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Burness Paull’s Ken Gordon, who has ‘unrivalled experience in private corporate M&A in the oil and gas sector’, assisted Simmons Private Equity with its acquisition of HL Technologies. The firm handles private equity transactions in Scotland and UK-wide, as well as equity capital markets matters. Helen Dickson and Jamie Stark are other key names.

In the oil and gas arena, CMS’ clients include private equity houses and oilfield service companies. Other industry strengths are renewables, hotels and financial services. Frank Fowlie advised Belltown Power on its £66m acquisition of a 50% interest in the Frodsham Wind Farm project from Peel Energy. Helen Machin and Norman Wisely are recommended. Douglas Crawford joined Brodies LLP in April 2016.

Noted for its oil and gas sector focus, Roger Connon’s ‘very hands-on’ team at Pinsent Masons LLP acts for clients such as KCA Deutag Drilling and Statoil. In 2015, Martin Ewan was lead adviser to Ithaca Energy Holdings (UK) Limited on the $90m sale of a subsidiary to MOL Nordsjon. David McEwing and Jonathan Kirkwood are recommended. John Rutherford joined Shepherd and Wedderburn’s Aberdeen office.

Blackwood Partners LLP’s practice primarily focuses on the oil and gas sector, although it does take on mandates in other areas. It acted for Lloyds Development Capital in its investment in the MBO of PDG Helicopters. Judith Quinn is a key member of the team, which is led by Alastair Wyper.

Noted for its strong oil and gas capability, Brodies LLP’s practice was bolstered by Douglas Crawford’s recent arrival from CMS. Tom Boulton-Jones, who made partner in 2015, relocated to the Aberdeen office from Glasgow. Boulton-Jones and Clare Munro acted for INEOS in its acquisition of DEA UK E&P Holdings. The firm’s other sector expertise includes food and drink, fisheries and financial services.

Oil and gas sector mandates form the bulk of Ledingham Chalmers LLP’s workload in Aberdeen. Rod Hutchison, consultant Malcolm Laing and others assisted Steven Whyte and other family shareholders with the sale of North Sea Stores to Strachans Ltd. Fiona Neilson is a key name in Inverness. Peter Murray heads the practice.

Maclay Murray & Spens LLP undertakes corporate work in the oil and gas sector as well as in areas such as renewables, and food and drink. Andy Lowe’s team, which includes private equity specialist David McGrory, was recently bolstered by the arrivals of Jill Reid, who came from Dana Petroleum, and Nicola Rae, formerly of KCA Deutag.

Stronachs LLP undertakes M&A, private equity transactions and other corporate matters for clients ranging from owner-managed businesses to large corporates. Neil Forbes was lead adviser to Aurora Petroleum regarding a significant investment made by an overseas investor. Ross Gardner joined from Raeburn Christie Clark & Wallace.

Ritchie Whyte and Jacqueline Law are recommended at Aberdein Considine, which advises SMEs in the oil and gas and marine services industries. Law acted for the shareholders of Survival Craft Inspectorate in the sale of the company to Survitec Group.

Blackadders LLP’s Campbell Clark assisted Glendola Leisure with its acquisition of Saltire Taverns. Other clients include Strathmore Foods, Vascular Flow Technologies and 4J Studios.

Harper Macleod LLP’s team advised shareholder David Alexander Stephen on the sale of Safety Welding and Lifting Holdings Limited (and its subsidiary) to Rosskeen Holdings Limited. Chris Kerr, who heads the firm’s Highlands and Islands team, splits his time between Glasgow, Inverness and the recently opened Lerwick office. The firm’s Thurso office also generates work. Craig McKerracher made partner in 2015.

Thorntons Law LLP’s Alistair Lang has particular expertise in early-stage investment and high-growth companies, and recently assisted Intelligent Growth Solutions with its £790,000 Series C1 equity funding round. Christopher Allan is another name to note in the Michael Royden-led team.

Bond Dickinson LLP’s Gordon Hobkirk has a first- rate reputation in the fields of oil and gas service, exploration and production, and renewables. His workload includes M&A, joint ventures and corporate reorganisations.

The Commercial Law Practice LLP’s team advises clients ranging from individuals in business to SMEs to professional practices. Its diverse range of work includes joint ventures, capital restructuring, and company acquisitions and disposals. Keir Willox and Charles Sandison are recommended.

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