Roythornes advises on sale of anaerobic digestion plant to Macquarie

December 3, 2019

Roythornes Solicitors has advised the co-founders of leading biogas producer BioCow in a major deal that saw Macquarie Capital Principal Finance (Macquarie) acquire a majority stake in the company.

The acquisition, which completed at the start of November for an undisclosed sum, will see BioCow use the investment to expand its existing operations in Cambridgeshire. It will also enable the firm to complete the UK’s first biomethane injection point into the national transmission grid.

Roythornes Solicitors played a crucial part in ensuring the major anaerobic digestion company was in a viable position for acquisition by Macquarie.

Mike Matthews, partner at Roythornes, said: “We have so many fantastic clients such as the founders of Biocow; it really was an honour to be involved in the deal. This, like so many deals, had its own complexities involving pre-sale restructuring, complex finance structuring and a joint venture but working alongside Macquarie’s advisors we achieved a fantastic result for all parties.”

BioCow uses anaerobic digestion to create energy from agricultural waste to produce biomethane. This can then be used as a green transport fuel as well as to heat homes and businesses across the UK.

Macquarie’s investment stems from a growing demand for green gas. Biogas will play an important role in the country’s future energy mix, helping to lower the carbon impact of domestic heating and agricultural processes, as well as to improve the UK’s energy security.

Derek Burgoyne, co-founder and director of BioCow, commented: “We cannot thank Roythornes enough for the help and support they provided during this transaction. This was a once in a lifetime experience for John and I, and the team at Roythornes were fantastic, guiding us through what was a very difficult and all-consuming process.

“I have recent experience instructing one of the largest city law firms but Roythornes were able to provide the same level of service and were an incredibly agile and pragmatic team. We are entering a very exciting new chapter of our lives.”

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