Rollits advise international logistics group on acquisition of local transport company

Rollits has advised the Charles André Group,  a French logistics group, on its acquisition of a majority stake in Simon Gibson Transport Limited, a Goole based company specialising in bulk powder and granular product transport, handling and storage.

GCA was founded in 1932 by Charles André to distribute petroleum products around the Rhone valley.  Although it is still a family owned company, GCA has since grown into one of Europe's leading logistics providers.  It is now based in Montélimar, France and operates across 15 European countries, employing over 4,500 drivers in its road transport division.

Simon Gibson Transport was founded 16 years ago in North Newbald with a single truck by Simon Gibson who has grown the business significantly over the years and extended the company's Goole headquarters two years ago to include a new 35,000 foot warehouse, new offices and driver training facilities.  The company has eight other operating centres in the UK, including one at Sancton, and now operates across Europe with a fleet of 94 vehicles, employing over 130 staff.  Simon Gibson will continue in his role as Managing Director of the company.

The deal sees GCA continue to expand its operations in the UK while enabling Simon Gibson Transport to continue its own strategy of growth and development.

The Rollits' team was led by corporate partner Nasim Sharf working with Kate Dixon (Corporate) and included Neil Franklin (Property), Libby Clarkson (Planning) and Ed Heppel (Employment). 

Mr Sharf comments: "Simon Gibson has built up an impressive business.  The investment by GCA should ensure the business grows and develops to the next level.  Exciting times lie ahead."

Simon Gibson was advised by Jonathan Simms and Rachael Stockley of Leeds law firm Clarion, with corporate finance advice being provided by Roger Esler and Paul Herriott of Dow Schofield Watts.

Posted on: 26/02/2016

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