Navigating an accelerated business acquisition

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Navigating an accelerated business acquisition for a well-known food manufacturer, British Bakels

Sector: Food Distribution and Manufacturing


SE-Solicitors acted for their long-standing client British Bakels, a manufacturer and distributer of bakery ingredients, in their acquisition of the business and assets of JF Renshaw Ltd from its administrators. JF Renshaw is a well-known manufacturer of food ingredients with a long, rich heritage.

Due to both the nature of the transaction, and the time of year, as the acquisition took place in the run-up to the Christmas period, it was necessary that the matter was dealt with within a very short period.


The Value to the Client:

The SE-Solicitors legal team, led by Corporate & Commercial Director Hitendra Patel, a specialist in Mergers and Acquisitions and known for advising on complex and transformational transactions, brought several departments together to handle the different elements of the case.

As a multi-service law firm, our client benefitted from not only the expertise of our specialist M&A team, but also received the assistance of Director Andrew Querelle on Commercial Property aspects, Director Carol Shaw for Employment elements and Senior Associate Catherine O’Riordan who supported on Corporate and Banking details.

The team was able to secure the future of JF Renshaw and save many jobs in the run-up to the Christmas period, all within the greatly accelerated time frame of one week.

Paul Morrow, Chairman of British Bakels, comments:

‘Buying a company from administration was a new experience for the British Bakels team. A very short window of opportunity opened for us. But by working to a brief of “minimise risk but do the deal” SE-Solicitors supported us through to a successful conclusion.’

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