Linneaus Group’s Acquisition of Village Vet


Mishcon de Reya has advised long-standing client, Village Vet, on its sale to the Linneaus Group – a veterinary trade portfolio group backed by Sovereign Capital.

The sale included a partial re-investment into the Linneaus acquisition structure. Linneaus was chosen as preferred bidder as part of an auction process led by KPMG. The transaction involved Village Vet’s simultaneous acquisition of a multi-practice veterinary business which formed part of the group being sold to Linneaus.

Village Vet is a veterinary company offering both first opinion and referral work across North London, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire. Linnaeus Group is a veterinary services group which includes two of the UK’s leading specialist veterinary centres for small animals, Willows Veterinary Centre and Referral Service and North Downs Specialist Referrals (NDSR). Following the sale, Linnaeus Group will have 57 sites, making it the fourth largest operator in the UK and consolidating its position as a leading veterinary services provider. Brendan Robinson, CEO & Founder of Village Vet, together with his fellow directors will continue to run and support the development of the business. Brendan will also join the Linnaeus Group board.

The Corporate team was led by Partners Larry Nathan (Picture) and Nadim Meer, who were assisted by Associates Sam Perkins, Tom Phillips and James Paterson and Trainees Humam Al-Jibouri and Clare Prower. The team also included members of the Tax, Employment, Property and Banking groups. Beside this team, Andrew Wolfin managed the parallel acquisition of A to Z Pets Limited.

Involved fees earner: Larry Nathan – Mishcon de Reya; Nadim Meer – Mishcon de Reya; Sam Perkins – Mishcon de Reya; James Paterson – Mishcon de Reya; Tom Phillips – Mishcon de Reya;

Law Firms: Mishcon de Reya;

Clients: Village Vet;