Mergers and acquisitions
 
 
 

Mergers and acquisitions

 

 

Mergers and acquisitions are an important part of the history and DNA of Azets. A significant number of our 6,500 employees joined the company through one of our 70 acquisitions completed since Azets was formed in 2016. M&A remains an important part of our future growth and we remain committed to acquiring high quality, market leading businesses that support our strategy to be the market leading technologically enabled provider of essential business services to SME clients in our chosen geographical markets.

If an acquisition or merger is something of interest to you, you can be confident that Azets will deal with the purchase with absolute discretion and professionalism from our initial conversation through to the conclusion of a transaction.  Our experience of buying and integrating businesses over the last five years makes us a great partner for anyone who might be considering the sale of their Business.  Our experienced team will work closely with you, pre and post transaction to ensure a smooth transition and integration process.

 

Broadly we seek to acquire technology enabled providers of essential business services to SMEs in a wide range of service lines including:

  • Accountancy and Tax
  • Finance
  • Payroll
  • Human Resources
  • Legal services
  • Wealth Management
  • Regulatory or compliance
  • Technology services

 

A selection of our acquisitions:

Karabin-gruppen – March 2022

Country: Norway

Service line: Advisory

Headcount: 110

Azets have acquired Karabin-gruppen. Karabingruppen is a leading, multidisciplinary advisory group providing services within management consulting, UX and services design, M&A services, and Finance and HR consultancy. Karabin-gruppen is situated in Norway with offices in Oslo, Bergen, Trondheim and Stavanger.

 

 

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Inspire Professional Services – February 2022

Country: United Kingdom

Service line: Accounting, Tax and Advisory

Headcount: 30

Azets have acquired an award-winning business and tax advisory firm Inspire Accountants, a local independent firm based in Poole. Inspire has a strong market reputation for high quality client service and is culturally well aligned with Azets. The acquisition therefore strengthens Azets’ already established presence on the South Coast.

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Garbutt & Elliott – November 2021

Country: United Kingdom

Service line: Accounting, Tax and Advisory

Headcount: 200

Azets have acquired Garbutt & Elliott, a specialist accountancy firm with offices in York and Leeds, and one the largest independent chartered accounting firms in Yorkshire. As a multi-service practice, the Garbutt & Elliott business will be the initial hub for further growth in the Yorkshire region.

 

 

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Legeregnskap - April 2021

Country: Norway

Service line: Accounting and Outsourced Services

Headcount: 46

Azets have acquired Legeregnskap, a leading Norwegian accounts and outsourcing firm, predominantly serving clients within the healthcare sector for the last 30 years. Legeregnskap has built an exceptional reputation for the quality of its services and client base.

 

 

 

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Roffe Swayne - February 2021

Country: United Kingdom

Service line: Accounting, Tax and Advisory

Headcount: 85

Azets have acquired Roffe Swayne, a market leading professional services practice serving both businesses and individuals across Surrey, London and the broader South East region. As one of the largest multi-service practices in the South East of England, Roffe Swayne had built a well established and long term client base.

 

 

 

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AST Group - March 2020

Country: Finland

Service line: International services

Headcount: 35

 

Rees Pollock - September 2019

Country: United Kingdom

Service line: Accounting, Tax and Advisory

Headcount: 70

 

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Scott Moncrieff - May 2019

Country: United Kingdom

Service line: Accounting, Tax and Advisory

Headcount: 250

 

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CogiDocs UK (formerly E-docs) - January 2019

Country: United Kingdom

Service line: Scanning and Digitization

Headcount: 35

 

 

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Hazlems Fenton - November 2018

Country: United Kingdom

Service line: Accounting, Tax and Advisory

Headcount: 110

 

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Wilkins Kennedy - August 2018

Country: United Kingdom

Service line: Accounting, Tax and Advisory

Headcount: 600

 

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EPOS HR and payroll systems - July 2018

Country: Denmark

Service line: IT & Software

Headcount: 13

 

 

 

Shelley Stock Hutter - November 2017

Country: United Kingdom

Service line: Accounting, Tax and Advisory

Headcount: 60

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Campbell Dallas - September 2017

Country: United Kingdom

Service line: Accounting, Tax and Advisory

Headcount: 250

 

 

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Isännöinti Rantamäki - August 2017

Country: Finland

Service line: Property Management

Headcount: 20

 

 

 

Allianse Regnskap - April 2017

Country: Norway

Service line: Accounting and Payroll

Headcount: 40

 

 

IDUR - December 2016

Country: Sweden

Service line: HR advisory

Headcount: 17

CLB Coopers - November 2016

Country: United Kingdom

Service line: Accounting, Tax and Advisory

Headcount: 90

 

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Contact information

If you would like further information with regard to our M&A strategy or are considering a potential sale, please get in touch with any of the key contacts from our dedicated M&A team:

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Jeremy Feranley
Group Head, M&A

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Jesper Balsby
Director, M&A

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Daniel King
Associate Director, M&A

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Øyvind Gilbert-Ertsaas
Senior Manager, M&A