have the team at Smith & Williamson's advice and guidance throughout the transaction. The level of experience and expertise we had supporting us made the whole process far easier than we anticipated.
Hand Picked Hotels will make an excellent owner of Stanbrook Abbey. They were quick to recognise the value we have created in restoring this historic abbey and in building the hotel business and we wish Julia, Guy and the team at Hand Picked Hotels every success for the future. We would also like to thank the team at Smith & Williamson who were instrumental in building trust and cooperation between all stakeholders. We are grateful for their skill and expertise in guiding the process through to completion.
We are delighted to welcome five new shareholders to the company to help ensure continued prosperity in the years to come. We were pleased to work with the team at Smith & Williamson, who were sensitive to the commercial needs of our business and the various stakeholder interests. Their experience and expertise added value at every stage and guided us through the process to completion.
We chose to work with Smith & Williamson because of their reputation among owners of independent businesses. Their existing relationship with the Watergate Bay team was invaluable and helped build trust between all parties right from the start.
Actev is the perfect partner for us. We were impressed by how quickly they understood our vision and the speed with which they acted. From their initial approach to investment was four months and we are thankful to the team at Smith & Williamson for making the introduction and managing the transaction through to completion.
My great grandfather founded Horwood in 1896 and it has been a huge part of my life. When we embarked on this process it was pivotal to us that we found the right strategic partner and I am delighted that in TTK Prestige we have joined forces with a dynamic group sharing our high values. Smith & Williamson attracted interest from buyers around the world and expertly guided us throughout the process. They handled the many complexities in a highly professional and calm manner and the whole team were a pleasure to work with.
I would like to thank Smith & Williamson for helping us navigate the sale process. They understood that we had never undertaken a project of this nature before and explained and consulted with us on each step of the way. They also understood the importance of our core philosophy; providing the best level of care to patients.
The result would not have been achieved without the team at Smith & Williamson, who provided pro-active and unstinting support throughout this transaction including on a number of difficult elements. Their in depth health care sector knowledge and experience added real value to achieving a successful sale.
Selling the business after such a long period of ownership was a major decision for all the shareholders and it was crucial that our advisers understood what we were collectively seeking to achieve from the sale. The Smith & Williamson team were recommended to us and we were delighted by the skill and dedication they showed in delivering a transaction that achieved all of our objectives.
The Smith & Williamson team provided hands-on and tireless support to help us achieve a successful sale. Their experience and expertise guided us through the entire process and we were very impressed by the professionalism and creativity of the team. I can thoroughly recommend S&W for anyone contemplating a sale of their business.
This is a great opportunity for the business to grow its capability and market penetration while continuing to provide a leading service to our customers. Smith & Williamson put up a strong team and played a crucial role in structuring a deal that recognises and rewards both the past and future for Excelian.
There were a number of difficult elements to this transaction which Smith & Williamson guided us through and were always available to offer support. Their technology sector experience was pivotal in securing a superb result for the business and its shareholders.
Smith & Williamson was selected as our Corporate Finance adviser not just because of their technology sector experience but also for their enthusiasm and understanding of the Semafone proposition. They played a crucial role in structuring the deal and their practical approach throughout ensured that we achieved a successful transaction, bringing in a new investor whose involvement will enable the Company to fulfil our ambitious growth plans.
In family companies, the dynamics are often different and an adviser needs to take this on board. The team at Smith & Williamson fully understood this and were a creative, driving force throughout. They consistently came up with structural solutions which met the needs of all parties and enabled us to get a complex management buyout over the line.
Smith and Williamson has followed our business for some time and was able to use his understanding to deliver a deal that puts the company in a position to grow in partnership with a new investor.
This was a complex deal involving a business split between the UK and South Africa. Smith & Williamson played a key role and worked tirelessly on behalf of their client to ensure a successful outcome. In the current market no deal is easy but without the team's creative thinking and focus on finding solutions to issues, this deal simply would not have happened.
Given our prior relationship with management and knowledge of the business MxP was uniquely placed to acquire the business in a short period of time. The pro-active support provided by Smith & Williamson Corporate Finance during this process played an important role in securing a positive outcome.
The experience and expertise of the Smith & Williamson Corporate Finance team was invaluable. They delivered on what they promised at the outset, a director led team that supported us at every stage. They were a pleasure to work with and their calm and considered approach was key in securing a positive outcome to the transaction.
Smith and Williamson provided an exceptional and personal service throughout what was a highly complex engagement. They gave us creative and practical advice, demonstrating their clear understanding of the valuation metrics in the housebuilding industry. Without their assistance we would not have achieved the ultimate result.
Smith & Williamson played an important role in assisting to design and negotiate a deal structure to suit all parties. Having advised both on the RJW disposal and previous Slater & Gordon acquisitions, Smith & Williamson fully appreciate our commercial drivers, together with all the technical complexities of structuring transactions from the perspectives of vendor partners and Slater & Gordon as a quoted company acquirer.
The Smith & Williamson team came highly recommended to us but their commitment to delivery still managed to exceed our expectations. They provided clear and insightful advice at every stage of the process and were instrumental in delivering an outcome that achieved all of our objectives.
Smith & Williamson played a pivotal role in keeping the transaction on track and resolving important deal issues as they came up. Their co-ordinated and sensible approach to this international transaction was a great help.
Smith & Williamson played a key role in structuring a deal that achieved all parties’ objectives. This was Banks Sadler’s first significant acquisition and Smith & Williamson’s experience and hands-on approach in guiding family-owned and entrepreneurial businesses ensured the transaction progressed smoothly to budget and timetable.
Smith & Williamson played an instrumental role in structuring a deal that achieved all parties’ objectives. Their experience, hands-on and innovative approach ensured that the obstacles and hurdles encountered along the way did not derail the process, and delivered a successful transaction with a partner who will support the continued future growth of the Company. They were a calming influence who gave sensible advice, without which the deal would not have happened.