MBO of GBA Group backed by Towerbrook Capital Partners

Deal typeM&A
Sub-industryAutomotive & Transport & Logistics

GBA is the leading provider of end-to-end finished vehicle logistics to the automotive and shipping industries. Based in Grimsby, the business has been trading for over 30 years.

The company operates from 11 key portside and inland locations offering a range of services to vehicle OEMs and shipping lines. Services include factory line-off, vessel and terminal operations, storage and transportation, technical and pre-delivery inspection, and vessel agency and freight forwarding. GBA’s innovative and flexible solutions enable customers to maintain an efficient supply chain which has led to long-standing relationships of over 20 years with numerous manufacturers.

Towerbrook’s international network and significant experience in the automotive sector made it an attractive partner for GBA. The company is well positioned to capitalise on the exciting opportunities that continue to present themselves in the market.

BDO provided a full range of services from the outset of the transaction covering M&A lead advisory, financial modelling and tax.

We were delighted to work, on what was a very complex transaction, alongside the MBO team, to support them achieve a fantastic result with the support of the funding from Towerbrook. This is a real demonstration of how great businesses are able to develop and grow, even in a particularly hostile economic and political environment.

Duncan Lamb, Partner, BDO LLP