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Buzzacott advises Silverbaton Capital on its acquisition of Harlow Printing Ltd

Corporate Finance deal announcement: Buzzacott advises Silverbaton Capital on its acquisition of Harlow Printing Ltd.

Seller: Harlow Printing

Buyer: Silverbaton Capital

Type of deal: Acquisition

Sector: Printing - with particular focus on healthcare and gaming markets 

Date: September 2023


Overview of deal

We are delighted to announce Silverbaton Capital’s acquisition of Harlow Printing Ltd. The acquisition marks an exciting new chapter in the future of Harlow with Femi Okeya and Emmanuel Lawal joining as Chief Executives and working closely with the ongoing MD (Jack Harrison) to drive the company’s continued growth plan over the coming years. 

Who are the firms involved

Silverbaton Capital is a Search Fund established by Femi Okeya and Emmanuel Lawal in August 2022 and backed by numerous highly experienced investors. They have the goal of supporting the succession of great UK businesses. 

Harlow Printing was founded in 1947 and has grown from humble origins to become a 120 employee strong, major national supplier and distributor of print to both private and public industry sectors (with particular specialisms in healthcare, pharma and gaming). One of their key products is the Personal Child Health Record (the “red book” which every parent is given by the NHS when a child is born) which they have supplied for over 26 years. 

What we liked about this deal

At Buzzacott we very much enjoy the level of involvement Search Fund/ETA transactions require and consider the sector one of our core specialisms. A comprehensive array of services were provided including transaction advisory, financial and tax due diligence. We worked closely with Femi and Emmanuel throughout the process to ensure a successful outcome was reached. 

The financial due diligence/transaction advisory team was made up of Alex Judd (Partner), George Thresh (Associate Director) and Megan Leonard-Moran (Executive). The tax due diligence team was made up of Tony Dillow (Director) and Anais Leinhart Ortega (Supervisor). 

To see further transactions in the printing space, please see our transactions page.

"George and the rest of the Buzzacott team used their extensive experience in the Search Fund space to provide invaluable advice over the course of this transaction. They went above and beyond in providing support across multiple key areas and were always on hand to give their view on any points that arose." – Femi Okeya & Emmanuel Lawal

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