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Global law firm Ashurst has advised Robert Bosch GmbH, acting through its UK subsidiary Robert Bosch UK Holdings Limited, ("Bosch") in connection with its acquisition of UK-based fire detection and security technology specialist Protec Fire and Security Group Limited ("Protec"). 

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The acquisition also includes Protec's subsidiaries in the UK, Netherlands and Australia. 

Protec is one of the largest system integrators for fire detection and security technology in the UK, with around 1,100 employees and expected sales in FY2021 of £125 million.  

Working together with the Bosch Legal team, including Matthias Klatt (Lead Management), Swantje Bhandari (Head of Legal Bosch Building Technologies), Dr. Florian Stark (Labour law) and Jonathan Burton (Head of Legal Bosch UK), the Ashurst team was led by corporate partner James Fletcher, with support from partner Richard de Carle, senior associate Hayley Gow, associate Anxin Hua and solicitor apprentice Sophie Hensher. In London, further advice was provided by partners Ruby Hamid, Steven Vaz and Ruth Buchanan, senior consultant Ross Denton, counsel Don McCombie, senior associates Hannah Martin, Rebecca Servian, Louise Youngman, James Nierinck, and associates David Pemberton, Dan Sargeant, Joanna Fox, Harry Newton, Darling Brophy, Shayaan Zaraq Bari and Hayden Dunnett. In Germany, partner Thomas Sacher and counsel Volker Germann advised.

"It is a pleasure to have worked with Bosch on this important acquisition as our first UK mandate for the company, which will strengthen and expand Bosch Building Technologies' business in Europe. We look forward to continuing to work with Bosch in the future," James Fletcher said. 

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