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News Corporate Deals 14th Jul 2022

Freeths corporate team advises on the sale of Vox Group

Midlands advisers have led on the sale of Vox Group to a private equity-backed company.

Vox Group, a global point of purchase and merchandising specialist, has been snapped up by Communisis. The company has a worldwide customer base which includes Stanley Black + Decker, PepsiCo and Anheuser Busch. Communisis is part of the OSG group, which is backed by New York-based private equity firm Aquiline Capital Partners.

Smith & Williamson Corporate Finance and law firm Freeths worked on the deal. The Freeths corporate team was led by national head of private equity Lee Clifford, who was supported by Ateeq Ahmed, Mohammed Abbas and Olivia Johnson.

Clifford said: “The private equity market has been very active and this remains the case. The Vox transaction has again demonstrated that there is a continued appetite for investment in UK business from international private equity investors.

“The transaction delivers a great result for the Vox shareholders and positions the business neatly for future growth.”

Brian Leech, chief executive of Vox, added: “I want to thank the teams at Smith & Williamson and Freeths for their invaluable and stoical advice, assistance and support through the last couple of months.

“I was impressed and very comfortable with the way the process was managed – cool heads, much appreciated during the twists and turns.”

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