The Wilkes Partnership has advised Johnsons Cars on its sixth deal in 12 months, with the new and used car dealer continuing its expansion by buying the T H White Motor Group.
This latest deal follows on from the acquisition of four dealerships at the end of 2017, all of which The Wilkes Partnership advised on, and adds two new brands, Jeep and Fiat Commercial, to the Johnsons Cars automobile brand offering.
As part of the purchase Johnson Cars takes over Fiat Chrysler Automobile (FCA) dealership in Hillmead, Swindon, which sells and services cars and commercial vehicles across the range of FCA brands – Fiat, Fiat Commercial, Chrysler, Alfa Romeo, Abarth and Jeep.
Partner Gareth O’Hara and Associate Mike Linford of The Wilkes Partnership Corporate team advised on the deal. Mark Hodgson, Partner in the Real Estate department, provided property support for the transaction.
Gareth O’Hara, Managing Partner and Head of the Corporate Team said: “We were delighted to advise Johnsons Cars on their acquisition of the T H White Motor Group. As a firm, we have a longstanding relationship with Johnsons looking after their legal requirements generally. Johnsons continues to go from strength to strength and we look forward to working with them again on future acquisitions.”
Johnsons Cars is one of England’s largest independent dealership groups. Headquartered in Redditch, it has branches across the country, from Berkshire to the Northwest with 38 showrooms.
Mike Berwick, Operations Director at Johnsons Cars commented: “We greatly appreciate the relationship with Gareth, Mike, Mark and their team as their combined understanding of the retail car business coupled with the obvious legal experience delivered pragmatic solutions and an efficient completion to this acquisition”.
The Wilkes Partnership is one of the UK’s leading independent law firms operating from the Midlands region, providing a wide range of specialist expertise aimed at SME’s individuals and funders.
The corporate team offer specialist partner led advice expertise in mid-market corporate finance, M&A, Development Capital, MBO’s, Banking, Restructuring and commercial work.
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