Partner Gareth O’Hara and Associate Mike Linford of the Wilkes Corporate team have advised Johnsons Cars on their continued expansion with the acquisition of the T H White Motor Group. Mark Hodgson, Partner in the Real Estate department, provided property support for the transaction.
The acquisition encompasses a Fiat Chrysler Automobile (FCA) dealership in Hillmead, Swindon, which sells and services cars and commercial vehicles across the range of FCA brands – Fiat, Fiat Commercial, Chrysler, Alfa Romeo, Abarth and Jeep.
Johnsons Cars is one of England’s largest independent dealership groups, with branches across the country, from Berkshire to the Northwest with 38 showrooms. The acquisition, follows on from the acquisition of four dealerships at the end of 2017 and adds two new brands Jeep and Fiat Commercial to the Johnsons automobile brand offering.
Gareth O’Hara, Managing Partner and Head of the Corporate Team said: “We were delighted to advise Johnsons Cars on their acquisition of the T H White Motor Group. As a firm, we have a longstanding relationship with Johnsons looking after their legal requirements generally. Johnsons continues to go from strength to strength and we look forward to working with them again on future acquisitions.”
Mike Berwick, Operations Director at Johnsons Cars commented: “We greatly appreciate the relationship with Gareth, Mike, Mark and their team as their combined understanding of the retail car business coupled with the obvious legal experience delivered pragmatic solutions and an efficient completion to this acquisition”.
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