SelectScience - a platform for the future

29 January 2021

RSM’s M&A and private equity team has advised the shareholders of SelectScience Limited on the successful sale of the business to Vespa Capital.

The client

Bath based SelectScience was founded by Arif and Louise Butt over 20 years’ ago and has become one of the world’s leading, independent digital publishers providing reputable science technology and research news and trusted product reviews. Its global platform allows product manufacturers, scientists, professors and researchers to connect and share information to support decision making and scientific development. 

RSM's Solution

RSM were engaged as lead advisers to assist the shareholders in achieving their sale aspirations and to identify a strategic investment partner that would accelerate the Company’s international expansion plans. Following a global marketing process attracting attention from a number of large blue-chip companies, Vespa Capital were selected to support the CEO and management team through the next stage of growth. 

Lead advisory team: Ian Wherry, Stephanie Wilson, Rhys Jennings and Lucy Roberts. In addition, tax structuring was led by Corporate Tax partner Andrew Gordon and supported by Nigel Gleaden. 


'We are delighted we chose RSM and Osborne Clarke as our advisors to help us with finding the right partner for SelectScience. Both Louise and I would like to extend our thanks to the teams for working tirelessly and providing invaluable advice, steering us through the process, and achieving a fantastic result despite the current global COVID-19 pandemic. We are excited for what the future holds for everybody involved in SelectScience going forward.'

Arif Butt, Founder