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Whitehead Monckton’s corporate team have advised the shareholders of Abell Nepp Architects Limited in the sale of the company’s entire issued share capital to Buro Happold Engineers Limited.

Abell Nepp are London-based specialists in the planning and design of research, diagnostic and clinical research laboratories. With a reputation for being one of the leading laboratory designers in the UK, Abell Nepp have worked with world-leading national and international clients to design scientific facilities in the academic, commercial and institutional sectors operating in the biomedical, chemical, bioengineering and physics disciplines.

Buro Happold is an international, integrated consultancy of engineers, consultants and advisers with a presence in 31 locations worldwide, over 70 partners and over 2,000 employees.

Whitehead Monckton’s team was led by Haggai Peri who guided the sellers. Speaking of the sale, Haggai Peri said, “We are delighted to see this transaction complete successfully. This will enable the two firms to combine practices and deliver a seamless service to their clients, including specialist design of optimal environments for scientists, clinical specialists and technicians alongside integrated engineering services.”

Haggai added, “We have a long and successful track record of acting for independently owned and managed businesses in Kent and London which, having developed unrivalled expertise in their sector, then opt for integration into a larger corporate setting. Chris and Bruce have been wonderful to work with, and this deal is the result of their hard work and dedication. They have both accepted senior management positions with Buro Happold and we wish them every success in the future.”

Director and shareholder, Chris Abell said “Haggai Peri and the team at Whitehead Monckton dealt with the complexities of the legal process with professional competence and expertise. Always responding quickly with clear and helpful advice to assist our decision making, their commitment was invaluable.” Director and shareholder, Bruce Nepp added “Haggai continually strived to progress the transaction and resolve any issues applying a commercial approach and acting always in our best interest. All at Abell Nepp are delighted to now be part of Buro Happold and with Whitehead Monckton’s guidance have achieved all that we wanted for every stakeholder in the business.”


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