Transaction

Clearwater advises Waterland Private Equity on its investment in imc Group

Transaction

Waterland Private Equity raised debt finance from LGT Capital Partners to support the acquisition of IMC Group

Acquisition finance

Undisclosed

Role

Adviser to Waterland Private Equity on raising debt finance from LGT Capital Partners to support the acquisition of imc group

Sector

Business Services
Healthcare

Region

United Kingdom

Clearwater’s debt advisory team has advised Waterland Private Equity (Waterland) on raising debt finance from LGT Capital Partners to support the acquisition of integrated medhealth communication group (imc), Barclays Bank have provided working capital facilities.

Established in 2006, imc provides healthcare communication and medical affairs support to over 50 pharmaceutical, biotech, vaccine, device and diagnostic companies globally. This includes 8 of the 20 largest drug companies in the world such as AstraZeneca and Takeda. imc’s service offering includes medical communication, interactive digital and virtual, creative marketing, customer insights and patient engagement; collectively, these are aimed at enriching the lives of patients through human centric programmes that inform decisions to improve health. imc has offices in London, Cambridge (UK), Toronto, Boston and Cairo and a highly qualified employee base of 100 people.

imc’s underlying markets are expected to grow at circa 9 per cent pa as an ageing population boosts demand for new drug treatments and R&D investment is supported by increasing regulation and outsourcing. This in turn is boosting demand for effective healthcare communications.

The investment from Waterland will enable imc to expand its global footprint through a buy-and-build strategy with significant follow-on funding available to acquire and build out communications, digital and consulting agencies across the UK, North America and EMEA. The investment will also be used to add further capabilities and service offerings, further enhancing the group’s existing digital and technology capabilities.

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I am really excited to be able to continue the successful imc group journey with Waterland as a partner. The investment will allow us to accelerate my ambition of building a truly global, independent healthcare communication agency group that provides clients with a diverse range of service offerings across the entire life cycle of a pharmaceutical product as well as offering best-in-class initiatives aimed at improving patient outcomes. With the current unprecedented circumstances, we will work closely with Waterland to ensure that imc’s digital and virtual capabilities are market-leading and support the educational needs of healthcare professional and patients alike. I am thoroughly looking forward to taking imc to the next level with Waterland.

Shairose Ebrahim, Co-Founder, President and CEO, imc Group
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We are delighted to announce our partnership with imc. The Clearwater team clearly understood our objective and applied great skill and expertise to deliver another strong outcome which will enable the future growth plans for the business. imc has a clear vision for the next phase of growth; digital solutions and acquisitions will play an important part and we will shortly be announcing some more exciting news in this regard.

Dominic Graham, Senior Investment Manager, Waterland Private Equity

We are delighted to have worked alongside Waterland regarding this latest investment. imc is an exciting business to add to the Waterland portfolio and is now in a great position for further growth, we look forward to tracking its future success. More importantly, it shows that the debt markets are open to support strong businesses and exciting opportunities.

Tom Barnwell, Director, Clearwater

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