20 December 2018 | Firm news | Article by Gerallt Jones
A team from Hugh James, led by partners Gerallt Jones and Peter Hurn, has advised longstanding client Walters Group on the sale of its Land Rover dealership in Hay-on-Wye. The business was acquired by the Sinclair Group, Wales’s largest franchised car retailer.
The acquisition adds another premium brand to Sinclair Group’s portfolio which includes Audi, Mercedes-Benz, SEAT, Skoda, smart, Volkswagen Cars and Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles in 20 dealership locations across South Wales. All 35 staff from Likes have transferred into the Sinclair Group, adding to its already 950 strong workforce.
Dai Walters, chairman of the Walters Group, said:
“Since purchasing Likes in 2009, we have established it as one of the top ranking Land Rover dealerships in the UK. We are delighted that Sinclair, as a local family run Welsh-based company, has acquired the business and we know that their expertise will ensure the business goes from strength to strength.
“I wish Andy Sinclair and his team all the very best for the future.”
He added “I would also like to thank our team from Hugh James for their support in helping us to conclude this deal. As always, their advice and guidance was invaluable.”
Gerallt Jones, head of corporate/commercial at Hugh James, said:
“We are very proud to have worked with Dai and his team at Walters Group for many years across their diverse portfolio of commercial activities. We are also delighted to have been part of a deal between two fantastic Welsh businesses which will see both of them benefit in terms of their respective commercial strategies.”