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    Eversheds Sutherland advises John Guest Holdings’ shareholders on its sale to Reliance Worldwide Corporation

    Eversheds Sutherland has advised the shareholders of John Guest Holdings – a leading British engineering company with a global reach – on its £687 million sale to Reliance Worldwide Corporation (RWC). The transaction was announced on 24 May.

    John Guest is a British engineering company and a global leader in plastic push to connect technology. The family owned company is one of Europe’s biggest suppliers of plastic fittings for the engineering and plumbing sector.

    The Eversheds Sutherland core team was led by M&A Partner, Chris Halliday and included Wyn Jones, Legal Director; Lee Harris, Senior Associate; Hannah Kaye, Associate and Richard Hughes, trainee solicitor.

    Wider support was provided by Eversheds Sutherlands’ Partners Elizabeth Graves (employment); Ben Jones (tax) and Iftkhar Ahmed (real estate); Legal Director Jane Southworth (environmental); Senior Associates Brendan Moran (Tax) and Richard Buxton (environmental) and Associate Rachel Stubbs (employment).

    Robert Guest commented:

    “We have been thoroughly impressed by the whole Eversheds Sutherland team, which was very ably led by Chris. The team provided clear and timely guidance on a wide range of matters and have been a pleasure to deal with throughout.”

    Chris Halliday commented:

    “We are delighted to have advised the shareholders on their successful sale of John Guest to RWC. This was a transaction that enabled us to demonstrate the very best of what Eversheds Sutherland has to offer its clients – the ability to deliver a significant global M&A transaction, with full-service specialist support across multiple jurisdictions, combined with in-depth sector knowledge and understanding.”

    The Eversheds Sutherland team also drew on the legal capability and experience of its colleagues in France, Germany, Spain, the Czech Republic, Poland and Italy to ensure the successful outcome.

    Herbert Smith Freehills acted as legal advisers for RWC.

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