Following a significant year of growth, ZebraLC, the niche due diligence business based in Manchester, has won Best in the UK Legal Sector as part of Acquisition International’s global M&A Awards. Other international winners include PWC, KPMG and RadcliffesLeBrasseur.
The awards charter the successes, stellar results and second-to-none client service of some of the worldwide M&A industry’s leading players and celebrate the outstanding efforts 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.
All of the awards are handed out solely on merit and are given to commend those most deserving for exceptional service over the last 12 months.
This year, ZebraLC advised Fairpoint Group PLC in its acquisition of national law firm Colemans CTTS. The niche business carried out technical, WIP and operational due diligence on volume conveyancing and personal injury.
In 2014, Zebra advised on technical & WIP due diligence in Fairpoint Group PLCs £15million acquisition of national law firm Simpson Millar. This was a highlight deal for the AIM listed company.
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.
“Greater visibility and a deeper understanding of legal businesses’ financial profile (including WIP profile), technical capability 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. As a small niche business, and also a young one, we have had to stand shoulder to shoulder with international accounting firms. This has been fantastic opportunity for us. There is really no-one else in the sector that delivers what we deliver across diverse areas of legal service. What we do often compliments the role of the accountant.
“With the onset, for example, of the flourishing personal injury M&A sector, the growth of specialist caseload and technical due diligence to assess WIP, technical capability and operational risk is ever present,” Zoe Holland, Founder & Managing Director, ZebraLC.
“This award provides businesses like us with an invaluable profile. This is even more so because we are small, unique and niche. Our work comes through reputation and credibility. We are known for our exceptional quality. Exposure to awards like this enables us to shout out to the wider industry.
“Having already had out first enquiry from Perth, Australia, the international reach of the award coverage is exciting and again, provides an opportunity to reach audiences outside for the UK.”