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Testimonials
We found the input and advice from Brian and 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.
Colin Croll, Chairman of Millbrook Healthcare
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 ResponseSource 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.
Daryl Willcox
Iain Lownes was involved from day one and he and the team at Smith & Williamson 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.
Zoe Taylor
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.
Peter Shipp, Owner and Chairman of EYMS
It was a complex transaction that wouldn’t have been possible without the invaluable advice of Brian and 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.
Jeff Colegrave, Chairman of Floranova
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. Brian and the team 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.
Angus Hastie, Chief Executive of AVS
We are a family owned business and this process was completely new to us. Jim and 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.
Dr Erich Schulte, founder of QMS
We are excited to have found a partner in SEP which shares our vision to support MDSL’s continuing growth. Brian and 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.
Ben Mendoza, founder of MDSL
As an entrepreneur I look for advisers that can speak my language and provide hands-on, clear and succinct advice. Jim and the team at Smith & Williamson provided commercial, timely advice and guidance throughout the transaction.
Alistair Copley, founder and CEO of Washstation
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.
Paul Humphreys, Group CFO of JLA
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.
Will Curtis, Managing Director at London Biggin Hill Airport
It was a great comfort to have Jim and the team’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.
Daniel Coupland, CEO of Faraday
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 Brian Livingston and his team 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.
Suzanne Hurndall, CEO of Clarenco
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 Amanda Phillips and 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.
Grahame Pettit and Kevin Lendon, Founders of Amiri Construction
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.
Baroness Nye, Director, Actev Limited
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 Brian Livingston and his team at Smith & Williamson for making the introduction and managing the transaction through to completion.
Will Ashworth, founder of Another Place and Managing Director of Watergate Bay Hotel
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.
Jeremy Horwood, Director of Horwood Homewares
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.
Ian Mosely, Chief Executive of Oakleaf
The result would not have been achieved without Brian Livingston and his 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.
Jeremy and Jackie Hunt, Directors of Oakleaf
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.
Nick Brewer, T Brewer shareholder and member of management team
Brian Livingston and 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.
Martin Lynes, Chief Executive of T G Lynes
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.
Adrian Marshall, Chairman and co-founder of Excelian
There were a number of difficult elements to this transaction which Brian Livingston and 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.
Stephen Grant, Excelian co-founder
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.
Tim Critchley, CEO of Semafone
In family companies, the dynamics are often different and an adviser needs to take this on board. Brian Livingston and his 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.
Julian Leach - Chairman of Motivair Compressors Limited
Iain Lownes of 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.
Steve Perry, owner of CGI
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 Iain’s creative thinking and focus on finding solutions to issues, this deal simply would not have happened.
Chris Price, investment director at Mobeus
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.
Michael George, founder of MxP Partners
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.
Nakis Papadopoulos, founder and CEO of IMGROUP
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.
Piers Banfield, Banner management team
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.
Neil Kinsella, CEO of Slater & Gordon
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.
Tim and Virginia Windibank, founders of Rockheart
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.
Kingsley Duffy, CEO of HostelBookers
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.
David Campbell, CEO of Banks Sadler
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.
Cal Barton, founder of Procam
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