May 25th, 2018 / Insight posted in KS News

Kingston Smith advises Zebra Worldwide Group on its sale to Creative Drive

Kingston Smith has advised Zebra Worldwide Group on its sale to global content creator, US-based Creative Drive Inc.

Zebra Worldwide was founded as a production company in 2005. From then, the business grew to provide still and moving image production, post-production, localisation and associated technology services through its offices in London, Paris, Cape Town, Kiev and Sydney. Zebra Worldwide works with many global brands including Reckitt Benckiser, Hilton and, Hotels.com.

The Kingston Smith team led by Ian Graham, supported by Paul Winterflood in the corporate finance team and Mike Hayes in the tax team worked closely with Zebra Worldwide’s founders Luke Hammersley and Nic Franklin and its finance director Sarah Rose.

They advised on Zebra Worldwide’s group restructuring and assisted the Zebra team throughout the sale. They also provided support preparing the statutory accounts and Kingston Smith’s outsourcing professionals helped prepare information for due diligence.

The deal included input from Sydney and Paris-based members of Morison KSi, the top ten global association of which Kingston Smith is a founder member.

Ian Graham, partner at Kingston Smith said, “It’s a great pleasure to see how much the team at Zebra has achieved. We’re delighted to have played a small part in their continued success.”

Luke Hammersley said: “Kingston Smith were true partners from the outset, helping us document and present our business most effectively, achieve the best commercial results whilst also supporting the relationship building process with our new owners. They were, without exception, good people to work with – pragmatic, extremely articulate around the intricacies of the financial process we were navigating, going the extra mile for our cause.”