Andy Parker
25 November '20

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By combining their corporate finance support with transactional tax advice from the wider CP team, Cooper Parry Corporate Finance have added another successful deal to their ever-growing tally since the start of lockdown.

This time, they advised the shareholders of Ross Trustees as it secured investment from leading mid-market private equity investor, LDC.

Founded in 2010 by Steven Ross, Ross Trustees provides professional trustee services to UK-based defined benefit pensions schemes.

Today, Ross Trustees supports more than 100 pensions schemes, with asset values ranging from £1m to £6bn and, as the pensions sector faces increased regulatory requirements, demand for its services is rising.

LDC has backed the existing management team at Ross Trustees which is ideally placed to take advantage of this demand, and its investment will support the future development of the company’s service and team.

Steven Ross, Founder at Ross Trustees, said:

“What really impressed us about the team from Cooper Parry is the speed with which they recognised the value in our business and their knowledge of the private equity market. We always thought that Ross Trustees would be an excellent business for private equity investment. Cooper Parry’s Corporate Finance team tailored the sale process to cope with the extraordinary conditions of lockdown and worked seamlessly with my management team to deliver a result of which we can all be very proud.”

Nigel Moore, CEO at Ross Trustees, said:

“The changing regulatory landscape in the pensions sector, as well as increased corporate activity and business restructuring, is driving demand for our professional trustee services. Partnering with LDC will help the business to grow more rapidly to meet this demand. It will also help us to further expand our products and services as we continue to support more pension schemes and their members.”

Andy Parker, Partner at Cooper Parry Corporate Finance, added:

“Steven Ross had the vision to create this business ten years ago and assembled a management team capable of taking it forward. I’m really pleased that the brilliant team at Ross Trustees has found an investor that will help them accelerate the growth the company has been able to achieve up to now. They have worked tirelessly in the lockdown conditions, not only to grow their business but also to complete this transaction.”