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Browne Jacobson completes sale of Vets4Pets to Pets at Home

4 December 2013

Corporate lawyers at Browne Jacobson have completed the sale of long standing client Vets4Pets to Pets at Home, the UKs largest pet supplies retailer.

The deal will see its clients 93 stand-alone joint venture veterinary practices integrated into Pets at Homes existing 116 in-store Companion Care vet business.

Vets4Pets was set up in 2001 by Peter Watson, a former director at Specsavers and Vision Express Joint Ventures.

The Browne Jacobson team was led by Corporate Partner Mark Hughes, assisted by Tina Robinson (corporate), Sarah Parkinson (property) and Beth Dowson (tax), amongst others. The team also worked closely with John Lewis and Jessica Roland of Guernsey law firm Mourant Ozannes.

Mark Hughes, Corporate Partner at Browne Jacobson, said:

"Vets4Pets has been a client of ours since its inception, and during that time we have seen it grow significantly. Having worked closely with Peter and the management team, it is very satisfying to see the business progress in this way. Like all transactions, this one had its challenging moments, but it was rewarding to work on a deal where all parties had the desired outcome firmly in mind at all times."

Pets at Home, a portfolio company of KKR, were advised by Clifford Chance (London) with a team led by Kem Ihenacho (Partner, Corporate) assisted by Christopher Sullivan (Senior Associate, Corporate). Carey Olsen (Guernsey) advised Pets at Home as to matters of Guernsey law.

Deloitte (London) also advised Pets at Home.

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