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Corporate finance

Award Winning in Corporate Finance

Our award winning corporate finance division has a refreshingly different attitude to what constitutes exceptional advice. You don’t need to take our word for it either: we are very aware of the importance to you of appointing the right adviser for what may be a once in a lifetime transaction and so we ask our potential clients to contact our most recent clients to find out ‘from the horse’s mouth’ exactly what they thought of our advice and the difference it made to them and their transaction.

What advice do we provide to our clients?
  • We advise on company acquisitions and disposals (M&A), Management Buy Outs (MBOs) and Management Buy Ins (MBIs);
  • We carry out company wide strategic reviews with the sole objective being to improve shareholder value;
  • We can help clients raise growth and development capital;
  • We carry out business valuations for a variety of purposes (i.e. company sale, probate, shareholder disputes etc);
  • We help scope out and refine a company’s growth strategy, whilst preparing business plans and fully integrated financial forecasts; and
  • We can carry out Financial Due Diligence on behalf of acquirers, funders (banks and PE / VC funds) or management teams.
Why are we different?

We aim to stand out from our peers by:

  • Taking a strategic approach to planning and preparing a client’s business for a transaction;
  • Adopting a ‘solutions focused’ and collaborative approach;
  • Our insistence on building the most suitable team of advisers for each transaction; and
  • Having a highly skilled, multi-qualified, experienced team of advisers
Strategic approach

Most corporate finance advisers will look to be engaged by a client immediately before the client embarks on a transaction. They will simply ‘transact’ the sale or purchase for the client and then move on to the next transaction.

This approach will deliver a quick fee for the adviser: but not necessarily the maximum value for the client.

Even worse, trying to sell an unprepared business may result in a failed transaction: this is not only expensive for the client in terms of deal fees, but it is also likely to have a detrimental impact on staff morale and customer retention.

Our objective is to deliver the maximum value for our clients and our experience tells us that careful preparation and planning lays the foundation for a successful and value enhancing transaction. Before we provide transactional advice, we aim to carry out a strategic review of our client’s business to highlight the key strengths and weaknesses of the business. If we believe that our client can obtain greater shareholder value by delaying a proposed transaction in order to implement some key changes to the business, we will explain exactly what those required changes are and how our client can achieve them as efficiently and effectively as possible. We often work with clients for up to 3 years prior to a transaction to build a better, more valuable, business.

Solutions focused and collaborative approach

Having a positive, ‘can do’ and collaborative approach makes a huge difference to the success or failure of what can be a very complicated and emotionally demanding transaction.

We see it as our job to ensure that there is constant, positive, communication between all the parties involved in a transaction, to make sure that every adviser, including those acting for the other side, are working towards a focussed timetable and with a positive approach to delivering the optimum outcome for both sides as efficiently as possible.

M&A transactions are often destabilising for both the vendor and the purchaser and a significant drain on management time and resource, especially if antagonism develops between the two sides. We aim to complete every transaction rapidly and collaboratively, so that the process is as pain free as possible for both parties, ensuring that they are in a position to work well together post completion of a transaction.

Our high quality, multi qualified, experienced team

We pride ourselves on being much more than just corporate finance advisers. A business like ours depends entirely on the quality of its people and the make-up of our team is entirely different from any other corporate finance firm we have encountered.

Our team impresses both on paper and in action, and as you might expect from our strategic approach to preparing our clients for transactions, has been carefully put together over a number of years, with an emphasis on complimentary skill sets that bring the maximum benefit to our clients.

Included in our team are one of England’s youngest ever qualified chartered accountants, a qualified corporate lawyer, an MBA qualified corporate banker and chartered tax advisers, with the majority of our team also having Big 4 experience.

In addition to corporate finance advice, we will provide you with exceptional tax and transactional services support as well as tapping into the expertise of our corporate banker and lawyer: whilst they have both ceased to practice as a banker and lawyer respectively, they both bring to the table a number of years’ experience with international institutions.

Building the most suitable team of advisers

When buying or selling a business, raising finance or seeking external investment, a client needs more than just corporate finance advice. Whilst we will lead the transaction, acting as the conductor, our client needs excellent specialists in their orchestra to ensure that an outstanding performance can be delivered.

We take it on ourselves to help our clients engage legal, funding and transactional services specialists, as required, including arranging beauty parades and ensuring that the advisers put forward for consideration have the necessary knowledge and sector experience.

We have worked with a large number of lawyers and bankers both regionally and nationally and we are keenly aware of who brings what skills and experience to the table.

We are Experienced

Corporate finance team
Corporate finance team
Carl Swansbury
Carl Swansbury
Corporate Finance Partner
Nick Johnson
Nick Johnson
Partner
Peter Glenton
Peter Glenton
Partner
David Nixon
David Nixon
Corporate Finance Manager
Alex Simpson
Alex Simpson
Corporate Finance Senior Manager
Adam Cassidy
Adam Cassidy
Manager

RGCF are delighted to have won the Corporate Finance Deal of the Year Award at the 2018 North East Accountancy Awards, as a result of their work in advising on the sale of a 75% stake in the UK’s fastest growing tenant referencing provider, Van Mildert to London based private equity house, Aldington Capital.

Leadership consultancy

Provision of Corporate Finance advice to the shareholders of Hanover Search Group, on the acquisition of a 50% shareholding in Talent ID Limited, a leadership and talent management consultancy.

Energy Consultancy

Provision of Corporate Finance advice to the shareholders of Squareone Enterprises Ltd, on sale of the business to AIM-listed, Inspired Energy Plc.

Veterinary staffing 

Provision of Corporate Finance advice to the  100% shareholder of Liberty Vets on sale of the business to its incumbent management team in Vendor Initiated MBO funded by AIB.

Water Retail


Provision of financial due diligence to Perwyn Private Equity on their investment into Everflow Limited.

Accounting & Tax Services

CF advisors acting on behalf of the shareholders of
On the disposal of the business toOptonis Group, backed by Sovereign Capital, for an undisclosed amount.

Industrial recruitment and training

CF advisors acting on behalf of the shareholders ofOn the disposal of a 75% shareholding in the business to Japanese listed Trust Tech Inc.for £20.1m

Engineering Services

Corporate Finance advisors acting on behalf of the shareholders ofOn the disposal of the business to Benbecula Subsea Services for an undisclosed sum.

IT Consultancy

CF advisors acting on behalf of the shareholders ofOn the disposal of the business toHarvey Nash Group Plc for £15.1m.

Driving Recruitment

Provision of Corporate Finance advice to a shareholder of Driving Force Recruitment Limited on the sale of their 72% shareholding to the management team.

Civil Engineering

Provision of Corporate Finance advice to a specialist civil engineering business on its sale to a fast growing, national, civil engineering and utilities business.

Renewable Energy
Staffing

Provision of Corporate Finance advice to the shareholders of Taylor Hopkinson on the sale of a 65% shareholding to SEA Equity.

IT Staffing and
Solutions

Provision of Corporate Finance advice to the Company’s MD, Aidan Anglin on his Management Buy Out of the business.

Staffing and
Solutions

Provision of financial due diligence to Solingen Private Equity on their investment into Academic Appointments Limited.

Landlord & Tenant
Referencing Services

Provision of Corporate Finance advice to the shareholders of Van Mildert on the raising of Private Equity investment.

 

Staffing

Provision of Corporate Finance advice to the shareholders of GEM Partnership Limited, on the buyout of a minority shareholder.

Financial and
Professional Services
Staffing

Provision of Corporate Finance advice to the shareholders of ISE Partners Limited, on the partial sale of the business to Pertemps Network Group.

Office Support and Logistics Staffing

Provision of Corporate Finance advice to the shareholders of Flex Recruitment Plus Limited, on the sale of the OnSite and OnDemand parts of the business to First Personnel Group Plc.

Staffing

Provision of Corporate Finance advice to the shareholders of Impact Recruitment Limited, on the buyout of one of their fellow shareholders.

Engineering
Recruitment & Training

Provision of corporate finance advice to the shareholders of MTrec Ltd and Mtrec Care Ltd on the £17.1m sale of the business to Japanese listed, Trust Tech Inc.

Search &
Selection

Provision of Corporate Finance advice to the shareholders of ReesDraperWright Limited on sale of the business to AIM listed, InterQuest Group Plc.

Carl Swansbury and his team at Ryecroft Glenton provided a most professional service during the sales process and concluded the successful sale of lift-rite group in October 2017. Carl always showed great enthusiasm and provided honest, first class advice with any questions or concerns we had and responded to them with clarity and without delay. All in all, Carl, Alex and the team at Ryecroft Glenton are people I would not hesitate to recommend.

Graeme Robson / Co-founder and MD of Lift-rite

Carl and his team represented us in a transaction in early 2017 and I can’t express how impressed I was. We had never been through the sale of a business and we were very aware that the decision of which Corporate Finance Advisor to use could have a very tangible effect on the outcome of the transaction, and indeed whether the transaction completed. We spoke to several CF Advisers prior to asking Carl to represent us. Our main considerations were the ability of our adviser to control and drive the transaction. This was very important because we had never been through the process before but also because the companies who were looking to acquire us were very experienced in this type of process and we didn’t know what we didn’t know. We chose Carl and his team because they had clear and demonstrable experience gained through having a very personal and hands on involvement in literally hundreds of transactions over the years. Carl isn’t the oldest adviser in the game but we found that his personal experience was far in excess of any of the other individuals working for the other companies we considered and that experience proved to be invaluable during the process. Carl was instrumental in the negotiation process, in working with us to choose the right purchaser and all the way through the treacherous waters of actually doing the deal. There was a lot for us to consider all the way through but Carl’s experience enabled him to provide us with considered opinions and very good advice. I would say without any doubt that if we had not had Carl leading, controlling and driving the process then the deal would have been unlikely to go through. The only word of warning I would have for anyone considering asking Carl to represent them is that you had better be prepared for some 6:30am conference calls!

Christian Balshen / Van Mildert Landlord and Tenant Protection Limited

Carl and his team are true professionals. They have guided us expertly through the deal to secure an equity investor ideally suited to our needs at this stage in our development. Being my first transaction I had many questions throughout and Carl always made time to answer those questions patiently and explain every step clearly. We are now excited to be embarking on the next phase of the growth of our business and can not thank Carl and the team enough for guiding us to this result.

Tom Hopkinson / CEO, Taylor Hopkinson Associates

RG have been a great support to Grove over the last 10 years. As we have grown from a small IT services company into one of the fastest growing IT companies in the UK (a Deloitte Fast50 company) with global reach and offices in Africa and presence in USA we have had many, and varied challenges. As we have grown we have needed a breadth of skills and experience – RG has always been able to help – drawing on their depth and breadth/range of experience across their team. This has ranged from: book keeping; management accounting; monthly payroll; pay scale reviews; VAT returns; cross border VAT transactions; registering for VAT in a foreign country; support and preparation for HMRC audits; corporate structuring; corporate restructuring; shareholder governance; board roles and responsibilities; mergers and acquisition advice; corporate valuations; strategic reviews; transfer pricing. It has been a joy to work with them. RG have always been ready to help and put in the extra mile as and when we have needed.

Philip Witheridge / CEO - Grove Group

Ryecroft Glenton Corporate Finance (RGCF) successfully advised us on our new partnership with Experis. Throughout RGCF demonstrated a focused and convincing approach which when combined with Carl and the teams natural energy and passion, made our deal process fun and ultimately successful rather than stressful and exhausting. I applaud Carl and the RGCF team for that and extend genuine gratitude for a thoroughly professional approach throughout. Thank you.

Steve Skeates / Director - Integral Search and Selection Limited

We have worked very closely with Carl and Ryecroft Glenton Corporate Finance over the last 6 months to secure a substantial venture capital investment into our business. Carl and his team are intelligent, professional and 100% committed to delivering great results for their clients. Carl’s positivity and effervescence is infectious!

Michael Hall / Director - Maxim Facilities Management Limited

Ryecroft Glenton Corporate Finance (RGCF) facilitated our first acquisition in the United Kingdom. CRS had a challenge understanding the dynamics of the UK staffing industry and RGCF led us through the purchase process without any problems. RGCF’s help was appreciated and the teams knowledge assisted us in building our UK presence.

Mark Levine / Chief Operating Officer