ZebraLC wins International M&A Award

For the past four years, AI global M&A Awards have charted the successes, stellar results and second-to-none client service of some of the worldwide M&A industry’s leading players. These prestigious M&A Awards celebrate the outstanding efforts and amazing achievements of all those involved in identifying, coordinating and seeing through to completion those important deals that could make a huge difference to a business, a local economy or even an entire country.

Today, firms and individuals are under increasing scrutiny as potential clients search for the companies and specialists best suited to help them achieve their goals. These awards recognise the dedicated and experienced investors, advisers, financiers and service providers who have been selected for their expertise in their specialised field and, most crucially, nominated by their clients and peers.

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In 2014, Zebra advised on technical & WIP due diligence in Fairpoint Group PLCs £15million acquisition of national law firm Simpson Millar. This was an unprecedented deal for the AIM listed company and was a deal highlight of the year. In 2015, Zebra advised Fairpoint again in its acquisition of national law firm Colemans CTTS. Last year, Zebra advised on technical and carried out the WIP due diligence for private equity firm, North Edge Capital, in the £15million investment into the UKs leading Industrial Disease firm, Roberts Jackson. Other advisors within these deals included KPMG, Deloittes and BDO.

“Carrying out technical and WIP due diligence in new entrant deals such as these was unchartered territory for our company. Moreover, ZebraLC’s unique approach to technical WIP due diligence in M&A within the legal sector did not exist prior to its inception in 2012. These particular deals also required a bespoke approach as both included areas of personal injury, which at the time was in the early stages of regulatory and political change with the advent of LASPO (Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012.)” Zoe Holland, Founder & Managing Director, ZebraLC.

“Understanding and diligencing complex legal matters across a variety of contingent and non-contingent work-types required a particular blend of legal and financial expertise and this is exactly what ZebraLC brought to the evaluation process,” said Tim Ritchie, Head of M&A, Fairpoint Group PLC.

From our experience, greater visibility and a deeper understanding of legal business financial profile (including WIP profile), value and operational risk are fundamental to M&A. ZebraLC has managed not only to keep in step with this change, but to anticipate it. Our methodology is unique to us and our clients value our role as part of the due diligence process.

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