Iain O'Kane and Chris Harthman shake hands on a deal on the sale of GCC Group to Xperience.

Russell-Cooke advises on sale of GCC Group to create SME digital solutions powerhouse

Peter Jeffery
Peter Jeffery
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Russell-Cooke’s corporate and commercial team has advised GCC Group, a leading business applications solutions (ERP and CRM) and managed IT services provider, on the sale of the company to digital solutions specialist Xperience. The transaction creates one of the UK’s largest SME digital solution providers, with over 230 employees. 

GCC provides UK SMEs with cutting edge IT services and IT solutions, leveraging the best technologies for business intelligence and workplace transformation, including cloud-based solutions. The company supports over 600 clients in complementary sectors to Xperience including not for profit, professional services, wholesale, distribution and financial services. 

The Russell-Cooke team who advised on the deal was led by partner Peter Jeffery. Peter advised the GCC leadership team, including chief executive, Chris Harthman, throughout the sale process, from assisting with the Heads of Terms agreements and due diligence to negotiating the Sale Agreement and obtaining third-party consent.

GCC Group has established itself over 30 years, and in particular under Chris Harthman’s leadership since 2006, as a leading provider of business applications and IT services to some of the highest growth SMEs in the UK. Chris and the team undertook a meticulous process to find the right company to join forces with, safeguarding GCC’s values and providing the best possible platform for the business to take the next step forwards. The sale to Xperience accomplishes this. We are very pleased to have assisted Chris and GCC on this journey and its successful culmination.
Peter Jeffery
Peter Jeffery • Partner
Peter and the team at Russell-Cooke know our business and industry inside out and this, combined with their experience advising on sales of specialised tech businesses helped put us on the best footing possible to bring this complex deal to fruition. Russell-Cooke has been a steadfast partner to us, with their advice adding real value across this deal from its initial stages through to final completion.
Chris Harthman • Chief executive • GCC Group

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