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Browne Jacobson advises on Fisher German - Vine Property Management merger

2 July 2019

Browne Jacobson has advised leading UK property consultancy Fisher German on its merger with Vine Property Management.

The Browne Jacobson team comprised Richard Medd and Sam Sharp (corporate finance), Beth Dowson (tax) and Shaun McCabe and Chereta Edmeade (banking).

The merger, which will create a £41 million turnover business, will trade as Fisher German from 2020. Vine co-founder James Rigby will join Fisher German as a partner and Vine’s current 10 UK offices and 100 staff will be retained.

With 16 UK offices and 500 staff, Fisher German is one of the largest property agencies in the country, specialising in the commercial, rural, residential, development, utilities and sustainable energy sectors. Following the merger between Fisher Hoggarth and Germans in 2000, it has delivered extraordinary growth, achieved organically and through a strategic acquisitive strategy which has seen it acquire nine property consultancies.

Founded in 1994, Birmingham headquartered Vine Property Management manages commercial property assets worth in excess of £2.7bn on behalf of its national and international client base. These range from multi-let industrial blocks, retail and leisure parks, regional and national headquarter buildings to hotels and city centre retail hubs.

Andrew Bridge, managing partner of Fisher German, said:

“We have been looking to grow Fisher German and to further expand our presence in the commercial sector, and Vine Property Management will not only bring a proven track record and new disciplines to expand our current commercial offering but will also take us into new geographical areas allowing for further growth. From that commercial point of view, it is a perfect fit but it soon became clear as we advanced talks that the two companies share a belief in ethos, values and levels of customer care which only adds to the strength of the new group.”

Richard Medd, corporate finance partner at Browne Jacobson, added:

“Both businesses have very strong client offering and this coming together will create a new national powerhouse in the independent property sector. Clients will benefit significantly from their combined expertise and we are delighted to have been instructed on this deal.”

Browne Jacobson’s team of over 30 corporate and banking & finance lawyers deliver corporate and banking transactions across the whole range of services for domestic and international clients including, amongst others, FTSE 100 companies, private equity investors and the UKs leading banking institutions.

The team has particular expertise in major strategic transactions, such as mergers and acquisitions (M&A), private equity and development capital investments, joint ventures and restructurings, property finance, refinancings, asset-based lending and regulated corporate work such as public company fundraising, funds formation and cross border restructuring.

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