Keystone Law has advised specialist Microsoft recruitment firm Cognitive Group on its sale to the leading European IT recruitment group Focus Cloud. The enlarged group will form a new global brand, Focus Cloud Group, providing global recruitment solutions across the major cloud platforms.

The new company combines the experience and success that Cognitive has in Microsoft recruitment solutions with Focus Cloud’s repertoire of Workday, SAP, Salesforce, ServiceNow and Cyber Security recruitment services.

The Keystone Law team advising on the sale was led by partner Jeremy Davis, assisted by trainee solicitor Sophie Welbourn and included Employment partner Emma Clark, Commercial solicitor Rupert Casey, Tax partner Paul McCourt and Employee incentives solicitor Monica Ma.

“It has been a pleasure to work with Jeremy and the Keystone team. Their depth of expertise and experience across all topics made seemingly complicated matters feel straightforward. The team’s ongoing support and guidance helped us successfully conclude this deal, which provides great value for all Cognitive shareholders and the acquirers,” said Jon Keen, CEO of Cognitive Group.

Jeremy Davis added: “This is an exciting time for Cognitive as they grow the business as part of the wider Focus Cloud Group. Working with an excellent Keystone team, we were pleased to advise Jon and Carl on this transaction and to assist in getting this deal across the line.”

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