Rollits advise on takeover of York insurance broker D E Ford

Hull and York commercial law firm Rollits has advised the shareholders of D E Ford on their sale to London-based PIB Insurance Brokers.

The sale, for an undisclosed sum, has seen PIB take over the Poppleton-based firm, with backing from global asset manager The Carlyle Group.

Originally a family business, set up in 1976 by founder Ben Ford, D E Ford has grown to become one of the Top 100 Chartered Insurance Brokers in the UK acting for charity and commercial clients in York and across the country.

The deal comes just months after D E Ford celebrated its 40th anniversary, and sees the management team continue to lead the 65-strong team in York.

The Rollits' team was led by Corporate Partner Nasim Sharf working with Craig Engleman (corporate and pensions), Douglas Oliver and Chris Crystal (property), James Peel (IP, IT and data protection) and Ed Heppel (employment).

Chris Greenall, managing director of D E Ford, said: "The investment from PIB will help build on the strong platform and excellent reputation that our business enjoys and all of our team are thoroughly looking forward to the opportunities being a part of the PIB Group will create."

Nasim Sharf of Rollits said  "The team at D E Ford has built up an impressive business over the last 40 years and it's been a pleasure working with them on this sale and reinvestment. We wish PIB Group and the management team at D E Ford well with their plans for continued growth organically and by acquisition"

KPMG acted as financial adviser to the shareholders of D E Ford on the sale to PIB, with KPMG's Stewart Cape working alongside Rollits corporate team. Alastair Creers of JWP Creers provided tax advice.

Posted on: 03/02/2017

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