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Specialist lawyers advise Xercise4Less on £42m investment

Walker Morris advises long-standing client on funding deal

A multidisciplinary team of lawyers at Walker Morris has advised Xercise4Less on its £42m growth capital investment from the Swedish credit provider Proventus Capital Partners.

The investment will allow the low-cost gym chain to open 10 more gyms by the end of the year and a further 40 over the following two years, achieving its goal of having 100 gyms by 2020. Xercise4Less currently has 49 gyms across the UK and 300,000 members.

A team, led by partner John Hamer, advised Xercise4Less. They were supported by a multidisciplinary team including Nicola Parkinson, Thomas Mieszkowski, Laura Lister and Mark Byrne.

Jon Wright, founder of Xercise4Less, commented:

“The growth capital will allow us to open more gyms at a faster rate and provide more people the chance to get active. “Our health clubs genuinely appeal to a mainstream audience.

“Unlike other budget operators we are not selling on price. We thrive on ‘changing lives’ and feel this ability to offer more than the consumer imagined they could receive is what will help us to continue disrupting the budget model and maintain the clear water between traditional and low-cost clubs.”

Commenting on the deal John Hamer said:

“Xercise4Less is a long-standing client of the Firm. As such it has been a pleasure to see the Company grow and succeed.  We have advised Xercise4Less on a number of funding deals in the past, including investments from Business Growth Fund.  This latest funding will provide the Company with further funding required to continue to expand and achieve its goals.”

Daniel Sachs, CEO of Proventus Capital Partners, added:

“The core of our strategy is working with entrepreneurs and helping them grow their business by providing them access to bespoke capital that suits their unique situation.

“The fitness industry has long been a focus area for us and we are delighted to become a strategic financial partner to Xercise4Less in their continued development.”

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