Blake Morgan advise Compass Recruitment Solutions on its investment from Cow Corner


Posted on 16th April 2024

Blake Morgan has advised the shareholders of Compass Recruitment Solutions on the significant investment from Cow Corner, a private equity firm investing in UK based services and software businesses.

Compass Recruitment Solutions is a highly respected and multi award winning recruitment solutions business focused on companies and investors across the healthcare, health & social care and life sciences markets in the UK and increasingly internationally. Founded in 2010 by Sam Leighton-Smith, Mike Jeffreys and Chris Russell and head-quartered in Portsmouth, with offices in Manchester, London and Raleigh in USA, Compass employs 150 people. Compass provides a full integrated service offering from retained executive search through to the recruitment of skilled managers and head office appointments, operating through its well-known brands of Compass Executive, Compass Associates, Carrot Recruitment and Compass Corporate Services.

The team from Blake Morgan, led by Corporate Partner Mat Wilson, comprised of experts from the leading award winning law firm’s corporate, tax, employment and banking teams, who are well known for advising on mid-market private equity backed transactions.

Blake Morgan worked alongside corporate finance adviser James Cowper Kreston and tax adviser Freestone Jacobs.

Sam Leighton-Smith, Group Managing Director of Compass Recruitment Solutions commented:

We are absolutely thrilled to welcome Cow Corner as a shareholder and strategic partner to Compass. Our new partnership with Cow Corner brings wider support and exciting opportunities for the group that we couldn’t facilitate at pace before. Working with them on the deal itself was a real pleasure and their unique style has enabled us to develop a great professional and friendly relationship to build on across our next chapter. Additionally, working again with our trusted lawyers Blake Morgan, Mat Wilson and the team have been exceptional and we look forward to continuing to work with them on future projects.

Mat Wilson, who led on the deal for Blake Morgan commented: “Having advised Compass Recruitment Solutions on their maiden acquisition last year, we are delighted to have worked again with the Compass team on this deal and achieve the founders’ desired outcome in welcoming Cow Corner as a strategic investor and ongoing partner to support the group in delivering its’ growth strategy. We look forward to continuing to work with the Compass team and Cow Corner as they implement their business plan to further expand the business across the health, social care and life sciences markets.”

Blake Morgan has significant expertise in mergers and acquisitions (M&A) and private equity across all market sectors and advises prominent businesses and individuals in the UK and globally on all legal aspects including sales and purchases, new fundraisings and investments, institutional lending and other complementary areas such as financing, real estate, employment and regulatory.

The M&A team and Private Equity team works closely with other specialists in each of the complementary areas within the firm to provide clients with a comprehensive and integrated service.

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