Fire protection experts Xcell Misting sold to Johnson Controls


25 April 2022

Birketts has successfully advised the owners of fire safety experts Xcell Misting Ltd on their sale of the company to Johnson Controls.

Xcell Misting Ltd, based in Norfolk, is a fire protection company that provides an excellent range of products and solutions for their customers as well as an unrivalled service. Over the years, their client list has included the BBC, Facebook, RBS and the NHS.

Johnson Controls, founded in 1885, is a multinational company that provides transformative solutions for their client’s buildings, creating safer and smarter spaces. The company provides a range of expertise and products including optimisation of HVAC systems, fire maintenance and security support.

The Birketts colleagues working on this transaction were: Ed Savory, Macauley Alsford, Maisie Lee and Lorraine Porter (Corporate); Karl Pocock and Robbie Watson (Tax); Sam Greenhalgh and Ben Lewins (Employment); Andrew Ridout and Emily Mills (Property).

Graham Lewis of GLX Ltd also advised on this sale.

Andy Cooke, Operations and Technical Director of Xcell Misting Ltd said: "Johnson Controls is a fantastic buyer for Xcell, taking our services to an international market. This change has brought about an exciting range of opportunities for the company. The whole team at Birketts were understanding and efficient throughout this process, and were instrumental to the success of this project."

Reflecting on the deal, Ed Savory added: "As one of only two companies authorised to supply and install FOGTEC High Pressure Water Mist Systems in the UK, this sale recognises Xcell’s prestige in the industry. I am proud of the team here at Birketts for once again displaying exemplary service for our clients and providing the impeccable legal advice you can expect from the Corporate Team."