Mike Norrie of Castle Corporate Finance advises Swift Alarms Group on the acquisition of Crimewave Solutions Ltd

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Award winning Castle Corporate Finance has advised Goudhurst-based security group, Swift Alarms, on the acquisition of Crimewave Solutions, a Bedfordshire-based provider of CCTV, intruder alarms and investigation services to national retail and leisure sectors.

Crimewave was established 11 years ago by managing director, Justin Hammond, who remains with Swift Group to further develop the business. The company’s electronic security services are backed up by an experienced and discreet in-house security investigations team, staffed by former serving police officers.

Castle led negotiations for Swift Alarms Group and structured the deal, which was completed within 12 weeks from the first meeting of parties.

“We saw Crimewave as being a perfect fit for Swift, the deal negotiations were intense but most satisfying in that all parties wanted a prompt completion – 12 weeks from start to completion is indeed a swift conclusion,” says Castle director, Mike Norrie.

It was very much a West Kent transaction, with solicitors Warners (Jonathan Roberts) and accountants Lindeyer Francis Ferguson (John Francis) also being retained by Swift.

Crimewave is the second acquisition managed by Castle for Swift, following the purchase of fire protection specialist Safyre in 2008.

Swift Alarms Group chairman, Roger Rawlings, adds: “Mike kept his foot hard down on the deal accelerator and promptly dealt with all challenges in a constructive and positive manner. We at Swift are excited at the national expansion prospects Crimewave can deliver for the whole group.”

Notes to editors:

  • Tonbridge-based Castle Corporate Finance is a multi-disciplinary team that delivers a personal and professional service to businesses across the UK and overseas which are considering significant structural change, such as a sale or growth by acquisition.
  • Castle Corporate Finance is headed up by directors Mike Norrie and Colin Harvey.
  • Mike is a Chartered Accountant and holds the Institute’s Corporate Finance Qualification. He has specialised in corporate finance for more than 25 years. His focus is in strategic advice to owner managers and the negotiation and structuring of acquisition and disposal transactions. Mike was recently awarded Dealmaker of the Year and Corporate Finance Adviser of the Year at the Insider South East Dealmakers Awards 2012.

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