Thursfields advises on sale of major ecological consultancy | Corporate law

Thursfields Solicitors has advised on another major deal – the sale of Biocensus in Bath, an ecological consultancy business, to RSK Group Ltd for an undisclosed sum.

The deal follows hard on the heels of the sale of Amvar Group to Dunstall Holdings Ltd.

The sale was advised by Thursfields’ corporate team led by Director Gareth Burge, assisted by Joe Rollins.

Gareth Burge said: “Biocensus was established in 2002 and has built a network of highly skilled and experienced ecologists that advise on a wide range of projects, with the emphasis on the impact of large infrastructure developments.

The sale to RSK, an integrated environmental, engineering and technical services consultancy, will enable the business to continue to grow, and we were very pleased to be asked to advise on the deal.”

Dr Stephanie Way, Chair of the Board of Biocensus, said: “We are delighted to be joining RSK at this exciting time for UK infrastructure projects.

The discipline of ecology has never been more in demand or high profile in the delivery of sustainable development.

I believe that the combination of RSK’s large team of in-house ecologists and Biocensus’s unrivalled supplier network will be game changing.”

RSK’s Founder and Chief Executive Officer Alan Ryder said: “Biocensus’s team of passionate ecologists offers a pragmatic and high quality ecological resource and helps clients to achieve their development objectives”.

A recent example of Biocensus’s work was on the East West Rail project where a team of ten expert consultants was rapidly assembled to work closely with the client’s project team and ensure on-time delivery of the environmental statement.

Biocensus regularly supplies team of 40-plus active ecologists from its network of more than 700 UK-based consultants.

The existing Biocensus ecological services will merge with RSK’s ecological division to form RSK Biocensus. Dr Wray will lead the integrated business.

The shareholders of Biocensus were advised on the sale by Thursfields, with Edwards Veeder providing tax and accounting advice. Memery Crystal advised RSK.

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