Rockworth advises on successful exit for shareholders of Aspect Ecology
The terrestrial ecology consultancy has been acquired by the fast-growing APEM Group.
Based in Banbury, Oxfordshire, Aspect Ecology provides a range of ecological consultancy services connected to the planning process for building and development projects. The company works primarily with residential property developers and strategic land promoters, but also has clients across sectors including leisure, commercial property, infrastructure and renewable energy.
APEM is a global environmental consultancy business, backed by private equity firm Westbridge. With its roots in marine and water ecology, the APEM business has expanded significantly in recent years through both organic growth and strategic acquisitions.
The acquisition of Aspect significantly strengthens APEM’s terrestrial ecology capabilities. It will support the group’s continued expansion into the infrastructure and built environment markets. Aspect’s depth of expertise in regulatory areas such as Biodiversity Net Gain will also be of real value to APEM’s existing clients.
The Aspect transaction is APEM’s third acquisition in recent months. In June 2023, it acquired Macro Works, an Irish landscape and visual consultancy firm. And in July, APEM acquired NASH Maritime, a shipping, navigation and maritime risk consultancy.
Rockworth acted as lead adviser to the founders and shareholders of Aspect Ecology. We are delighted to have facilitated the sale to APEM, and we look forward to seeing the business go from strength to strength with the group.