C.W. Downer & Co. Advises Broker's Gin Limited on Sale to McCormick Distilling Co., Inc.

BOSTON, November 12, 2015 – C.W. Downer & Co., a leading global middle-market investment bank, is pleased to announce that Broker’s Gin Limited, a fast-growing premium London dry gin, has been sold to US-based McCormick Distilling Co., Inc. The deal closed on October 30, 2015 and the financial terms were not disclosed.

Founded in 1998 by brothers Martin and Andy Dawson, Broker’s London Dry Gin is micro-distilled at a 200 year old distillery located Birmingham, UK. Noted for a distinctive bowler hat on every bottle, the brand has won more than twenty awards, medals, and distinctions since 2001 —including, in 2010, the New York Ultimate Spirits Challenge when Broker’s was awarded 97/100 points, “Extraordinary, Ultimate Recommendation,” the highest distinction ever received by a gin at that time — ranking Broker’s as one of best gins in the world. The company currently distributes over 50,000 cases of Broker’s Gin to more than 60 countries.

Based in Weston, Missouri, McCormick Distilling Co. is the oldest continuously operating distillery in the United States. The company is adding Broker’s Gin to its portfolio of premium spirits which already comprises 360 Vodka and Tequila Rose. With McCormick Distilling as its new owner, Broker’s Gin is expected to greatly increase both its footprint and brand recognition in the United States—the largest gin market in the world—as well as continue growing in other markets worldwide. “Ashley Rountree and his team know the Spirits space very well. They have done a terrific job in finding the right buyer for us, maximizing valuation and keeping a tight schedule. They provided the right guidance every step of the way,” enthused Martin Dawson, founder of Broker’s Gin.

This is another, high profile Spirits transaction for the C.W. Downer & Co. Consumer Practice Group. In late 2013, the firm assisted Walsh Whiskey Distillery, an Irish producer of super- and ultra-premium spirits and liqueurs, with a successful capital raise.

“We are thrilled to have brought these partners together. Broker’s Gin is a great brand with a great future. C.W. Downer has a long history of assisting premium spirit and liqueur brands, and we are proud to add Broker’s Gin to our client list,” said Ashley Rountree, Managing Director and Partner with C.W. Downer & Co.

The C.W. Downer & Co. team assisting Broker’s Gin with the sale included Mr. Rountree (Managing Director & Partner) and Nicolas Vienot (Vice President), and Antoine Telle (Associate).

About C.W. Downer & Co.

C.W. Downer & Co. is an independent, global investment bank offering middle-market clients a high level of personal attention coupled with 40 years of international execution experience. We provide insight, not just information. We generate value, not just transactions. With nine fully integrated offices on four continents, we consistently identify the most appropriate strategic buyer and uncover “hidden” acquisition targets. C.W. Downer & Co. delivers the reach of a bulge-bracket investment bank with the senior level focus of a boutique. For more information, visit

For Additional Information:

Ashley Rountree
Managing Director & Partner
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