Transaction Details

March 28, 2019


Industrials and Industrial Technology

Deal Type

Mergers and Acquisitions

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GCA Advises LDC on Its £20M ($26M) Investment in Shield Group International

GCA advised LDC on the management buyout of Shield Group International (SGI) from global testing, inspection and certification business Kiwa.

SGI, formerly known as Kiwa Compliance International, is an environmental inspection and consultancy business that specializes in health and safety services for legionella, water safety, asbestos and other hazardous materials. SGI employs over 600 people in six countries to service its clients across the global energy, industrials and public sectors.

LDC has backed the existing management team at SGI as it looks to accelerate its growth strategy. This will allow the company to invest in its current offering and add complementary service lines through a targeted buy-and-build strategy in its chosen international markets.

Guy Bagshaw, Investment Director at LDC in Manchester, said: “SGI addresses critical, regulatory-driven Health & Safety related issues for its customers, supporting the well-being of their employees and protecting the surrounding environment. Frank-Maarten, Gavin and Alain have established the leading business in its field, not just here in the UK but across Europe also, and we look forward to working closely with them as they embark on the next stage of their journey as an independent business.”

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