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Bermans deal creates £24m Merseyside regulation agency

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MAPD Group acquires majority stake Liverpool regulation agency Bermans in a deal that creates a £24m-turnover enterprise. Tony McDonough studies

Brian Cullen and Joanna Kingston-Davies, who lead MAPD Group. Image by Jason Roberts


Wirral-based MAPD Group has taken a 75% stake in Liverpool regulation agency Bermans and says it would group the model by at the very least 25%.

MAPD, whose title stands for Making A Optimistic Distinction, was shaped in March 2020 in a administration buyout of Jackson Lees in Liverpool. It comprised regulation companies Broudie Jackson Canter and Jackson Lees.

Backed with funding from Shard Credit score Companions, the buyout was led by senior govt Brian Cullen and Joanna Kingston-Davies.

Bermans has 70 employees and relies within the Alternate Station workplace complicated in Liverpool metropolis centre. Its present companions will retain a 25% stake within the observe. This newest deal was once more backed by Shard and creates a £24m-turnover enterprise.

MAPD says it plans to develop the £8m-turnover enterprise by at the very least 25% within the subsequent three years. It has a broad, largely business regulation observe with a specialism in asset and bill finance.

Mr Cullen is chief govt of the enlarged enterprise. Ms Kingston-Davies is chief working officer. They’re at the moment in talks with a lot of companies about related offers as they appear to broaden nationwide.

“We knew from our first assembly with the companions that Bermans’ tradition would match ours,” mentioned Mr Cullen. “The preliminary discussions centered totally on methods to develop the enterprise and the folks inside it, with no discuss funds. It additionally provides heavyweight company and business experience to the group.

“We see nice alternatives for robust regional regulation companies that want the rocket gasoline we will present to take them to the subsequent stage. We imagine in sustainable development, which suggests investing in folks, delivering nice consumer service, offering high-quality recommendation and making certain a good revenue.”

Bermans’ current work contains Recognized Origin’s sale of its non-fungible token market to eBay, EHE Capital’s funding in Peppercorn AI, and the sale of the nationwide automobile rental firm Easirent to Leasys SPA.


Fergal O'CleirighFergal O’Cleirigh, senior accomplice at regulation agency Bermans


Fergal O’Cleirigh, Bermans’ senior accomplice, added: “MAPD is the proper accomplice. Its operational experience and monetary backing, allied to a deep dedication to tradition and employees, will assist us obtain our ambitions for Bermans.”

MAPD’s advisers had been David Malone, Natasha Lackner and Craig Geraghty at O’Connors (authorized), James Curtis and Connor Monaghan at DSW (company finance) and Andrew Cameron at Ryecroft Glenton (monetary due diligence).

Kish Patel, affiliate at Shard, additionally mentioned: “Every thing we’ve seen to this point has justified our perception in MAPD’s buy-and-build acquisition technique. Legislation is a particularly fragmented market and there are some wonderful companies on the market that simply want the expert assist MAPD can present.”

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