Emprise provides cleaning and security services to blue chip corporates and public bodies. It employs 5,200 staff across the UK.
The MBO by private equity firm RJD Partners was funded by Lloyds, RBS and the senior management team at Emprise. Chairman Stephen Barrett said it had resulted in unprecedented publicity.
Barrett brought in Lewis to represent Emprise’s interests after details of the deal were picked up in the private equity community.
While Lewis has been hired on an initial six-month contract, Barrett intends to review this after three months.