H.I.G.Capital and Vernacare’s Acquisition of Frontier Medical’s Infection Prevention Business

Sidley Austin LLP advised H.I.G. Capital and one of its portfolio companies, Vernacare on the deal.

H.I.G. Capital and one of its portfolio companies Vernacare completed the acquisition of the Infection Prevention business from Frontier Medical Group (who are backed by Kester Capital).

Infection Prevention includes the brands Sharpsafe, Clinisafe, and eXchange. The acquired businesses are industry leaders in the infection prevention market providing an extensive range of sharps and clinical waste disposal solutions. With a customer base across the UK and Europe, the business operates from its site in Blackwood, Wales.

Established in 1964, Vernacare is an industry-leading manufacturer of infection control systems. It has pioneered disposable toileting systems globally, offering patients hygienic care and provides healthcare institutions with efficient, cost-effective, and environmentally sound toileting and bathing solutions. With sales in over 60 countries, the business employs over 250 people across its UK headquarters in Chorley, its manufacturing plant in Bolton and its Canadian base in Toronto.

H.I.G. is a leading global private equity and alternative assets investment firm with over €34 billion of equity capital under management. Based in Miami, and with offices in New York, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Atlanta in the U.S., as well as international affiliate offices in London, Hamburg, Madrid, Milan, Paris, Bogotá, Rio de Janeiro, and São Paulo.

The Sidley team in London was led by Fatema Orjela (Picture), Peter Mabe and Jessica Edwards and included Jason Menzies, Laurence Wilcock, Marie Manley, Zina Chatzidimitriadou, Jade Williams-Adedeji and Jack Mayall, Peter McCorkell, Chris Morgan, Francesca Blythe, Vishnu Shankar, Jasmine Agyekum, Samantha Cumming.

Involved fees earner: Jasmine Agyekum – Sidley Austin LLP; Francesca Blythe – Sidley Austin LLP; Zina Chatzidimitriadou – Sidley Austin LLP; Samantha Cumming – Sidley Austin LLP; Jessica Edwards – Sidley Austin LLP; Peter Mabe – Sidley Austin LLP; Marie Manley – Sidley Austin LLP; Jack Mayall – Sidley Austin LLP; Peter McCorkell – Sidley Austin LLP; Jason Menzies – Sidley Austin LLP; Chris Morgan – Sidley Austin LLP; Fatema Orjela – Sidley Austin LLP; Vishnu Shankar – Sidley Austin LLP; Laurence Wilcock – Sidley Austin LLP; Jade Williams-Adedeji – Sidley Austin LLP;

Law Firms: Sidley Austin LLP;

Clients: H.I.G. Capital, LLC; Vernacare;