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Brodies advises on landmark cases and the most high profile M&A deals in the Scottish market:

  • Lead legal adviser to INEOS Upstream in its purchase of DEA UK (including interests in 12 North Sea gas fields) and two Fairfield companies – together representing the biggest investment in the UKCS since the oil price slump.
  • Lead legal adviser to the Dutch transport giant Abellio on its winning bid to Transport Scotland for the ÂŁ7 billion ScotRail Franchise – the single biggest contract awarded by Scottish Ministers – heralding a new era of investment in Scotland’s mass transport infrastructure.
  • Lead legal adviser to Clyde Blowers Capital in its historic purchase of the last surviving commercial shipyard on the Clyde and other sub-sea oil and gas engineering and fabrication businesses, bringing investment and a renewed appetite for growth into Scotland’s shipbuilding heartland.
  • Representing the Scotch Whisky Association (SWA) and representative bodies for EU wine and spirits producers in challenging the Scottish Government's flagship Alcohol Minimum Pricing Bill. In September 2015 the Advocate General of the Court of Justice of the European Union delivered his opinion and in December that year the Court delivered its judgment, both supportive of the SWA’s challenge.
  • Lead legal adviser to FIM Services Ltd, a market-leading manager of renewable energy funds, on the creation of ÂŁ70 million investment vehicles for forestry and solar energy. Brodies advised FIM Services Ltd on the structuring and formation of FIM Timberland LP, FIM Solar Distribution LLP, and on the structuring of renewable energy joint ventures.
  • Advising Velocita/2020 Renewables as developer on all aspects of the development, construction and the ÂŁ76 million portfolio project financing of a 50MW windfarm portfolio, comprising Airies and Sorbie windfarms.  Brodies advised on all aspects of the project including real estate, consents, financial subsidy (ROC) eligibility, power purchase, grid connection, equipment supply, construction, finance, currency and interest rate hedging and operations. Brodies handled all negotiations and all aspects of the financial close process. The financing arrangement with the Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ is Velocita’s second project in Scotland following the merger with 2020 Renewables in July 2012.
  • Acted for Royal Bank of Scotland in its corporate financing of James Donaldson & Sons Ltd, the UK’s leading independent processor, manufacturer and distributor of timber and engineered timber products. Brodies carried out detailed due diligence and drafted and negotiated key documentation resulting in successful completion of the financing.
  • Advising on one of the UK’s largest rural land transactions, with a value of ÂŁ249 million. Brodies’ land & rural business team advised on the Scottish aspects of the sale of the agricultural business arm of The Co-operative Group as a going concern to the Wellcome Trust.
  • Brodies acted in the largest deal in the Glasgow market of 2015 on the purchase of buildings 1, 2 and 3 at Atlantic Quay, in Glasgow city centre - comprising more than 280,000 sq ft of grade A office accommodation.

Legal Developments by:
Brodies LLP

  • Scottish planning obligations: modification and discharge – the story so far

    Planning obligations 1 (formerly agreements), which restrict or regulate the use or development of land, perform a crucial function within the planning system. In Scotland in particular, where the community infrastructure levy has not been adopted, the planning obligation continues to be the primary mechanism for the delivery of much needed local and regional infrastructure through developer contributions, often involving very significant sums. 

    - Brodies LLP

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