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Clarke Willmott advises on accountancy firm merger

Our corporate team have advised on the merger of Winchester-based accountancy firm Martin and Company with fellow accountants Shaw Gibbs.

Martin and Company, which also has offices in Thame in Oxfordshire and Liss in Hampshire, specialises in farming and agriculture, landed estates and private client work.

The merger represents Oxford headquartered Shaw Gibbs’s sixth M&A deal since 2023. This activity has resulted in a 400 person-strong practice based across ten offices in the UK, having also secured a £10 million investment from Apiary Capital last year.

Richard Swain, corporate partner at Clarke Willmott in Southampton, advised Martin and Company on all corporate aspects of the deal, assisted by associate Hollie Blackwood Fisher.

Seamus McLaughlin, partner at Martin and Company, said: “Joining forces with Shaw Gibbs allows us to leverage their extensive resources and expertise while retaining the personalised approach and deep client relationships that have been the hallmark of Martin and Company for over 50 years.”

Shaw Gibbs chief executive Peter O’Connell added: “Martin and Company’s reputation for excellence and commitment to client success perfectly complements our values and mission. Together, we will continue to deliver the high-quality services and innovative solutions our clients expect, while expanding our reach to better serve businesses, estates and individuals throughout the region.

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