Web-Hosting Group Returns To Midland Firms For Acquisition Advice

Two West Midlands-based professional services firms have advised on the multi-million-pound sale of a web-hosting company, after also advising on its management buyout two years ago.

Birmingham-based corporate finance advisers Orbis Partners and Black Country law firm George Green advised on the acquisition of Virtual Internet Limited by UK2 Group Limited, for an undisclosed amount.

Based in London, Virtual Internet specialises in providing web hosting and internet support services to large corporates and the public sector. It counts organisations such as Kenwood, the Royal Horticultural Society and Cobra Beer among its clients.

Via the OC Group it also provided internet and email communications with the Ellen MacArthur team boat BT, sailed by S├ębastien Josse in the 2009 Vendee Globe single-handed round-the-world yacht race.

At the time of the MBO we invested taking a 12 per cent equity stake in the business. I am delighted that our vision proved to be justified.

Chris Gregory, Partner

As shareholders, as well as advisers, we were better placed to provide on-going strategic advice to help grow the business and then execute a successful exit for the benefit of all parties.

Shah Zaki, Partner

UK2 Group is registered in Gibraltar and is the parent company of UK2.net and a number of other web hosting companies operating in both the UK and US. The group acquired Virtual Internet as it regards the organisation as a strategic fit for its UK market presence and offers the opportunity of building the VI.net service on both sides of the Atlantic.

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The statutory directors of Orbis Partners Ltd are Chris Gregory, James Grenfell, Gary Ecob and Shah Zaki.