2021 - a year of market leading corporate transactions

Our corporate team has advised on a series of market leading transactions for ambitious businesses, entrepreneurs and investors throughout 2021. 

Edward Hoare, Goodman Derrick's Senior Partner, commented:

“It has been a very strong year for the corporate team at Goodman Derrick, with a large number of quality transactions completed and in the pipeline. This is testament, not only to the resilience of UK corporates, but also to the strength in depth of our team. I’d like to extend my thanks to everyone in our wider network and to all our lawyers who have adapted to disruption, developed new ways of working and maintained their total focus on client service.”

Please see a summary of our 2021 corporate transactions below.

Further information about our corporate team is available here.

Pavilion Books acquired by Harper Collins

Advising long-standing client Pavilion Books on their acquisition by Harper Collins, in a deal which sees Harper Collins taking the Pavilion imprints Collins & Brown, Pavilion, Portico, Robson, National Trust and Pavilion Children’s. Further information.

On Hydrogen Future Industries PLC's AQSE IPO

Our Capital Markets team advised Cairn as AQSE Corporate Adviser and Peterhouse Capital as broker in relation to the admission of Hydrogen Future Industries plc (AQSE:HFI) to the Access Segment of the AQSE Growth Market. Further information.

On the admission of Quantum Exponential Group plc to the AQSE Growth Market Access Segment

Our Capital Markets team advised Novum Securities and Oberon Investment Group, as corporate adviser and broker respectively, in relation to the admission of Quantum Exponential Group plc to the AQSE Growth Market Access Segment. Further information.

Sale of Health and Case Management Limited to Apposite Capital

Advising the majority shareholders on the sale of Health and Case Management Limited (HCML) - a leading service provider in physical and psychological rehabilitation and case management - to Apposite Capital for an undisclosed amount. Further information.

Nasdaq listed Digimarc Corporation on its purchase of EVRYTHNG Ltd

Acting alongside Perkins Coie LLP for Nasdaq listed Digimarc Corporation on its acquisition of UK software company, EVRYTHNG Limited, for a consideration of up to $100 million in Digimarc stock. Orrick LLP acted for EVRYTHNG. Further information.

Argus Media on its acquisition of Oleochem Analytics

Advising Argus Media on its acquisition of Oleochem Analytics. Argus Media is an independent media organisation with approximately 1,100 staff, headquartered in London it has 26 offices in the world’s principal commodity trading and production centres. Further information.

Usay on its sale to Ardonagh Advisory

Our M&A team have completed on the sale of Usay Group Limited to Ardonagh Advisory Holdings Ltd, a subsidiary of The Ardonagh Group, on behalf of longstanding client Usay, a leading comparison service for health insurance, life insurance and income protection. Further information.

SimplyMeds on IW Capital's equity investment

Advising e-pharmacy company SimplyMeds on their first external investment as the company seeks to rapidly scale their online platform. Further information.

Helium Ventures plc (SPAC) on their admission to trading on AQSE

Our Capital Markets team advised Cairn Financial Advisers LLP (AQSE Corporate Adviser) and Pello Capital Limited (Broker) on the admission of Helium Ventures plc - a SPAC (Special Purpose Acquisition Vehicle) - to trading on the Access segment of the Aquis Stock Exchange Growth Market. Further information.

Amberley Publishing on the acquisition of Quiller Publishing

Advising Amberley Publishing on the acquisition of Quiller Publishing. The deal is another step forward for both companies as Amberley implements its growth plans following the company’s distribution move to HarperCollins Glasgow in July 2020. Further information.

Oosha Limited, a UK legal tech company sector, on its sale to Access Group

Advising Oosha on the sale of its entire issued share capital to the Access Group, a provider of software solutions to the mid-market. Founded in 2009, Wolverhampton based Oosha serves over 120 customers and will become part of Access’s fast growing Legal division. Further information.

Bould Opportunities plc on its reverse takeover of Cizzle Biotechnology Limited

Advising on the £21 million acquisition of Cizzle Biotechnology Limited and admission of the enlarged group to Main Market of the London Stock Exchange. Further information.

InfoSaaS Limited on the sale of its entire issued share capital to Amtivo

Acting for the shareholders of InfoSaaS Limited on their sale to Amtivo Group, a portfolio company of August Private Equity. Further information.

Talipot ESG Investments on their investment into Cambridge Quantum Computing

Established in 2014, Cambridge Quantum Computing (CQC) is a world leading independent quantum computing software company, with operations in US, Europe & Japan. CQC raised a total of US$45 million in this fundraising round. Further information.

Spark Advisory Partners and Brandon Hill Capital in relation to the £15.84 million reverse takeover acquisition of Capital Metals Limited by Equitorial Palm Oil plc

Our Capital Markets team advised Spark Advisory Partners and Brandon Hill Capital in relation to the £15.84 million reverse takeover acquisition of a 99% interest in BVI company, Capital Metals Limited, and the readmission of Capital Metals plc’s enlarged share capital to trading on AIM. Further information.

Pooch & Mutt on the sale of a minority stake to Czech pet food producer VAFO

The multi-million pound deal, which sees Petr Kříž of VAFO Group join the board, provides Pooch & Mutt with the capability to implement their European growth plans. Further information.

Further information

Further information about our corporate team is available here.

Edward Hoare, Senior Partner, +44 (0)20 7421 7974,

James Caulfield, Head of Business Development, +44 (0)20 7421 7968,

Goodman Derrick LLP

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