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  • Hammerson plc acquires virtual freehold of 99 Bishopsgate, London EC2

    Hammerson plc has acquired a 999-year leasehold (virtual freehold) interest in 99 Bishopsgate, London EC2, from PRUPIM acting on behalf of the Prudential Assurance Company Ltd for £100 million, including costs.
    99 Bishopsgate is a 26-storey tower providing 31,500m2 of office accommodation in the centre of the City of London. It is occupied by a number of financial and professional services companies including: Deutsche Bank, Latham & Watkins, Korea Development Bank and Charles River Associates International.

  • JDSU Acquires Critical Assets from QuantaSol for CPV Solar Offering

    DSU announced that it has acquired critical product design, patented intellectual property and other assets from QuantaSol, a concentrated photovoltaic (CPV) provider based in the United Kingdom.

    JDSU will leverage industry-leading multiple quantum well (MQW) technology from QuantaSol for its CPV cell product platform.  MQW technology allows more light to be converted to electrical power by raising the efficiency of CPV cells, the most important metric in the solar industry.

  • Aegis Group plc strengthens Aegis Media's market position in the UK

    Aegis Group plc, the marketing communications and market research group, announced that it has acquired an initial 75% of the share capital of MediaVest (Manchester) Ltd., the UK-based media planning and buying agency. The remaining 25% of the share capital of MediaVest (Manchester) Ltd. is subject to a put and call option arrangement exercisable from 2016.

  • GB Group plc acquires provider of tracing software and services in the UK, Data Discoveries

    GB Group plc, the leading Identity Management business that provides services in both the UK and internationally, Friday announced the acquisition of Data Discoveries, a provider of tracing software and services in the UK.

    Over the past few years there has been a growing demand for tracing services, with the Credit Services Association (CSA) estimating that over £8 billion of debt will be traded this year and that 70 per cent of all instructions to collect debt will involve some form of tracing.

  • Digital forensics and incident response specialist Foregenix acquires TrustedOne Ltd

    Digital forensics and incident response specialist, Foregenix, has successfully acquired TrustedOne Ltd (TrustedOne), a boutique information security consultancy business based in London, UK.

  • McGraw-Hill Companies’ division acquires the Steel Business Briefing Group

    Platts, a division of McGraw-Hill Companies Inc. (MHP) and a leading global provider of energy, petrochemicals and metals information, is to acquire the Steel Business Briefing Group (the SBB Group), a privately held U.K. company and leading provider of news, pricing and analytics to the global steel market.

    The SBB Group provides subscription-based, electronic products to the steel industry and its participants through two principal businesses, Steel Business Briefing (SBB) and The Steel Index (TSI). Financial terms were not disclosed.

  • Convio Acquires the UK’s privately held Baigent Digital LLC

    Convio Inc announced that it has acquired privately held Baigent Digital LLC (Baigent), a leading provider of digital strategy, design, technology implementation and online fundraising solutions to charities in the United Kingdom.

    Convio will deliver its proven, integrated constituent engagement solution – including capabilities for online fundraising, special events fundraising, email marketing, content management and CRM -- to the UK market.

  • Sonoco acquires assets of the UK’s Robinson Paperboard Packaging

    Sonoco UK Ltd., a wholly owned subsidiary of US based Sonoco, one of the largest diversified global packaging companies and the world's largest producer of paperboard cans, has completed the acquisition of the assets of Robinson Paperboard Packaging Ltd., a division of Robinson PLC.

  • PetroChina and INEOS complete transaction to form trading and refining joint ventures

    PetroChina Company Limited (PetroChina) and INEOS Group Holdings plc (INEOS) have completed the deal to form trading and refining Joint Ventures between PetroChina International (London) Company Limited, and INEOS Investments (Jersey) Limited.
    The joint ventures include trading and refining activities at the Grangemouth refinery in Scotland and the Lavéra refinery in France. The business employs approximately 1,000 people and has a turnover of $15bn. PetroChina has paid US$ 1.015 billion cash for the shares in the joint ventures.

  • Capita Group Plc acquires customer contact specialist Ventura

    The Capita Group Plc (Capita) announced that it has acquired Ventura, a customer contact specialist for a cash consideration of £65 million on a cash-free, debt-free basis.

  • Renewables investment specialist, FIM Services, acquires South Wales wind farm

    Renewables investment specialist FIM Services has bolstered its onshore wind farm portfolio with the acquisition of a South Wales facility. Oxfordshire-based FIM acquired the Mynydd Portref wind farm from Tegni Cymru Cyf (TCC).

    Expected output is 21.6 GWh of renewable energy – sufficient to provide power for about 4,500 homes and save 9,000 tonnes of C02 emissions from fossil fuels.

  • British Land buys modern, high quality property in Maidenhead town centre for £74 million

    British Land announced Wednesday that it has purchased Grenfell Island, a prime office and leisure scheme totaling 198,000 sq ft in Maidenhead town centre, for £74 million representing a net initial yield of 7.5%.

    The property comprises 113,000 sq ft of high quality, flexible office space let to Hutchison 3G UK Ltd, as the UK headquarters of Hutchison Whampoa Ltd a leading global telecommunications and data services provider. The unexpired lease term is 9.5 years.

  • Drivers Direct expands with the acquisition of company with branches in Crewe and Derby

    Drivers Direct, a specialist recruitment company, has expanded with the acquisition of Transport Solutions, with branches in Crewe and Derby, which is run by a former employee.

    The company, which specializes in the recruitment and placement of temporary and permanent drivers of all classes, announced it has acquired Transport Solutions whose branches will add to its extensive UK-wide network, and strengthen its presence in the North West region.

  • Renishaw to acquire Bosch manufacturing facility

    Renishaw, the UK-based engineering company, announced a series of initiatives designed to provide the additional capacity required for its anticipated business growth over the longer term. These include the acquisition of the soon to be vacant Bosch manufacturing facility, located to the west of Cardiff, Wales, and the submission of planning applications to extend three of its existing facilities in Gloucestershire.

  • UBM sells its UK entertainment and technology business titles for £2.4 million

    UBM plc Monday announced that it has signed an agreement to sell its UK entertainment and technology product portfolio to Intent Media Ltd for a total cash consideration of £2.4 million. UBM is selling the portfolio on behalf of its UBM Connect division.

    The transaction is expected to complete in the next six weeks, subject to the conclusion of a TUPE consultation process.

  • The Carlyle Group to Acquire motoring services provider RAC Ltd from Aviva

    Global alternative asset manager The Carlyle Group announced today that it has reached an agreement to acquire RAC Limited, the motoring services provider, from Aviva plc. The transaction represents an enterprise value of £1 billion. Completion, which is subject to regulatory and competition approvals, is expected at the end of the third quarter of 2011.

  • Genesco Inc. acquires UK based fashion footwear retailer Schuh Group Ltd

    Genesco Inc. Thursday announced that it has acquired Schuh Group Ltd., a specialty retailer of casual and athletic footwear based in the United Kingdom. The purchase price paid at closing was £100 million, subject to closing adjustments; less £29.5 million outstanding under existing Schuh credit facilities, which remain in place.

  • Taalus Ltd purchases Ethos Systems Limited

    Taalus Ltd announced that it has acquired certain assets (but not liabilities) of Ethos Systems Ltd, a leading national provider of specialist office support services and products.
    Taalus is a leading, national force in the delivery of Print, Office and AV Solutions. Supported by a national field force of trained print and AV engineers, the company offers a unique service support solution across a wide range of print, AV and telco formats.

  • Rontec Investments LLP buys Total’s Retail Marketing and Fuel Distribution assets

    Total has signed a sale and purchase agreement to sell most of its Marketing assets in the United Kingdom, the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man to Rontec Investments LLP, a consortium led by Snax 24, one of the leading independent forecourt operators in the UK.
    The assets included within this agreement consist of Total’s UK retail network, comprising 810 Total-branded service stations, its Butler heating oil business, the associated logistics infrastructure, as well as its Channel Islands and Isle of Man businesses.

  • Mission Capital Plc acquires Business Advisory Service Limited

    Mission Capital Plc, the holding company of Quindell Limited, a leading reselling and sales outsourcing company with expertise in technology, telecoms, utilities, leisure, retail and franchise, announced Tuesday that it has acquired the entire issued share capital of Business Advisory Service Limited and its associated companies for L8.2 million.

  • Bosideng purchases Property to Construct Landmark Building

    Bosideng International Holdings Limited, the largest down Apparel Company in China, announced that it has acquired a property at 28 South Molton Street near the Oxford Street shopping area in the West End of London at a consideration of HK$240 million.

    The property will be turned into the Group’s down apparel and menswear flagship store and its headquarters in Europe. This will be the first overseas down apparel and menswear flagship store of Bosideng which marks an important move of the Group’s expansion in the UK market.

  • Markerstudy Group completes acquisition of Tonbridge Coachworks Vehicle Repair Group

    Markerstudy Group has completed its acquisition of Tonbridge Coachworks Vehicle Repair Group (which includes Tonbridge Coachworks, European Automotive Solutions and Canterbury Accident Repair Specialist).

    With more than 900 members of staff and annual revenue in excess of £500 million, this latest move by Markerstudy Group will provide a secure platform for Tonbridge Coachworks to expand and progress.

  • Provexis plc acquires sports nutrition products manufacturer, Science in Sport Ltd

    Provexis plc, the life-science business that discovers, develops and licenses scientifically-proven functional food, medical food and dietary supplement technologies, announced that it has entered into a conditional agreement to purchase the entire issued share capital of SiS (Science in Sport) Limited.

  • YuMe launches YuMe Europe with its first office in London, and the acquisition of Appealing Media

    YuMe, the leading relevant video advertising technology company, announced the launch of YuMe Europe with its first office in London, and the acquisition of Appealing Media, the premium mobile video advertising company serving customers such as ESPN, IPC Media, Bauer Media, and Universal McCann. Already a leader in the UK market, Appealing Media brings seasoned executives and tested technology and network properties to YuMe.