SAS Daniels LLP advises Cheshire Cat Management Limited on the acquisition of Weetwood Ales Limited

Year Published: 2014

Leading North West law firm, SAS Daniels LLP, has acted for family owned investment group, Cheshire Cat Management, on the seven figure acquisition of CAMRA award winning brewery, Weetwood Ales.

The deal was led by Partner and Head of the Corporate Team at SAS Daniels, Jeremy Orrell, who advised Cheshire Cat Management’s company directors, Phil McLaughlin, Laura Humby and Rob McLaughlin on the acquisition.

The family investment group, created following the sale of Riskdisk, one of the UK’s most trusted credit reference agencies to Experian in 2011, is keen to maintain Kelsall-based Weetwood’s commitment to quality as a brewery supplying to nearly 200 pubs and retail outlets across the UK.

Cheshire Cat Management recognised the brewery’s reputation for producing a diverse selection of traditional, cask-conditioned real ales and is keen to continue to produce quality, consistent beers and to retain existing Weetwood staff to take the business forward. Vendors Adrian Slater and Roger Langford will be engaged in a full handover process to oversee a smooth transition before embarking on retirement.

Commenting on the acquisition, Jeremy Orrell, Partner and Head of the Corporate Team at SAS Daniels said: “We are delighted to have advised Cheshire Cat Management on this deal, which will be an excellent addition to the group’s portfolio and is well aligned with the team’s management expertise.

“The deal is one of 26 to be completed by the firm in the last six months, with an accumulative value surpassing £50 million. It is not only a very positive signal of buoyancy in the deals market, but is testament to our credentials as an experienced team of corporate lawyers.”

SAS Daniels LLP, which has over 70 legal advisers, including 23 partners, operates out of offices in Stockport, Macclesfield, Chester and Congleton.

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