Sky News reports that the little-known Lomond Group - backed by private equity money - is in exclusive talks to buy one of the highest profile London estate agencies.
Lomond Group has entered detailed negotiations about a deal that could value Chestertons at nearly £100m.
Sky is quoting unnamed sources saying that the exclusivity period was in its early stages “and cautioned that a deal was not certain to happen.”
Lomond Group was created by a £100m merger of Lomond Capital and Linley & Simpson nearly a year ago.
Just today our sister publication, Letting Agent Today, has reported that Linley & Simpson has acquired two more independent agencies: they are family-run Moores in Leeds, and lettings specialist homes4harrogate.
However, Chestertons - which is over 200 years old and operates at the mid to higher end of the sales and lettings markets in the capital - is in a whole different league to Lomond’s previous acquisitions.
Back in September Chestertons put itself up for sale with a price tag of £100m; Libyan businessman Salah Mussa, who bought Chestertons in 2005, instructed professional services firm Deloitte to find a buyer for the firm, which has 31 branches across the capital.
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