Corporate Finance

FRP deliver employee ownership for SSQ

Corporate Finance team advise on new structure for global law leader

Background

Global Law Talent, trading as SSQ, is an international group of companies providing leading legal search and recruitment consultancy services, through eight subsidiaries operating from 11 offices located across Europe, Asia, Africa and the Middle East. Founded in 2003, the London-headquartered group works with law firms and leading brands within commerce, industry and financial services. SSQ placed third in the Recruiter Hot 100 Companies 2021 index, and is the most consistent recruiter in the top echelons of the index over the past decade. Following a restructure, the shareholders wanted to explore their options for the business, and instructed FRP as lead advisers.

Action

FRP’s Corporate Finance team worked with the SSQ executive management to explore all the available options. Having reviewed and considered the various possibilities, it was clear that implementing an Employee Ownership Trust (EOT) would deliver the desired outcome for shareholders. It would also provide stability and a platform for continued growth for the company, and enable its c.90 employees to share in the potential financial rewards that an EOT structure facilitates and promotes.

Outcome

Our Corporate Finance team carried out a strategic review before designing the deal structure, creating a comprehensive financial model, drafting the Heads of Terms, and preparing a detailed share valuation for the directors and the Trustees of the EOT. The successful transaction provided an important milestone for the future of SSQ, creating an opportunity for continued growth and success of the business under a new ownership model.

The successful transaction creates an opportunity for continued growth and success of the business under a new ownership model. Dave Howes Corporate Finance

Related team

Dave Howes

Dave Howes

  • Partner
  • Corporate Finance
  • Norwich

James Cooper

James Cooper

  • Director
  • Corporate Finance
  • Norwich