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03 March 2014

Speechly Bircham advises the Civica Group on the acquisition of Coldharbour Systems Limited

This article was written prior to the formation of Charles Russell Speechlys, through the merger between Charles Russell and Speechly Bircham.

Speechly Bircham has advised the Civica Group (an investee company of OMERS Private Equity) on its acquisition of Coldharbour Systems Limited, the care industry software provider.

Coldharbour Systems, based in Bristol, specialises in application software and related services for the UK care sector. It is a respected provider of financial, accounting, staff and care management systems, with more than 160 customers across residential, community, nursery and health care services.

The Civica Group has a successful history of acquiring and integrating businesses with complementary expertise and technology to support areas of increasing emphasis. The two companies have a successful record of working together at major customers including The Priory, RVS and Four Seasons Healthcare, with Civica's electronic document management software a key component of Coldharbour's e-Compliance solution.

The Speechlys core team comprised Malcolm MacDougall and Holly Sage, on the corporate side, and Robert Birchall on the tax side. Mark Bailey and Laura Bruin dealt with IP and teams from property and employment were also involved.