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PDM funds have provided financing for Palamon-backed Simplify Group's acquisition of My Home Move

26 February 2019

Palamon Capital Partners (“Palamon”), a pan-European growth investor, today announced that portfolio company Simplify Group (“Simplify”) has signed an agreement to acquire My Home Move. The businesses will be combined under the group name Simplify to become the largest conveyancing services business in the UK. My Home Move owners Smedvig Capital will continue to hold a significant minority stake in the business.

Palamon invested in Simplify Group in 2014 on the basis that regulatory changes in the UK legal services market had created a significant opportunity for scale players to form and build market share through the creation of new technology-enhanced conveyancing service delivery. Despite a period of significant market consolidation, the £2 billion conveyancing sector remains highly fragmented with most conveyancing work still carried out by lawyer-owned high street consumer law firms.

The combination of Simplify Group and My Home Move, two of the leading platforms in the market, has compelling strategic rationale. Together the two groups will leverage their complementary strengths to build on the services they currently provide to customers and partners:

• Largest conveyancing delivery business in the UK, bigger than the next five players combined, processing more than 130,000 conveyancing cases per year. The combined entity is the #1 player both in the traditional market and in the fast-growing online market
• Best-in-class technology-led service proposition
• Highly diversified customer and channel mix, coupled with a distributed national footprint
• Established M&A track record in a highly fragmented and consolidating market
In addition to giving introduces and customers access to the largest and most technologically advanced platform in the sector, the merger of Simplify Group and My Home Move will create a £175 million EV business. Following the transaction, David Grossman, CEO of Simplify Group will lead the Company.

In addition to giving introducers and customers access to the largest and most technologically advanced platform in the sector, the merger of Simplify Group and My Home Move will create a £175 million EV business. Following the transaction, David Grossman, CEO of Simplify Group will lead the Company.

Phil Arbour, Partner of Palamon said:

“The transaction creates the market-leading provider of conveyancing delivery in the UK, and we are delighted to have been able to finance the acquisition with the support of funds advised by Permira Debt Managers who provided the acquisition financing, and HSBC who will be the RCF provider and who have supported Simplify since Palamon’s original investment in 2014.”

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