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Osborne Clarke advises Horizon-backed DMC Business Solutions on acquisition of United Carlton


Written on 7 June 2019

International legal practice Osborne Clarke has advised DMC Business Solutions, a B2B print and document service provider, on the acquisition of the entire issued share capital of U.C.O.S. Holdings Limited from the founder shareholders, which included the trading entities of United Carlton, a customer-centric reseller of managed print services.

This is a strategic acquisition for Horizon-backed DMC, which has long held a strong position in Southern England following the acquisition of Canotec, BCL and First Office. This latest acquisition provides the group with a much stronger presence in the North of the UK. United Carlton has spent 30 years developing strong relationships with clients from its three offices in Gateshead, York and Warrington. The combined business will employ 250 staff supporting 4,500 customers.

The deal was led by Mark Spinner (Partner) and Ken Wilkinson (Associate Director) and assisted by Seamus McKimm (Senior Associate) and Ben Pearlman (Trainee). Also involved were Luolan Dong (Senior Associate, Tax), David Nisbet (Partner, Tax) and Natasha Burbidge (Senior Associate, Employment).

“The Osborne Clarke Team provided excellent support and guidance throughout the process from both a legal and commercial perspective. Their in-depth knowledge of the private equity industry, coupled with their extensive M&A experience, enabled them to quickly understand our needs as a private equity backed business. They were aligned with what we were looking to achieve through the strategic acquisition of United Carlton and we are looking forward to working them again as we move forward,” said Simon Davey, CEO, DMC Business Machines Limited.

Having advised global businesses to fast-growth start-ups and market challengers, Osborne Clarke’s Corporate team is considered a go-to practice for many businesses. The team supports clients at every stage of company development across all corporate issues, from equity and debt fundraisings to M&A, IPOs and JVs.