Hogan Lovells Advises Hawksford on Key Trust Acquisition

LONDON, 12 February 2013 - Hogan Lovells has advised long-standing client Hawksford International on the acquisition of Key Trust, a trust and corporate services provider. The deal completed on 8 February 2013 for an undisclosed sum.

Hawksford is a leading independent wealth structuring company specialising in preserving and enhancing wealth. It was established in October 2008 following a management buyout of Rathbone Trust Company Jersey Limited, backed by UK private equity company Dunedin, on which Hogan Lovells also advised.

Key Trust was part of the Key Group, and has been delivering personalised wealth management and administration for high net worth clients and their professional advisers since 2000.

The acquisition forms a significant part of the company’s growth strategy and follows its recent expansion into Jersey and the Middle East. This is the third acquisition on which Hogan Lovells has advised Hawksford, having acted for the group on the acquisition of trust and corporate services provider Trustcorp Jersey Limited in January 2012; and again in August 2011, when Hawksford acquired Swiss firm L-S&S GmbH, a boutique private client law firm founded in Zurich which provides advice on wealth planning and structuring, using international and offshore trusts, private trust companies and other asset-holding structures.

The Hogan Lovells team advising Hawksford was led by Co-Head of private equity Alan Greenough, supported by Of Counsel Amanda Onions and associate Suzy Penney.

Commenting on the transaction, Alan said:

"This is the third bolt on deal on which we have advised Hawksford International as part of their buy and build strategy, and an acquisition that will help our client grow its services and international reach to meet the demands for expertise in key jurisdictions".

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