Onecom’s £100 Million Funding


Osborne Clarke has advised the management team of Onecom on a £100 million funding package from mid-market private equity firm LDC and credit funds managed by an affiliate of Ares Management Corporation (NYSE: ARES) to help support organic and acquisitive growth.

Onecom is the UK’s largest independent business telecommunications provider. It currently manages nearly 100,000 business customers, delivering communication services and unified solutions across fixed line voice, connectivity and cloud computing to some of the UK’s most dynamic companies. These include Farrow & Ball, Thwaites, Celtic Manor and 118 UK Ltd.

Headquartered in Fareham, Hampshire, the business has doubled its revenues over the last five years. It employs 400 people across 10 regional offices and its partners include Samsung, Apple, Gamma, Mitel and Virtual1. It is also a major partner of Vodafone, and last month they announced a five-year deal together that will be worth up to £600 million in revenue.

Onecom’s management team led by Ben Dowd were advised by corporate Partner and Head of Business Transactions Group Greg Leyshon (Picture) and Associate Director Pippa Byrne.

Involved fees earner: Pippa Byrne – Osborne Clarke; Greg Leyshon – Osborne Clarke;

Law Firms: Osborne Clarke;

Clients: Onecom;