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William Mcintosh

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Corporate partner at Brodies. Winner of ‘Corporate Lawyer of the Year’ at Legal Awards of Scotland 2009/10. Corporate and IP lawyer with considerable experience of cross-border work, having also practised in France and the UK. Specialises in mergers and acquisitions, venture capital and intellectual property, with involvement in some of Scotland’s landmark life sciences deals, and thought-leader in the commercial exploitation of Scotland’s technology base. Through involvement with Scotland’s leading universities and various best-practice initiatives, he is also a specialist in education law. Formerly he worked in an M&A and VC niche practice in France and participated in some of Europe’s largest deals in the relevant industry sectors at the time and continues to be actively engaged in cross-border M&A and technology deals.


Trained Lindsays, Edinburgh; qualified 1994; Poitrinal & Associés, Paris 1995-99; Lindsays 1999-2010; partner Brodies LLP 2010 to present. In addition to regular articles on the exploitation of Scotland’s technology base, William initiated and co-wrote a series of reports on commercialisation best practice within the university sectors, including the ‘Report on University Technology Transfer Policies and Practices’ which has been widely disseminated within university technology transfer circles. Director and vice-president of the Franco-Scottish Business Club Limited.




Franco-Scottish Business Club Limited; Franco-British Lawyers’ Society.


Ampleforth College, Yorkshire; University of Edinburgh (1992 LLB Hons); University of Edinburgh (1993 diploma in Legal Practice).


Telemark skiing, canoeing, scuba diving, climbing, fly fishing, member of the British Hand Gliding and Paragliding Association.

Scotland: Corporate and commercial

Corporate and commercial: Edinburgh and Glasgow

Within: Corporate and commercial: Edinburgh and Glasgow

Brodies LLP 's team combines 'expertise, knowledge, people skills and attention to detail to ensure that the deal is completed in a timely manner'. Shuna Stirling  leads the group, which includes 'real no-nonsense commercial lawyer' Neil Burgess and Julian Voge. Other names to note include William McIntosh, Derek Stroud (who focuses on the renewable energy and oil services sectors), food and drink group head Eric Galbraith and associate Liz Bruce. The firm handles a broad cross-section of mandates for Scottish, UK and international clients; its varied workload includes acquisitions and disposals, MBOs, joint ventures, restructurings and commercial contracts matters. Illustrative of the firm's excellent record in high-profile and landmark deals, in 2017, Stirling, Roger Cotton and associate Alasdair Dunn acted for Abellio in the sale of a 40% stake in the Greater Anglia rail franchise to Mitsui & Co., and also in new joint venture arrangements between Abellio and Mitsui. Burgess was the lead adviser to City Facilities Management Group on its strategic acquisition of Maintenance Management and Atrium Maintenance France, as part of the client's European expansion plans. McIntosh led a cross-practice team, which assisted Energy Services Group (which is backed by Accel-KKR) with its acquisition of Utiligroup, and with the related funding aspects of the deal. Martin Sloan has particular expertise in technology procurement (particularly in the financial services sector), IT outsourcing and data protection.

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