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Claire Armstrong

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Corporate and Financial Services


A partner specialising in M&A, listed funds and private equity with a particular focus on providing transactional advice to clients in the financial services sector. Expertise also includes joint ventures. Recent experience includes: acting for the EBT trustee in the disposal of Martin Currie to Legg Mason (£undisclosed); advising Dalmore Capital on various transactions as part of its ongoing private equity fund investment program including its recent investment as a member of the consortium acquiring a 61% stake in the National Grid’s gas distribution business; advising Railpen Investments in relation to its extensive investment program, including its unlisted investments and advising a large UK-based asset manager in relation to unlisted investments. Claire also has a range of experience in advising closed-ended listed funds, both in advisory and transactional capacities. She provides advice to a variety of listed funds managed by management houses large and small, including the Baillie Gifford & Co listed funds stable and Standard Life Private Equity. Very recently Claire took the lead on the design and launch of asset manager Downing's first investment trust with a Premium Listing on the LSE. Claire is currently working with SFS-fund The PRS REIT and a demerger scheme of arrangement for a large UK corporate finance firm.


Trained Archibald, Campbell & Harley WS; qualified Scotland 2000; Biggart Baillie 2001-08; qualified England and Wales 2008; associate Fasken Martineau LLP 2008; partner Fasken Martineau LLP 2010; Maclay Murray & Spens 2011; partner 2014.


St Georges School for Girls, Edinburgh; University of Dundee (1997 LLB (Hons); 1998 Dip LP).


Skiing; hill walking; cooking; entertaining.

London: Corporate and commercial

Flotations: small and mid-cap

Within: Flotations: small and mid-cap

The team at Dentons 'goes beyond what might be expected to provide help to clients'; it is 'professional and pleasant to work with'. The work has a nexus to a wide range of sectors, including oil and gas, technology, media, healthcare and financial services. The practice has benefited from the firm launching into the Scottish market by merging with Scottish firm Maclay Murray & Spens LLP in October 2017; Guy Norfolk, Brian Moore, David McGrory and Claire Armstrong became a part of the amalgamated group as a result of the combination. Moore was the lead adviser to QUIZ Plc as the issuer on its £200m AIM IPO; this represented the largest retail sector IPO in 2017. David Collins leads the team, which also includes Darren Acres, Neil Nicholson, Jeremy Cohen and Joseph Altendorff. It leverages the firm's presence in the Middle East and Africa to advise on deals in these regions. In addition, it works closely with Istanbul-based Balcıoğlu Selçuk Akman Keki, which provides the firm with Turkish law services; Nik Colbridge led a group (involving members of both firms), which advised DP Eurasia on its £148m admission to listing on the premium segment of the UK Listing Authority. 

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