Newsquest Media Group Ltd.’s acquisition of CN Group


Womble Bond Dickinson has advised CN Group on its sale to Newsquest Media Group Ltd.

CN Group, which traces its roots in Cumbria back over 200 years, runs print, digital and event brands covering Cumbria, Northumberland, North Lancashire and the Scottish Borders through several award-winning publications including the News & Star, Cumberland News, Times & Star, In Cumbria, The Whitehaven News and the Hexham Courant.

The sale follows a targeted marketing of the business which identified Newsquest as the preferred buyer, and follows the sale in November 2017 of CN Group’s local radio stations, The Bay and Lakeland Radio, to Global Radio, a transaction on which Womble Bond Dickinson also advised.

The team at Womble Bond Dickinson was led by Corporate Partner Jamie Pass (picture) and included a large team including corporate lawyers Ben Butler, Iain Pritty, Oliver Rickett and Anna McGill, tax partner Jeremy Smith and Martin Poore and Naomi Jacques from the firm’s pensions team.

Involved fees earner: Jamie Pass – Womble Bond Dickinson; Ben Butler – Womble Bond Dickinson; Iain Pritty – Womble Bond Dickinson; Oliver Rickett – Womble Bond Dickinson; Anna McGill – Womble Bond Dickinson; Jeremy Smith – Womble Bond Dickinson; Naomi Jacques – Womble Bond Dickinson; Martin Poore – Womble Bond Dickinson;

Law Firms: Womble Bond Dickinson;

Clients: CN Group Limited;