DWF advises Capita on acquisition of Pervasive Networks

The Glasgow corporate team of national legal business DWF has advised Capita plc on its acquisition of Pervasive Limited, an IT solutions provider specialising in enterprise wireless networks, mobility and ‘bring your own device’ solutions. The business will sit within Capita IT Enterprise Services as part of the Technology Solutions division.

Pervasive Networks has a large client base across a range of sectors including further and higher education, local government and health services. It is the leading partner in Europe, Middle East and Africa for networking provider Aruba Networks which has recently been acquired by HP. The business currently has 76 employees with key sites in Newbury and Manchester. Capita’s acquisition of the IT solutions provider will give its Technology Solutions Division its fifth specialist business unit focussed on mobility whilst further boosting capability within storage, compute and security obtained through its recent acquisitions of Solid State Solutions (S3) and IT security reseller Network Technology Solutions.

Recent transactions in the IT sector on which DWF’s corporate team have advised Capita include: its acquisition of geospatial solutions business Sigma Seven, the £80m acquisition of network services provider Updata Infrastructure (UK) Limited and the £57.5m acquisition of technology-based car parking services provider ParkingEye.

Corporate associate at DWF Tom Maxwell who was on the DWF team advising on the acquisition commented: “We are pleased to be working with Capita on another strategic acquisition that will no doubt allow it to offer even greater value and breadth and depth of services to its clients”.

Corporate partner at DWF Paul Pignatelli added: “The corporate team at DWF has seen significant growth this year having worked on a number of high profile deals and working with Capita again confirms that we’re investing in the right areas and bringing on partners who can help us deliver a high level of service to key clients.”

Tax partner Ronnie Brown and corporate solicitor Gemma Gallagher were members of the core DWF team on the deal. DWF was recently named one of the most active advisers in the UK and Ireland M&A market in an independent report by Experian, and the team has recently expanded with the appointment of Patrick Eaton from K&L Gates, Richard Britain from Ince & Co and Christian Francis from DLA Piper.

Corporate partner Emma Gibson and solicitor Rob Pook at Shoosmiths acted for the vendors.

Paul Pignatelli

Partner - Executive Partner Glasgow

I am the Executive Partner for Glasgow and a partner specialising primarily in corporate finance but with a strong track record also on sporting matters.