Trethowans support for Mark Allen Group in acquisition of agricultural brands

Dec 6, 2023

Trethowans support for Mark Allen Group in acquisition of agricultural brands

The Corporate team at Trethowans Solicitors recently advised the Mark Allen Group in relation to the acquisition of several agricultural brands from Lewis Business Media, including Pig World, Poultry Business, Agronomist & Arable Farmer, Farm Contractor & Large Scale Farmer, Weekly Tribune and the newly launched event, Women in Agriculture.

Mark Allen was founded in 1985 and its group provides publications, digital products and events to specialist business and consumer communities.

This recent transaction is the latest of five acquisitions that the Trethowans team have assisted Mark Allen with in the last 18 months. Other transactions have included the acquisition of:

·                   The Glazing Summit

·                   EMEX – the Net Zero & Energy Management Expo

·                   The UK and Asia based assets of the wealth management publishing company, Bonhill plc for £6.5 million.

·                   Sterling Events

Jonathan Sherman, a Senior Associate in the Corporate team in Bournemouth led on all five transactions and said: “It’s been a real pleasure to work with Ben and the team at Mark Allen on another successful acquisition. We have a fantastic, longstanding relationship and this latest transaction rounds off a busy couple of years which has seen us supporting them with several acquisitions. We look forward to seeing their continued future growth and helping them achieve their objectives.”

Ben Allen, the CEO of Mark Allen said: “Trethowans have, once again, provided us with first-class advice and client service on our latest acquisition.  I greatly enjoy working with Jonathan, who is a meticulous, diligent and commercially-minded lawyer.  Nothing is ever too much trouble for him and he will go above and beyond to ensure that a deal is delivered on time, to budget and with the best outcome for us, as his client.  I look forward to working with him and the rest of the Trethowans team on our next deal, which is never too far away!”

About Trethowans


Established over 150 years ago, Trethowans is one of The Times Best Law Firms 2023, a UK Top 150 law firm and one of the fastest growing law firms in the South of England, providing a comprehensive range of services for business and individual clients.

Trethowans has offices in Southampton, Salisbury, Poole, Bournemouth and Winchester. With a team of around 250 people (including over 40 partners), it works for major commercial clients such as Ladbrokes plc, Jewson, Pizza Hut, Nando’s, Britvic plc and Rowanmoor, to name but a few.

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