IBB Advises Accelerate Group Limited in Connection With Buyout of Webtrends Optimize Business From Webtrends Inc

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Adam Dowdney, Partner and head of IBB’s Corporate Commercial team, led the team advising Accelerate Group Limited (“Accelerate”) on its acquisition of the Webtrends Optimize business from Webtrends Inc. Webtrends Optimize is a dynamic website experience optimisation platform which allows clients to better understand user behaviour. Matt Smith had been involved in running the Optimize business for the last couple of years (while working for Webtrends Inc), before making the offer to take it forward under his own banner and setting up Accelerate with Matt Goodchild, Tom Wilson and Ben Charlesworth.

The buyer was advised by Adam Dowdney, Michelle Waligora (Solicitor), Jonathan Allen (Trainee Solicitor) and Rustam Roy (Consultant) of the Corporate Commercial team and Richard Devall (Partner) of the Employment team. Accelerate was also advised by Menzies LLP.

Commenting on the deal, Adam Dowdney said:

“We thoroughly enjoyed assisting Matt and the team in acquiring the business. It was a great example of IBB’s ability to deliver practical advice and an efficient service given the very short timeframe of this transaction and the buyer’s in depth knowledge of the target business. We are very pleased for our clients and are confident that they will successfully grow and develop the Optimize business in the years to come.”

Matt Smith (Accelerate) commented:

“We had a very limited time to complete the acquisition and therefore the selection of who to assist with this was vital. Adam and the team at IBB came highly recommended and without them I don’t think we would have been able to complete within the timescales we had. We truly had the best team advising and supporting us and they were an excellent group of individuals to work with.

As we move forward with the business, we will continue to work with IBB on advising us on all our legal matters.”

Notes to editors

1) Many of IBB’s Partners are recognised as leaders in their field in the Legal 500 and Chambers & Partners directories.

2) The firm has offices in Uxbridge and Chesham (Bucks). It is a full-service law firm handling complex legal work for both businesses and individuals across four main practice areas — Real Estate, Corporate & Commercial, Private Client and Community Legal Services.