Brake specialist changes hands in management buyout


Shorts recently teamed up with Wake Smith and HSBC to act as lead advisors, legal representatives and funders on the management buy-out of automotive aftermarket braking products specialists, Juratek Ltd.

Founded in 1995, Juratek supplies automotive aftermarket braking products from its head office in Doncaster. The £16m turnover company employs more than 50 people and distributes around the world.

Existing shareholder Matt Robinson (MD), Toby Whewell (Sales & Marketing Director), and Mark Clegg (Operations Director) have now taken full control after acquiring the remaining shareholding from outgoing Chairman Allan Hooks.

Andy Ryder, Corporate Finance Partner with Shorts, said: “It was a pleasure to assist Matt, Toby and Mark  to complete the buy-out of a business which they have been key to driving over recent times.”

Chris Alsop, Relationship Director at HSBC, added: “Juratek have gone from strength to strength and I’m confident that Matt and his team will take the business to the next level. I am pleased to have supported them in this buy-out’’

Wake Smith Corporate Finance Director Duncan Shepherd said “We advised Matt Robinson, the existing Juratek MD, on the MBO from Allan Hooks, together with putting in place a structure involving two new minority shareholders Mark Clegg and Toby Whewell which will enable Juratek to take the next step in its ongoing development.”

Matt Robinson added: “We are delighted to have completed the acquisition of Juratek Ltd and have exciting plans to continue the growth of the company both in the UK and overseas markets.  The company has seen a sustained period of growth and transition in the past 5 years and we are well placed to take advantage of the opportunities open to us.  I was keen for Mark and Toby to join me in the management buyout, between us we have over 70 years’ experience in the Automotive Aftermarket, yet we also retain the energy and passion needed to drive the company to even greater success.”

Allan Hooks said: “I have seen Juratek grow and develop into a well-respected aftermarket company both in the UK and Europe. Its’ commitment to quality in all areas of its business remain paramount to its trading ethos. After 20 years with the company I believe it is time for me to hand over the reins to the management team led by Matt Robinson, in whom I have full confidence.”