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3 January, 2018 - 13:43 By Kate Sweeney

Birketts advises Dutch client in UK robotics deal

East of England law firm Birketts has advised the shareholders of the AWL Group on its purchase of ICS Robotics and Automation Ltd, a robotic welding and automation specialist based in the UK.

ICS will continue to operate under its own name and with its current management team as an independent entity within the AWL Group. The deal value was not disclosed.

ICS has been in the business of robotic welding and automation since 1989 and has customers from a wide range of industries including automotive, agricultural, medical and general manufacturing throughout the UK and Ireland.

Birketts advised on all legal matters and the team was led by Andrew Wood (head of Birketts’ Anglo Dutch desk) and Ed Savory (Corporate). 

Assistance was provided by a multi-disciplinary team that included Ben Clarke (Corporate), Vicki Mitman (Corporate), Paul Palik (Commercial), Karl Pocock (Tax), Sam Greenhalgh (Employment) and Laura Jones (Property).
 
Pieter-Matthijs Fegel, CFO of AWL, said: “Being advised by a law firm that has a dedicated Anglo Dutch desk was very advantageous. The team's knowledge and service was impressive and the insight and advice provided ensured that everything went according to plan.”

Birketts’ Andrew Wood added: “I am delighted that we have been able to help a major Dutch player in the robotic and automobile sector confirm their presence in the UK and strengthen their European Market share and look forward to watching their progress.

“We are seeing a number of Dutch companies who are now considering their priorities in the UK.”

• PHOTOGRAPH SHOWS: Andrew Wood, Birketts

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