AWL expands its portfolio in the United Kingdom and Ireland


28 December 2017

Top 100 law firm Birketts has advised the shareholders of the AWL Group on its purchase of ICS Robotics and Automation Ltd, a robotic welding and automation specialist based in the UK. ICS will continue to operate under its own name and with its current management team as an independent entity within the AWL Group. The deal value was not disclosed.

ICS has been in the business of robotic welding and automation since 1989 and has customers from a wide range of industries including automotive, agricultural, medical and general manufacturing throughout the UK and Ireland. 

Birketts advised on all legal matters and the team was led by Andrew Wood (Head of Birketts’ Anglo Dutch desk) and Ed Savory (Corporate). Assistance was provided by a multi-disciplinary team that included Ben Clarke (Corporate), Vicki Mitman (Corporate), Paul Palik (Commercial), Karl Pocock (Tax), Sam Greenhalgh (Employment) and Laura Jones (Property). 

Pieter-Matthijs Fegel, CFO AWL, said: “Being advised by a law firm that has a dedicated Anglo Dutch desk was very advantageous. The team's knowledge and service was impressive and the insight and advice provided ensured that everything went according to plan.”

“I am delighted that we have been able to assist a major Dutch player in the robotic and automobile sector confirm their presence in the UK and strengthen their European Market share and look forward to watching their progress. We are seeing a number of Dutch companies who are now considering their priorities in the UK”, added Andrew Wood.

The content of this article is for general information only. For further information, please contact Andrew Wood or a member of Birketts' Anglo Dutch Advice Team.

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