Corporate Finance

Assist Group

Cowgills advise North West based Assist Group on its sale to Idverde headquartered in Paris.

About Assist

Assist Group are an established provider of grounds maintenance, arboriculture and highway services, employing over 200 colleagues across the public sector, including Local Authorities, Central Government, Defence and Social Housing. With a market leading technology platform and innovative working practices, Assist has delivered an impressive track record of achieving significant growth year on year, principally in the North West and Midlands area of England

 

About the deal

Cowgills have worked with Assist for over 10 years, supporting the growth and infrastructure development of the business. We understood the importance of identifying a buyer who recognises the value of Assist and can support the next stage of growth. Our client was apprehensive on formally marketing to a wide range of buyers due to potential information leaks. We mitigated the risk by targeting a small number of credible buyers identified by Cowgills.

Cowgills approached idverde on a technical transaction with international board approval requirements and negotiated a value above shareholder expectations. Cowgills provided lead advisory and tax services to support the deal.

 

Sector

Facilities Management

 

Testimonial 

Dave Dargan, Founder and CEO of Assist Group comments; “This is exiting news for everyone at Assist, the business has been on a fantastic journey which has seen us achieve impressive growth in our markets with new and existing clients. I am immensely proud of what we have achieved and am excited about what the future holds for our colleagues and customers.”

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Meet the team

Jane Rash

Jane Rash

Director

Jane Rash

Director

Ian Johnson

Ian Johnson

Partner

Ian Johnson

Partner

Sam Davies

Sam Davies

Partner

Sam Davies

Partner

David Furlong

David Furlong

Partner – Debt Advisory

David Furlong

Partner – Debt Advisory

Lorraine Dewhurst

Lorraine Dewhurst

Business Development Manager

Lorraine Dewhurst

Business Development Manager

Julie Brown

Julie Brown

Head of Research

Julie Brown

Head of Research

Ben Barlow

Ben Barlow

Associate Director

Ben Barlow

Associate Director

James Kennedy

James Kennedy

Director

James Kennedy

Director

Andrew Nelson

Andrew Nelson

Corporate Finance Partner

Andrew Nelson

Corporate Finance Partner