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Shoosmiths advises on the sale of FWD Training and Consultancy to Davies Group

UK law firm Shoosmiths has advised the shareholders of FWD Training & Consultancy on its sale to Davies Group, an international consulting group for an undisclosed sum.

FWD is a specialist provider of professional and apprenticeship training for the UK financial services industry.

Corporate partner Sanjeev Sharma advised on the sale along with senior associate, Michal Freeman-Shor; solicitor, Matt Douglas; tax associate, Caroline Airey; employment partner, Jonathan Naylor and employment solicitor, Rachel Mulvany.

Sanjeev Sharma said: “We are delighted to have advised on this sale as FWD embarks on its next phase of growth. We wish the parties all the best for the exciting next chapter.”

Director of FWD, Marcus Bowsher said: “Thank you to the Shoosmiths team for your fantastic support during the recent acquisition process. It is a big challenge for business owners to juggle business and deal priorities whilst also getting to grips with legal requirements and terminology. The team demonstrated patience and flexibility throughout and I would like to thank Sanjeev for his considered and balanced advice at various key points in the negotiations, through to a very successful conclusion.”

FWD’s directors Austen Basleigh, Alison Bate and Marcus Bowsher will continue to lead FWD and the business will now become part of a new learning solutions arm within Davies Group.

Headquartered in London, Davies Group has a 2,000-strong team of professionals who work across claims, insurance, technology and consulting within regulated markets in the UK, Ireland, Bermuda, Canada and the USA.

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