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Simon Rae

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Simon Rae has considerable experience of a wide range of UK and cross-border corporate transactions including acquisitions and disposals (with a particular focus on private equity related transactions), fund raisings (both private and public), restructurings and reorganisations, and joint ventures. Simon is the office managing partner of DLA Piper in Scotland and also leads the corporate team. In addition to this, he is also a member of the UK management team.


Dundas & Wilson CS LLP 1995-1998; Clifford Chance, London 1998-2004; partner DLA Piper 2004 to date.


Strathclyde University, (LLB (Hons) 1994; DiP LP 1995).

Scotland: Corporate and commercial

Corporate and commercial: Edinburgh and Glasgow

Within: Leading individuals

Simon Rae - DLA Piper Scotland LLP

Within: Corporate and commercial: Edinburgh and Glasgow

DLA Piper Scotland LLP‘s practice, which is led by Simon Rae, covers a broad spread of UK and international transactions, such as M&A, joint ventures, restructurings, and public and private fundraisings. A particular area of strength of the firm is in private equity deals, where the firm acts for clients such as Scottish Equity Partners, Proprium Capital and Vespa Capital. In a particularly high-profile matter, in 2017, McRae was the lead adviser to the vendors and to BrewDog Plc on the £213m acquisition of shares of and investment in BrewDog by TSG Consumer Partners. Rae, who has a particularly strong reputation handling deals involving the energy and technology industries, also worked with legal director Andrew Wardrop and others to advise longstanding client Energy Ventures on the institutional buyout of Aquaterra Energy Limited. Rae and Wardrop also coordinated and worked with other offices in the firm’s network to handle the global reorganisation of Marsh & McLennan.

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