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News Corporate Deals 22nd Jan 2019

Freeths advises on the sale of London-based mortgage broker Charles Cameron & Associates

Freeths London corporate team has advised the shareholders of London-based mortgage broker Charles Cameron & Associates Limited (“CCA”) on its sale to private equity firm, Lonsdale Capital Partners (“Lonsdale”). Following the transaction, Lonsdale will hold a majority investment in CCA.

CCA was launched in 2004 by majority owners Simon Nimmo and Peter Smith.  Simon will continue as CEO post-completion and has reinvested a significant proportion of his sale proceeds. Simon has over 25 years’ experience in the mortgage industry having previously founded and subsequently sold his interest in Alexander Hall to Foxtons.

CCA has a unique model, partnering with blue chip corporates including investment banks, professional services and tech firms in the UK, as well as specialist employee benefit providers. It provides a fee-free mortgage broking service to employees alongside seminars and information on financial wellness and education. The Company has grown rapidly over the last two years, increasing its corporate partner base from around 100 to 150, and its revenues by a CAGR of 16%.

The Freeths team was led by corporate partner Peter Hill, supported by senior corporate associate Francis Dalton. Tax advice was provided by tax associate Matthew Switzer, and banking advice was provided by partner James Dyson and his team.

Peter, who has extensive experience in advising on sales of FCA regulated businesses, commented:
“We are delighted to have advised the shareholders of CCA on this transaction, which has produced a great result for both our clients and Lonsdale.

CCA CEO Simon Nimmo commented:
“The Freeths team were excellent and a delight to work with.”


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Blackfriars Foundry
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