Wenham Major sifts through potential buyers

John Joyce

Co-founder: John Joyce

Vantis corporate restructuring experts were appointed last week to handle the
future of Wenham following a meeting with joint owner Ammar Azam and the firm’s
bankers at HBOS.

The impending sale follows a disclosure from the firm two weeks ago that Azam
had uncovered ‘financial irregularities’ in the Wenham Major Private Client

Advisers are said to be seeking more bids ‘in order to achieve a fair value’
for the business.

For the moment, the concrete offer relates to the core audit and accounting
businesses in Wenham, though it also proposes taking on staff from the private
client and tax businesses. The offer comes from a top 25 mid-tier firm, though
sources declined to say which.

Separate interest has been shown in Wenham’s business recovery arm.

When news broke of the ‘irregularities’, the statement from Wenham Major
Global Capital Partners also said the firm planned proceedings against executive
chairman, and Azam’s fellow owner and founder, John Joyce. Joyce has been in
hospital and is unavailable for comment.

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