RG Corporate Finance celebrates its 7th anniversary with strong transactional performance

RG Corporate Finance has marked its seventh anniversary by delivering its most successful year to date.

Part of Newcastle-based advisory firm Ryecroft Glenton (RG), RG Corporate Finance has increased its fee income by 86% during the financial year ended 31 March 2018 having advised on a large number of significant regional, national and international transactions across a range of industry sectors.

During its seventh anniversary year the mid-market corporate finance firm has advised on many transactions, including disposals to strategic trade buyers, acquisitions, MBOs and MBIs, whilst also helping a number of high growth businesses secure significant private equity investment.

Among the recent transactions delivered by RG Corporate Finance was the acquisition of award-winning contractor accountancy firm, First Freelance Ltd, along with its sister company, First Five Projects Ltd, by Optionis Group, backed by mid-market Private Equity firm, Sovereign Capital.  As the largest provider of professional services to the flexible workforce, this acquisition strengthened Optionis’ position in the contractor accountancy and umbrella services market.

During the year, RGCF advised on the sale of North East based offshore engineering specialist Lift-Rite Group to Benbecula Subsea Services Ltd, the £15m sale of West Midlands based IT consultancy, Crimson Ltd to AIM listed Harvey Nash Group plc and the £20.1m sale of a 75% shareholding in c.£130m turnover gap personnel to Japanese listed, Trust Tech Inc.

RGCF also advised on a number of Management Buy Outs, including the acquisition of technology staffing business, DP Connect Ltd, by its Managing Director, Aiden Anglin, and the sale of Driving Force to its Management Team.

Private Equity investment featured in a number of RG Corporate Finance transactions, including the sale of 65% of renewable energy consultancy, Taylor Hopkinson Limited to SEA Equity, and the sale of a 75% stake in North East based tenant referencing provider, Van Mildert to London based private equity house, Aldington Capital.

Carl Swansbury, partner at RGCF, said: “We have built a strong reputation in the mid-market corporate finance space by delivering opinion driven, strategic advice to our clients on all types of transactions, including acquisitions, disposals, MBOs and MBIs, whilst helping clients secure private equity investment to fund the future growth and development of their businesses.

“This has enabled the firm to enjoy continued growth and attract top quality, experienced professionals to the team, whilst advising on an increasing number of significant mid-market transactions.

“Encouraging entrepreneurship through MBOs and supporting inward investment from international trade buyers and Private Equity houses is very rewarding and we are incredibly proud of our achievements over the past seven years.  We are, though, very much focused on the future and ensuring RGCF continues to grow by building effective and collaborative relationships with our professional friends, while also continuing to advise our growing regional and national client base.”


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