GCA becomes part of Houlihan Lokey


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July 22, 2019


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GCA Advises the Shareholders of Cawood Scientific on Its Sale to Waterland Private Equity

GCA has advised Inflexion Private Equity and the management shareholders of Cawood Scientific, the UK’s leading independent provider of analytical testing and sampling services to the agri-food and environmental renewables sectors, on its sale to Waterland.

Founded in 1991, Cawood offers a multi-disciplinary analytical sampling and testing service to the agronomy, livestock, agrochemical and environmental renewables sectors.

Cawood’s services are crucial to the agricultural and environmental sectors, as testing and data play a key role in quality control, compliance and the long-term sustainability of food production. Waterland’s investment will support Cawood’s ambitious plans to continue to consolidate the UK market while entering international markets and creating an agri-focused analytical services platform in both the UK and across Europe.

In March 2017, GCA advised Cawood’s management on a secondary buy-out with the support of Inflexion Private Equity. Since then, Cawood has continued to develop its offerings and establish new services. This has been supported by the successful acquisition of three businesses which have broadened Cawood’s breadth of service both into adjacent market sectors and geographically, while meaningfully enhancing the company’s scale. The business has also benefitted from its investment in technology and data optimization, leading to an improved customer offering and resourcing efficiency.

Nigel Patrick and Linda Radnor said: “Together with Inflexion we are pleased to have accelerated growth at Cawood and entered new market sectors. Cawood is now able to offer a broad range of agriculture and environmental testing services. Looking forward, we are extremely well placed to continue to grow within the markets in which we operate and look forward to partnering with Waterland in doing so.”

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