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Consumer & Retail


Consumer & Retail

The Cavendish Consumer & Retail Group focuses on the sale of consumer-facing businesses in the consumer, products, retail and leisure sectors.

The Group works on a broad range of consumer and retail based business transactions and has significant cross border deal experience. Membership of M&A International's Consumer & Retail Groups facilitates frequent contact with many leading UK and multinational players across the FMCG, food & drink, leisure, travel and retail markets, keeping us up to date with the opportunities for businesses in these sectors.

"We were delighted with the personal service offered by the team at Cavendish. The process was managed professionally and we were confident that the team understood the intimacies of a private sale including the need to maintain competitive tension throughout the process and the need to maintain confidentiality."

Julia Langkraehr, shareholder, Retail Profile Ltd

"The Exit Review process managed by Caroline Belcher was very good at defining what were the priorities to exit and galvanising the management team into making the necessary changes. Without this intervention, we would not have been able to attract such interest in the market place nor have been able to achieve this price."

Eric Winkler, owner and Managing Director, Saitek

"During the lengthy negotiations with Schneider Electric, we received the full attention of Cavendish's experienced and dedicated deal team. Cavendish helped us navigate through a process that was new to us but familiar to Schneider and remained focussed on the commercial terms of the transaction throughout. Working with Cavendish, we have secured a terrific deal for shareholders and one which will be transformational for the business." John Joseph, Chairman and founder, GET Group Plc

John Joseph, Chairman and founder, GET Group Plc

“Cavendish Corporate Finance were very supportive throughout the transaction, giving useful advice at a number of critical stages of the process. The shareholders were delighted with the final price achieved and especially that the eventual transaction was completed within 10 days of agreeing terms with Tragus”.

John Gater, CEO, Ma Potter’s Ltd

“We set ourselves a very aggressive timetable for achieving completion of the deal, something that was imperative to both Wolseley and ourselves. Cavendish worked hard on our behalf to both maximize the terms achieved and to drive the transaction to complete on time. Cavendish's familiarity with the issues involved was invaluable and they were able to give us fully informed advice at all stages of the transaction.”

David Bell, Finance Director, AC Electrical

'We had tremendous support from the Cavendish team throughout the sale process. I believe we have been very well advised and that their perspectives and experience at the inevitably tricky moments were enormously valuable.'

Michael Bault, Chairman of Marsh & Parsons

"This is a great outcome for both the shareholders and the ongoing management team. The closer we have got to Vestey the more we have seen how they share the same values as Donald Russell, which bodes well for the future. It was very impressive to see how Cavendish handled the auction process and used their international network to talk directly with purchasers around the world. You stayed with us every step of the way and made sure that the sale moved ahead despite all the obstacles, so thank you!"

Hans Baumann of Donald Russell

"Cavendish provided excellent support in helping take our business to the next stage. By bringing in a private investor with international experience, we are well positioned to execute our growth plan”.

Dean Dunham, Chief Executive of Baby Zilli

I am entirely confident that Raleigh has found the ideal buyer to support the employees, customers, suppliers and the future growth of the business."

Alan Finden-Croft of Raleigh Cycle Limited

‘Cavendish took on the challenge of selling Robert Dyas against the background of a very difficult environment for retailers in general caused by the current economic downturn. However, they were undaunted by this and found a buyer that allowed existing shareholders to exit and for the Robert Dyas business to have a new owner who wants to expand and develop the business.’

Geoff Brady, Chairman of Robert Dyas Holdings Limited

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