RSM advises on sale of Staffordshire Veterinary Group

RSM corporate finance has advised on the sale of Staffordshire-based veterinary practice Shires Vets to the Linnaeus Group.

Shires Vets provides high quality pet, equine and large animal health care services across its five sites in Staffordshire. Linnaeus Group is a network of first opinion and specialist referral veterinary practices, formed following the investment of Sovereign Capital in Willows Referral and Veterinary Centre. It delivers the highest levels of patient care and comprises of some of the best clinicians in the veterinary profession.

Ian Latham and Helen Brocklebank from RSM corporate finance, advised the vendors. Peter Ellis of Beswicks Legal acted as legal adviser to the shareholders

Ian Latham, corporate finance partner for RSM, said:

‘Shires is a trusted and respected veterinary practice in the Staffordshire area, and the partnership with Linnaeus Group will further enhance this offering – bringing together two businesses with the same dynamic, forward looking approach to animal care.

‘It was great to draw on our extensive sector experience to deliver a transaction, which will provide significant benefits and growth opportunities for both businesses.’

Will Jeffels, one of Shires partners, said:

‘We are proud of the high standard of services we provide to our communities and knowing this ethos would be fully supported in the future was very important to us. RSM’s understanding of the key drivers of our business and in-depth knowledge of the veterinary sector was critical in helping us develop a strategy which was right for the business and its staff.

‘We’re looking forward to bringing a new skill set to the group with our equine offering and also developing our practice further with the help and support of the team at Linnaeus.’