RG Corporate Finance advises on a private equity transaction | North East Deals

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David Press and Marc Tobias


Ryecroft Glenton Corporate Finance, based in Newcastle, advised the takeover of specialist legal and corporate secretarial staff by private equity firm Omni Partners.

London-based DMJ Recruitment will operate under the Fortes Group, which was created by Omni Group, to drive future growth both organically and through acquisitions.

The recruitment firm places legal professionals and company secretaries in private practice and in-house roles, with clients including PcW, Barclays and Tesco.

DMJ founders David Press and Marc Tobias will work alongside Omni and Fortes to expand the company’s services into other areas such as technology, accounting and finance.

RG Corporate Finance worked on the sale to Omni, led by partner and head of corporate finance Carl Swansbury, supported by CF consultant Kerry Hurst and CF executive Adam Tindale.

Carl Swansbury, Partner and Head of Corporate Finance at RGCF, said, “The new relationship between DMJ and Omni will see Fortes become a significant player in the professional services recruitment industry. Marc, David and the DMJ management team have built an exceptional company with an international reputation, which will help attract other like-minded companies who will benefit from being part of Fortes and share its ambitions. and its future successes.

“It has been a pleasure to work with David and Marc over the past five years helping them execute this exciting transaction and I look forward to seeing the business continue to grow and evolve over the years to come. come.”

Transactional tax and accounting advice was provided by Stephen Kelly, Mariske Byrnes and Bob Roberts of Beavis Morgan, while shareholder legal advice was provided by David Baverstock and Daniel Jacob of Marriott Harrison.

Omni received financial and tax due diligence advice from RSM, led by its partner Jonathan Wade with legal advice from Brabners. Commercial due diligence was undertaken by Armstrong, led by Simon Helmsley, with debt financing provided by Thincats.

Marc Tobias said: “Our ambition has always been to scale DMJ’s core business, while helping to build a group beyond DMJ’s core specialties and working with Omni to create the new Fortes group, we provide the ideal platform to achieve this.

“Rather than being part of a larger group already established, this route allows us to develop and implement our own strategy for DMJ, with the support of Omni, while integrating into the Fortes group other companies sharing the same ideas that focus on complementary areas, such as technology, accounting, finance and compliance that can support our current and future customers.”

David Press added: “Over many years, DMJ has developed a culture of growth in mind, in terms of performance, personal growth and inclusiveness, and this transaction will create exciting new career opportunities for current staff. and future.

Charles Gallagher-Powell, Head of Private Equity at Omni Partners, said: “We recognize the real growth potential within DMJ Recruitment. This will be the core of Fortes’ professional services offering, providing a holistic approach to placing top talent in a lineup. functional areas and sectors. Marc, David and the management team have built an outstanding business in DMJ, and we look forward to working closely with them and their team over the coming years to realize their vision for the future.

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