Corporate and commercial: Edinburgh and Glasgow in Scotland

Brodies LLP

With offices in Edinburgh, Glasgow and Aberdeen, Brodies LLP is well-placed to handle national mandates across Scotland, and it also deals with a steady stream of cross-border work. It acts for a wide range of clients, including private and public companies, institutions, high-net-worth individuals and third sector organisations. Glasgow-based corporate partner Neil Burgess recently succeeded Shuna Stirling as head of corporate and commercial; Sterling has noted experience in M&A, management buy-outs, commercial matters, corporate governance and restructuring. William McIntosh is recommended for private equity and venture capital work, and has a strong US focus. David Lightbody handles investments, restructurings and company law matters; and Neil Burgess, who has considerable international experience, handles a range of high-value corporate and commercial transactions. Long-serving corporate stalwart Julian Voge retired in April 2020.

Practice head(s):

Neil Burgess

Other key lawyers:

Shuna Stirling; William McIntosh; David Lightbody; Neil Burgess; David Gallagher; Derek Stroud; Eric Galbraith; Liz Bruce

Testimonials

‘Derek Stroud is very commercial – we work well together to run through complex and challenging issues’.

‘Brodies LLP always have the right person to advise on any issue that we need help with’.

‘David Gallagher was very insightful as well as pragmatic when advising on a key commercial contract with the UK Government’.

‘David Lightbody is the epitome of calm, cool and collected in all dealings and matters of legal advice’.

‘David Lightbody presents the risks, consequences and likelihood of positions in clear and articulate language’.

‘Technical expertise borne out of years of experience’.

‘Able to find solutions that take stress out of the deal environment’.

‘The team has a strong work ethic and polished client relationship skills’.

Key clients

Accel-KKR

ECS Group

D. C. Thomson

Abellio Group

Scottish Equity Partners

Omega Diagnostics Group plc

Frostkrone Food Group

Adelphi Distillery Ltd

Danfoss

Lalique Group SA / The Glenturret Distillery

Work highlights

  • Advised EMERAM Capital Partners portfolio company, the Frostkrone Food Group, headquartered in Germany, on the strategic cross-border purchase of Innovate Foods Limited.
  • Advised Omega Diagnostics Group plc on an £11m fundraising on AIM.
  • Instructed as lead counsel for European acquisitions for Accel-KKR which this year included the acquisition of NAVTOR, the world’s leader in cloud-based e-navigation solutions.

Burness Paull LLP

The corporate finance team at Burness Paull LLP continues to feature across a wide range of high-profile and transformative transactions. It handles complex M&A matters for a broad spread of clients, from growing start-ups and owner-managed businesses to larger corporates, advising on cross-border deals, equity investments and joint ventures. Corporate finance head Mark Ellis has noted expertise in private equity; Peter Lawson is firm chair and has an active M&A practice, often leading on international deals; while corporate head Chris Gotts is a leading capital markets lawyer in Scotland. In April 2020, David Davidson joined from CMS, while in February 2021, Paul Scullion and Catriona Macallan were promoted to partner.

Practice head(s):

Mark Ellis

Other key lawyers:

Peter Lawson; Robert Burns; Chris Gotts; Grant Stevenson; Walter Clark; Catriona Llanwarne; David Davidson; Paul Scullion; Catriona Macallan

Testimonials

‘Paul Scullion is very commercial and deals with legal issues efficiently’. 

‘The team at Burness Paull are excellent to deal with and always provide sound and commercial advice across a range of issues’.

‘The team are easy to deal with and make themselves available quickly to help deal with issues as and when they arise’.

‘I have dealt with Grant Stevenson for a number of years and value his commercial advice highly’.

‘Grant Stevenson has a wide range of experience and so is able to provide an excellent overview of the wider developments within the PE market in the UK, which is very helpful. ’

‘The commercial team has strength in depth and is good at engaging you with the best lawyer to deal with your particular issue’.

‘Good at maintaining contact and communication’. 

‘Walter Clark brings a commercial efficiency to corporate matters and is pragmatic and effective in deal negotiations and completions’.

Key clients

Standard Life Aberdeen plc

James Fisher and Sons plc

Scottish Enterprise

National Oilwell Group

ScottishPower

BlueGem Capital Partners

Walker Precision Engineering Group

i3 Energy plc

Kings Park Capital

STV plc

Work highlights

  • Advising Calnex Solutions plc, a technology company focused on designing and producing test instrumentation and solutions for network synchronisation and network emulation, on all aspects of its £42m IPO on London’s AIM market and its associated £6m equity fundraising.
  • Advised the management shareholders in Total Mobile on the sale of the business by management and Horizon Capital to Bowmark Capital.
  • Advised on the sale of the Connexas Group by Horizon Capital and management shareholders to AddSecure, an international data software business headquartered in Sweden.

CMS

The corporate and commercial team at CMS has a strong track record of work on major M&A and private equity matters, and is particularly active in the energy, life sciences and cleantech sectors. Frank Fowlie heads the team from Aberdeen and is well versed in transactions in the oil and gas industry. Graeme Bruce acts for public and private companies on takeovers, mergers and reorganisations. Stuart MacLean handles corporate and finance transactions, and restructurings. Laura McIntosh is recommended for private equity transactions, and restructurings and insolvency work. Jack Letson has noted experience in cross-border and venture capital transactions. Two former Dundas & Wilson partners have recently left the firm, with David Davidson recently joining Burness Paull LLP and Kenneth Rose retiring in May 2020.

Practice head(s):

Frank Fowlie

Other key lawyers:

Graeme Bruce; Wendy Colquhoun; Stuart MacLean; Jack Letson; Laura McIntosh

Testimonials

‘Very user-friendly, hard-working and well-organised’.

‘They are commercial and solutions-driven and worked well with our team’.

‘The CMS team led by Stuart MacLean have always provided my company with an excellent service’.

‘They take time to understand our business and the tasks at hand’.

‘They frequently worked outside normal working hours to help us achieve our objectives over the duration of a complicated share deal transaction’.

‘Graeme Bruce displayed a deep understanding of our requirements and drove the sale transaction hard’.

‘Graeme Bruce is simply one of Scotland’s best and most experienced and collaborative corporate partners’.

‘Jack Letson’s communication is exemplary; his ability to switch between commercial and legal conversation is unmatched in my experience’.

Key clients

OTAQ plc

Sulzer UK

The Royal Bank of Scotland

M Squared Lasers Limited

Braid Group

Dunedin LLP

Smart Metering Systems plc

Scottish Enterprise/HIE

Baxters Group Limited

The Robertson Trust

Honeywell

Souter Investments

Circularity Capital

PIB Group

United Capital

Macfarlane Group plc

Bruker UK Limited

Iqvia Inc

The Juniper Companies Limited

Work highlights

  • Acting for Braid on a highly complex multi-layer disposal to JF Hillebrand Group to combine two global logistics businesses in parallel transactions covering in excess of 20 jurisdictions, but with the transaction led from Glasgow.
  • Acting for M Squared Lasers Limited in relation to its high profile £32.5m multi-jurisdictional financing and restructuring transaction (EV £65m) which was Scottish National Investment Bank’s first transaction.
  • Acting as sole legal adviser to The Robertson Trust, in its sale of 10% of Edrington Group Limited to Suntory.

Pinsent Masons LLP

With Glasgow office head Barry McCaig at the helm, Pinsent Masons LLP's Scotland corporate team continues to work on a wide range of large domestic and international transactions. McCaig is recommended for private equity work and has considerable experience in the energy sector. The practice also works with top clients in the financial services, tech, manufacturing, housebuilding and infrastructure sectors. Rosalie Chadwick is recommended for corporate finance transactions and counts large international oil and gas companies among her clientele. Alan Diamond handles equity capital markets, M&A, and joint ventures. Senior associate Kevin Beattie is well versed in acquisitions and international investments.

Practice head(s):

Barry McCaig

Other key lawyers:

Rosalie Chadwick; Alan Diamond; Kenny Devanny; Jonathan Kirkwood; Brian Thumath; Kevin Beattie

Testimonials

‘Brian Thumath is an excellent technical lawyer with a commercial and pragmatic approach’.

‘Very strong team overall, with the ability to provide expertise as required over issues arising, ranging from property, IP and GDPR, to general commercial’.

‘Kevin Devanny has been known to us for over 10 years and has provided the utmost level of support throughout’.

‘Ability to collaborate internally within the firm and between the corporate team and projects team to provide all aspects of due diligence’.

Excellent manner with real appreciation of our business and the challenges faced’.

‘The team are knowledgeable and are always happy to explain and simplify issues’.

‘A very well regarded corporate department with a number of very experienced dealmakers’.

‘Kevin Devanny is a very experienced dealmaker with a huge amount of commercial and practical experience’.

Key clients

Total E&P UK Limited

Cenkos Securities plc

Zenobe Energy Limited

ALK Capital

iomart Group plc

Railway Pensions Investment Limited

Wheelabrator Technologies

Beeks Financial Cloud Group plc

Energetical Limited

Red Rock Power Limited

Scirocco Energy plc (formerly Solo Oil plc)

Resonance British Wind Energy Income II

M Group Services Limited

Induction Healthcare Group Plc

Online Education Services Pty Ltd

Jersey Oil & Gas plc

LCP Bidco Limited

Celtic plc

Scottish Equity Partners

Penta Capital

Work highlights

  • Advised Total on its disposal of UK North Sea non-core assets to a subsidiary of NEO Energy, a vehicle backed by Norway-based private equity investor HitecVision.
  • Advised Cenkos Securities plc on the £42m AIM IPO of Calnex Solutions plc.
  • Advised Zenobe Energy Limited on a £150m investment from an acquisition vehicle established by Infracapital Funds.

Shepherd and Wedderburn

The corporate team at Shepherd and Wedderburn handles a wide range of deals in the Scottish market for both domestic and international businesses. From start-ups to large PLCs, the firm acts for a broad range of clients, including those in the energy and natural resources and tech sectors. George Frier heads the team from Glasgow and has considerable experience in the food and drink sector. Stephen Trombala is recommended for equity capital markets, M&A and private equity; and Tom Swan handles corporate restructurings and reorganisations; both are particularly active in the oil and gas sector. John Morrison was promoted to partner in May 2020 and is experienced in the renewable energy space.

Practice head(s):

George Frier

Other key lawyers:

Andrew Blain; Paul Hally; Tom Swan; Joanna Monaghan; John Morrison; Katy Barclay; Stephen Trombala

Testimonials

‘Excellent corporate and property legal skills’.

‘John Morrison has excellent legal knowledge and is an ideal lawyer; cost conscious, reactive and standout’.

‘The corporate, tax and employment teams are particularly strong and serve as excellent deal counsel, while also retaining business sensibility’.

‘Stephen Trombala has excellent business instincts’.

‘John Morrison is a new partner and extremely smart and effective as an advocate for the team’.

‘We’ve consistently had excellent, timely responses, with a speed of assistance that is critical to us’.

‘They are reliable, believable and have an efficient understanding our business’.

‘Stephen Trombala consistently delivers, regardless of the size of our query; he provides a strong technical knowledge combined with reliability’.

Key clients

Cairn Energy plc

BigBlu Broadband plc

Chivas Brothers Ltd/Pernod Ricard SA

Nucleus Financial Group plc

Scottish Power plc

Virgin Money UK plc

Nuclear Liabilities Fund Limited

Loch Duart Limited

Epic Games Inc

Five Estuaries Offshore Wind Farm

Work highlights

  • Acted for AIM-listed BigBlu Broadband plc on the £40m sale of its UK and European broadband business to Euronext listed Eutelsat SA.
  • Represented Epic Games on its acquisition of Cubic Motion.
  • Acted for IndigoVision PLC its £30m sale to Motorola Inc.

Addleshaw Goddard

Addleshaw Goddard’s Scots corporate team handles M&A, private equity deals and equity capital markets matters for clients across a wide range of industries, including technology, healthcare and life sciences, real estate and energy. Practice head David Kirchin handles both corporate and banking work, and counts leading UK banks and private equity investors among his client base. Andrew Ley is particularly active in the retail and food and drink sectors, and is adept at handling fundraisings, acquisitions and joint ventures.

Practice head(s):

David Kirchin

Other key lawyers:

Anna Brown; Andrew Ley; David Horne; Murray Jack; Andrew Walker; David Anderson; Laura Falls

Testimonials

‘First-class knowledge and experience in corporate sales, especially in the renewables sector’.

‘Laura Falls provides attention to detail and an understanding of very complex subject matters’.

‘Each member of Addleshaw Goddard with whom we worked had a very joined-up view of our needs at each stage of the engagement’.

‘Strong team of partners and supporting solicitors’.

‘David Anderson continues to go above and beyond in every engagement I have with him’.

‘David Anderson is supported by a quality team who are able to work quickly and under pressure without dropping quality’.

‘At all times, they made themselves available for explanations and the discussion of options for moving forward and they took care to ensure that decisions were always taken from a position of client understanding’.

Key clients

activpayroll Limited

BGF

H2 Equity Partners

Principal shareholders (Sellers) of Symphonic Software Limited

City Pub Group Plc

Foresight Group LLP and Maven Capital Partners LLP

James Donaldson Group

Currie European Transport Limited

genedrive plc

SIG Trading Limited

BGF

NIC Enterprises Limited

DestiNA Genomics Limited

The Buffalo Farm Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised the principal shareholders of Symphonic Software Limited on the sale of the Company by Ping Identity UK Limited.
  • Advised activpayroll on the substantial growth investment into it by Tenzing Private Equity.
  • Advised H2 in the acquisition of Dales Engineering Limited.

Dentons

Dentons‘ Scotland corporate offering, which dates back to its 2017 takeover of Maclay Murray & Spens, handles high-value domestic and international deals for leading businesses, fund managers, investors and lenders. Key areas of focus for the firm include public and private M&A, private equity and venture capital, corporate restructurings and equity capital markets work. The team is headed by Brian Moore and Iain Sutherland, both of whom have considerable transactional experience. Derek McCombe handles corporate finance transactions, and equity and debt fundraisings. Senior associate Owen McLennan is recommended for work in the financial services industry. Former Maclays chairman Michael Livingston and fellow partner Gordon Hobkirk have both recently retired.

Practice head(s):

Brian Moore; Iain Sutherland

Other key lawyers:

Derek McCombe; David McGrory; Claire Armstrong; Owen McLennan; Donald Smith; Kimberly Goh

Testimonials

‘A very diverse skillset amongst the partners, with good coverage across most sectors’.

‘The firm has a good mix of older more experienced partners, as well as promoting young talent development, which is very good’.

‘Very experienced and proven professionals in their own field’.

‘They have always been highly competitive in nature and come across as a team that want to be the best’.

‘As a small international business we get the support of a UK-based firm. but with global reach’.

‘They combine a unique blend of being able to cover both mainstream corporate work and also restructuring work’.

‘Derek McCombe has developed a real niche in the retail sector and is highly regarded and trusted by his colleagues’.

‘Brian Moore is always very responsive and was a great support throughout our transaction’.

Key clients

The Law Debenture Corporation plc

Scottish National Investment Bank plc

Murray Income Trust PLC

QUIZ plc

Scottish Equity Partners

The Edrington Group Limited

Stagecoach Group plc

Edinburgh Woollen Mill Group

Tomlinson Group Argenta Limited

Clyde Blowers Capital

Work highlights

  • Advised on the restructuring of AIM-listed fast-fashion retailer Quiz plc’s retail store estate.
  • Advised Law Debenture Corporate Services Limited, a wholly owned subsidiary of The Law Debenture Corporation plc, on its binding agreement to acquire the company secretarial unit of Konexo UK, a division of Eversheds Sutherland International.
  • Advised the founders of Zestia Limited t/a Capsule, the Manchester-based relationship firm, on a minority multi-million pound investment from Newlands Capital with the support of Hermes GPE.

DLA Piper

DLA Piper’s corporate practice has noted expertise in M&A, private equity and venture capital, as well as joint ventures and company restructurings. It counts large multinational businesses among its client base and is active in the energy, technology, and food and beverage industries. Heavyweight practitioner Simon Rae heads the team and is well versed in cross-border deals for listed and private companies in Scotland, the UK and internationally. Andrew Wardrop is recommended for private equity and infrastructure-related deals.

Practice head(s):

Simon Rae

Other key lawyers:

Andrew Wardrop; Paul Tominey

Testimonials

‘The team in Edinburgh has access to offices and support in the overseas countries where we have sites’.

‘The team we deal with are all very experienced and responsive’.

Key clients

Vespa Capital

JP Morgan Asset Management International

Energy Ventures

Energy Growth Investors

Investec Investments UK

Proprium Capital

First Reserve

Infrared Capital Partners

Secure Trust Bank

Scottish Equity Partners

Royal Bank of Scotland

Lloyds Banking Group

BrewDog PLC

Marsh & McLennan

Moneycorp

Danaher Corporation

Pharmaq AS

Element Materials Technology Group

Heineken UK

Fortive Corporation

Moody’s Corporation

Link Mobility

TGS Nopec

John Menzies plc

Wm Grant & Sons

Mavenir

Westwood Global Energy

Work highlights

  • Advising Danaher Corporation in relation to (i) its pre-acquisition reorganisation; (ii) implementation of its multi-jurisdictional funding structure; and (iii) co-ordination and implementation of the acquisition of General Electric Life Sciences global biopharma business and assets across multiple jurisdictions.
  • Advising Energy Ventures on the sale of Enpro Subsea to Hunting.
  • Advising Pharmaq AS on the acquisition of Fish Vet Group.

Anderson Strathern

Anderson Strathern has particular experience in the employee ownership sphere and has considerable experience in these types of transactions. A large part of its clientele is made up of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and family businesses, with a focus on the healthcare, hotels and tourism, food and drink, and energy sectors. Head of practice Simon Brown has considerable experience in M&A, joint ventures, restructuring, commercial contracts and competition law.

Practice head(s):

Simon Brown

Other key lawyers:

Euan Tripp; Nicholas Howie; Colin Young; Bruce Farquhar; Ewan Regan

Testimonials

‘Despite the pandemic, the team has been effective at delivering legal services in their capacity as instructing agents’.

‘The individuals I work with are always able to make themselves available at short notice for a Teams meeting’.

‘They are focussed on ensuring that their client’s cases are being progressed diligently and effectively’.

‘Colin Young always adds something interesting to discussions, which is very productive as it helps to bring a different perspective’.

‘Commercially minded with a strong customer-centric approach.’

‘Friendly and willing to engage’.

‘I find the Anderson Strathern approach very collegiate and collaborative’.

‘They are happy to involve their colleagues from other teams where appropriate to ensure client gets best possible advice’.

Key clients

Foresight Group LLP

The Scottish Courts and Tribunals Service

Locogen Developments Limited

Shard Credit Partners Limited

Elgin Energy

Livos Group Ltd

2e-volve (UK) Limited

Scotdor Limited

Fairview International School (UK) Limited / Fairview Berhad

Selling shareholders of GLG Telecom Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised The Scottish Courts and Tribunals Service in connection with its Remote Jury Centres (RJC) project.
  • Advised Shard Credit Partners Limited in connection with a £12m equity investment.
  • Advised Elgin Energy in connection with the sale of 3 consented solar farm projects.

Burges Salmon LLP

Burges Salmon LLP’s corporate offering in Scotland continues to go from strength to strength since its launch in 2019 and has recently been involved in a number of cross-border transactions in the energy sector. The team, which is also active in the technology, financial services and food and drink sectors, works closely with the national firm's counterparts in Bristol and London to provide a holistic approach to UK-wide deals. The team is headed by Danny Lee in Edinburgh and Bristol-based Nick Graves.

Practice head(s):

Danny Lee; Nick Graves (Bristol)

Other key lawyers:

Joanna Monaghan

Testimonials

‘Very pragmatic, commercial advice’.

‘A pleasure to deal with’.                            

‘This practice offers the benefits of larger English law firms combined with good quality Scottish law experience’.                               

‘Danny Lee and his team provide an M&A service which removes the complexity of the legal process and documentation, in such a way that it is easy for non-legal clients to fully understand both the process and content’.

‘Danny Lee is able to quickly see the value proposition of a deal’.

‘Burges Salmon are dependable and reliable’.

‘Danny Lee can be a trusted to deliver to a high technical standard, while retaining the commercial nous to offer solutions to issues arising’.

‘When contacted to discuss pieces of work or seek counsel you are assured with an efficient and prompt delivery’.

Key clients

BSW Timber

SIMEC Green Highland Renewables

Brookfield Renewable UK

Forsa Energy

BayWa r.e. UK Limited

Cumulus Oncology Limited

Inverleith LLP

Simply Blue Aquaculture

William Grant & Sons

Atlas Hotels

Work highlights

  • Represented the majority shareholders of BSW Timber on all aspects of the sale of the company to a private equity fund managed by Endless LLP.
  • Acted for Forsa Energy in the sale of its gas generation business to Tiger Power.
  • Advised Europe’s first oncology drug discovery accelerator, Cumulus Oncology Limited, on its inaugural investment fundraise of £1.7m.

Davidson Chalmers Stewart

The corporate team at Davidson Chalmers Stewart is particularly active in the healthcare, tech and renewables sectors; handling M&A, and private equity work for investors and investee companies. Craig Stirling heads the team and is well versed in debt and equity funding, group reorganisations, commercial contracts and in providing advice to business start-ups. Alan Stewart is recommended for funding work, and acquisitions and disposals.

Practice head(s):

Craig Stirling

Other key lawyers:

Stuart Duncan; David Allan; Catherine Feechan; Fiona Piper; Stephen Smith; Alan Stewart

Testimonials

‘The team provides exceptional client service and they respond very quickly and with sensible, practical advice that deals with the commercial issues’.

‘They are a very close-knit team and keep themselves fully informed of our situation’.

‘We place huge time pressures on the team, who always step up to our demands and never let us down’.

‘They are really nice people to deal with, exactly the sort of advisers you want on the team’.

‘Alan Stewart is a vastly experienced senior partner who gets his sleeves rolled up and works alongside us, providing wise counsel and advice in a very practical manner’.

‘Stephen Smith is the partner we deal with day to day and is very proactive in driving through deals to what are often very tight deadlines’.

‘Alan Stewart has advised us for many years and has an excellent understanding of both our business and our business sector’.

‘DCS are big enough to provide legal services across all aspects of corporate and commercial law, but are small enough that we always engage with partner-level staff’.

Key clients

Emerson Electric

RUA Life Sciences PLC (previously Aortech International plc)

Kelvin Capital Limited

Angel Trains Group

Palm Capital

Hampidjan HF

Full Circle Equity Partners

Boxspring Media

Wavegarden

Shin-Etsu

Work highlights

  • Advised RUA Life Sciences Limited on its placing, subscription and open offer on AIM.
  • Advised Hampidjan Hf on its acquisition of an 80% controlling stake in each of Jackson Trawls Limited and Jackson Offshore Limited.
  • Advised Angel Trains Group on a reorganisation that involved a capital reduction exercise followed by circa £1bn of trade and assets held by a Scottish trading subsidiary being transferred to other companies in the group before the Scottish company was struck from the register.

DWF

DWF’s corporate and commercial team handles M&A deals for blue-chip clients in Scotland and further afield. The practice has a strong focus on the retail, food and drink, hospitality, tech, sport and financial sectors. Paul Pignatelli co-leads the team and brings experience in private equity and investment work, restructuring, joint ventures and corporate governance. Executive partner for the Edinburgh office Wayne Lawrence jointly heads the team and handles commercial contracts, outsourcing, and collaboration and strategic partnership agreements.

Practice head(s):

Paul Pignatelli; Wayne Lawrence

Other key lawyers:

Gary MacDonald; Tom Maxwell; Gemma Gallagher

Testimonials

‘DWF have such a diverse capability that we were provided with every area of support needed from the moment of appointment’.

‘The team worked together and were mindful of the impact from other areas’.

‘The quality of advice was excellent and in these times of lockdown, the use of legal technology was invaluable’.

‘Paul Pignatelli is very responsive and manages the team extremely well’.

‘The whole team were very professional and capable’.

‘The team handles work efficiently and has supported us on a number of small M&A deals over the years’.

‘This is a full service law firm and has the capability to provide European support where required’.

‘They are incredibly responsive and take a pragmatic and commercial approach to deals’.

Key clients

Element Materials Technology Group Limited

Wm Morrison Supermarkets Plc

Lunar JV Finance (Apollo Asset Management Group)

Maven Capital Partners UK LLP

C&C Group plc (owners of the Tennents, Magners and Bulmers brands)

Mowi Scotland Limited (formerly Marine Harvest)

Capita plc

Custodian REIT plc

Mattioli Woods plc

Event Scotland

Visit Scotland

Falkirk Football Club

Zonal Retail Data Systems

Grahams the Family Dairy

Scottish Golf

Aliter Capital LLP

LDC

Cirrus Response Group Limited

Ambassador LB Holdings Limited

Sponge Group Limited

Ipsum Group Limited

North SP Limited

Martley NAH Limited

Edwin James Group Limited

Trossachs Distillery Limited (t/a McQueen Gin)

Swan Group plc

Glennon Brothers Timber Limited

Sterling Furniture Group

Seacare Hospitality

Perle Hotels

Thistle Healthcare

Moray Council

West Lothian Leisure Limited

Work highlights

  • Acted for long-term client Cirrus Response in its Series A equity investment of £5.25m from BGF.
  • Acting for Element Materials Technology Environmental UK Limited on its acquisition of EnviroDat Limited.
  • Advised Sponge Group Limited in relation to two key acquisitions and investments to grow the PE-backed, digital learning provider.

Harper Macleod LLP

Harper Macleod LLP's corporate department is well known for M&A, equity investment deals, disposals, angel investments and joint ventures. It often acts in cross-border deals and is active in the healthcare, energy, automotive, food and drink, and IT sectors. Practice head Donald Munro is well versed in private company transactions, management buy-outs (MBOs), reorganisations and investment transactions. Paula Skinner has noted experience in advising entrepreneurial businesses, in particular high-growth scale-ups and investors.

Practice head(s):

Donald Munro

Other key lawyers:

Paula Skinner; Fiona Neilson; Christopher Kerr; James MacGregor; Stephen Chan; Craig McKerracher

Testimonials

‘I have a main senior point of contact through which all my business requests are directed’.

‘I explain my challenge and I get a very quick response and am connected to a relevant expert’.

‘Paula Skinner a partner in the business is very pragmatic with her advice and ensures she understands my objective clearly’.

‘I get the best advice relative to the outcome I am looking for’.

‘I can go and get advice and guidance without the fear of getting a price first’.

‘The partners were clearly experts in their field, their supporting teams were responsive and well-informed, and our engagement with them went without a hitch’.

‘The team at Harper MacLeod are so supportive and also work really well together to offer me the advice I need when completing transactions’.

‘They always offer ways of collaborating to make things better but also put me in touch with colleagues if there’s a particular area I need support on’.

Key clients

M&Co Trading Limited

Low & Bonar plc

Halfords

Clyde Munro Dental Group

Tchibo Coffee Service

Webhelp UK

Kent Foods Limited

Atmosclear Investments Limited

METKA-EGN

Optical Express

Work highlights

  • Advised manufacturer Low & Bonar plc on its £107m sale to German group, Freudenberg SE.
  • Advised M&Co Trading Limited on a restructuring exercise which has seen the Scotland-headquartered retail fashion chain save 2,300 jobs and more than 200 stores, as well as the rescue of its Pension Scheme.
  • Acted for Atmosclear Investments in the United Kingdom and Switzerland, on its acquisition of a 4.3-MW community solar portfolio from NY Stock Exchange-listed, ReneSola Power.

MacRoberts LLP

MacRoberts LLP stands out in the corporate space for its representation of both private and public sector clients. This is evidenced by its work for the Scottish Government, as well as start-ups, SMEs, large corporates and international businesses. With a focus on M&A, the practice also handles restructuring work and equity investments. The team often handles cross-border transactions and is active in the food and drink, technology and energy sectors. Practice head Alan Kelly is recommended for corporate finance work.

Practice head(s):

Alan Kelly

Other key lawyers:

Michael Kelly; Louise Mahon; David Wylie; Gary Baines

Testimonials

‘A small, compact corporate team that work well together’.

‘Michael Kelly is young and full of energy and ideas’.

‘Michael Kelly is relentless in client service, and very persuasive with the other side using simple logic and charm’.

‘Gary Baines was on top of all the moving parts of our deal and pushes them on in a calm but firm manner’.

‘Gary Baines was key to finding a working solution for a complex completion process during the early stages of lockdown’.

‘MacRoberts provide a full legal service to our company covering all aspects during a critical growth phase’.

‘MacRoberts’ wide reach and experience of working in multiple sectors give them the edge when it comes to navigating highly technical transactions’.

‘Alan Kelly is an outstanding lawyer and has been a trusted adviser for the past seven years’.

‘Alan Kelly has made significant contributions to the growth of our company’.

Key clients

BAM Group Limited

Breedon Aggregates plc

Together Energy Limited

JPi Media

WH Malcolm

Scottish Government

SSE plc

Student Loans Company

Renewi Group plc

Equitix Investments

Work highlights

  • Acted on behalf of Together Energy Limited, one of Scotland’s largest domestic energy providers, in the acquisition of Bristol Energy Limited.
  • Acted on behalf of the shareholders of AGL Wealth Management Ltd on the sale of the entire issued share capital to IWP Newco 1 Limited, a subsidiary of Independent Wealth Planners UK Limited (IWP).
  • Acted for the owners of Borland Insurance Group in the sale of the business to American insurance giant Assured Partners.

MBM Commercial

MBM Commercial has a strong focus on the tech sector and is well equipped to handle all stages of development for high-growth technology companies, including those in the IT, life sciences, healthcare and e-commerce sectors. With considerable strength in M&A, and equity investment work, the practice also handles venture capital fund formation, debt finance, university spin-outs and joint ventures. Kenny Mumford heads the team.

Practice head(s):

Kenny Mumford

Other key lawyers:

Stuart Hendry; Tracey Ginn

Testimonials

‘MBM handled a very large and long project for me with speed and accuracy. They were available all hours even though my business covered three continents’.

‘All of the team that we worked with were faster to reply than any other law firm I have worked with The firm is always quick to respond, helpful and the costs are very reasonable. Great service from an outstanding team’.

‘Tracey Ginn is the most accomplished and professional solicitor I have ever worked with’.

‘They genuinely make you feel like they are a partner when they are engaged with you on a project.’

‘Outstanding SME fundraising advice and great operational efficiency with equity raising.’

‘Kenny Mumford has been a fantastic adviser to our business over the years. Bills are fair and at no point do we feel taken advantage of – almost the other way round.’

Key clients

She Software Group Limited

MRM Global Limited

Manus Neurodynamica

RD Graphene

Red61

Seraphim

Celtic Renewables

Blockstar Developments (Trading as Zumo)

Qikserve

Quorum Cyber Security

Work highlights

  • Acted for SHE Software Group Limited in relation to a £7m Series B investment led by new investor Frog Capital.
  • Acted for MRM Global Limited in relation to a £2.6m investment from BGF Investments.
  • Acted for Celtic Renewables as the company raised £3.8m from Crowdcube and private investors.

Shoosmiths

Shoosmiths is well known for its commercial and corporate expertise in the healthcare, transport and technology sectors, and it has recently seen an uptick in instructions relating to green technology and life sciences. Particular areas of focus for the corporate team include M&A, private equity and venture capital deals. The practice continues to act for Scottish, UK and international clients on a range of cross-border transactions. Alison Gilson heads the team.

Practice head(s):

Alison Gilson

Other key lawyers:

Jen Paton; Stuart Murray; Tom Maxwell

Testimonials

‘Alison Gilson and her associates are excellent – they are focused on outcomes, in contrast to other firms who can seem more focused on billing.’

‘Alison Gilson is a consummate professional who is at the very top of her game – her ability to understand what the client wants and the drive towards executing this is to the highest level is excellent.’

‘The team are friendly and very approachable while also being extremely professional’.

‘They are not fazed by any difficult issues that come up’.

‘Alison Gilson’s negotiating and professional skills were key to getting the deal over the line’.

‘Shoosmiths created that perfect balance between legal needs and business needs’.

‘Shoosmiths was very focused on the quality of work, getting to the right business decisions and not creating unnecessary billing hours’.

‘I would highly recommend Alison Gilson, who always remains calm’.

Key clients

Extreme E Limited

Gonvarri Material Handling AS

St Andrews Pharmaceuticals Technology Limited

BGF

Route2Work Limited

Engine B Limited

Energydrive Systems Limited

Blazing Griffin Limited

MV Commercial Limited

Kortext Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised Extreme E Limited, a new electric 4×4 motor racing championship, on a strategic investment from Formula E.
  • Acted for BGF on its £9m investment into PJ Group Limited and PJ Capital Holdings Limited.
  • Advised Spanish headquartered Gonvarri Material Handling AS on the acquisition of Scottish company Complete Storage & Interiors Limited.

TLT

TLT handles high-value and complex M&A work for both domestic and international clients. The team works closely with its counterparts in England and counts PLCs, private companies, private equity and venture capital investors, and UK Government departments among its clientele. Damien Bechelli heads the practice and is well regarded for corporate finance, joint ventures, restructuring and general corporate advisory matters.

Practice head(s):

Damien Bechelli

Other key lawyers:

Kirsty Smith

Testimonials

‘Our business takes a little bit of inside knowledge to understand – Damien Bechelli very quickly got to grips with what we wished to achieve and helped us reach our goal within a short time scale. ’

‘Damien Bechelli was exceptional in that he understood and responded very quickly to any issues we wished to discuss’.

‘Advice was sound and reasonable and very helpful in progressing matters’.

‘Damien Bechelli made something which could have been complicated very straightforward’.

‘Damien Bechelli and his team make a real effort to understand our ultimate aims and objectives and then frame their advice in the commercial context that helps us to achieve those’.

‘Damien Bechelli and his team provide a very personal service, delivered in an easy to understand way’.

‘We see Damien Bechelli and his team as an extension of our team and we know that they have our best interests at heart’.

‘They know our business well and the team continually go that extra mile’.

Key clients

McGill’s Bus Services Limited

Sussex Place Ventures

Blackfinch Investments

ILI Energy Storage Plc

Cinnamon Care Capital

TSquared Group Ltd

Scottish Grocers Federation

Intelligent Land Investment Group Plc

Arena Capital Partners

Fuel Juice Bars (Holdings) Limited

E2 Energy Plc

BayWa Re

Work highlights

  • Advised McGill’s on its multi-million pound acquisition of a group of companies from the National Express Plc group which incorporated its Tayside-based operations.
  • Advised Sussex Place Ventures, an early stage venture capital investor in the technology sector, on its investment in Endomagnetics, a UK-based surgical guidance technology spin-out through its special purpose investment vehicle.
  • Advised three renewables investors and operators, Intelligent Land Investment Group PLC, Yoogen and The Abbey Group on the sale of a company they jointly owned.

Bellwether Green

With strength in the automotive and tech sectors, Bellwether Green is also active in the food and drink, and engineering spheres. It has recently experience of employee ownership trust transactions for key clients, and is well versed in tax implementation matters for family businesses. April Bingham and legal consultant Euan Faulds head the practice.

Practice head(s):

April Bingham; Euan Faulds

Testimonials

‘Bellwether Green were a breath of fresh air, from the initial discussion to getting April involved, everything was easy’.

‘April Bingham understood what I was trying to achieve from the start and the process was simple and what I expected’.

‘The fee structure was fixed and appropriate’.

‘April Bingham is an absolute joy to work with and clearly a master of her craft’.

‘April Bingham understands and offers suitable advice or action for moving forward’.

‘The entire engagement and piece of work was executed brilliantly and by comparison to my previous experience had me feeling in control and comfortable at all stages’. 

‘My case was handled seamlessly between three talented and passionate people that made me feel as though they were collaborating at a very high level to deliver me the outcome I needed’.

‘April Bingham was excellent at communicating and keeping on top of everything at the highest level’.

Key clients

Vertu Motors plc

Craigalan Group Ltd

DSL Business Finance Ltd

Traveltek Group Holdings Limited

Wooha Brewing Company Ltd

10 Rise Holdings Ltd

Scotts Holdco Limited

DTS International

Castlebay Investment Partners LLP

Dow Group Ltd

Work highlights

  • Advised Vertu Motors PLC on the acquisition of Kia, Suzuki and Mistubushi dealerships from the administrators of the Leven Car Company Limited (In Administration).
  • Advised 10 Rise Holdings Limited on an employee buyout by the Cameron Interiors Employee Ownership Trust.
  • Advised the shareholders of Single Rulebook Limited on the sale of the entire issued share capital to Kaizen Reporting Limited.

Blackadders LLP

Blackadders LLP boosted its corporate credentials in 2019 with the acquisition of the Glasgow business of Morisons. The practice is well known for its M&A work in the healthcare sector and has undertaken a large number of pharmacy transactions in recent years. Areas of expertise include funding, IP and contractual arrangements. Glasgow’s Peter Duff heads the team alongside Dundee-based Campbell Clark.

Practice head(s):

Peter Duff; Campbell Clark (Dundee)

Other key lawyers:

Lucy Gannon

Testimonials

‘The team have always represented me well, they are always available and respond quickly.

‘Peter Duff delegates responsibility appropriately and with continued success’.

‘The team at Blackadders know their clients well and represent them appropriately’.

Key clients

Exizent Ltd

M & D Green Dispensing Chemist

Ethigen Ltd

Codebase Ltd

H & K Willis Limited

Pufferfish Limited

MGF Healthcare Limited

Symbiosis Pharmaceutical Services Limited

Class 4 Kids Ltd

Eden Mill St Andrews Ltd

Work highlights

  • Advised MGF Healthcare Limited on the acquisition of A G Bannerman Limited, comprising five retail pharmacies across Scotland.
  • Advised the shareholders of McLeod & Higgins (Roofing Contractors) Limited, comprising various manufacturing businesses of the Rowan Group , on the sale of the group to James Donaldson Group.
  • Advised Class 4 Kids Ltd, which is a provider of a booking management software platform for children’s clubs, on its recent round of investment by a group of existing and new investors.

BTO Solicitors LLP

BTO Solicitors LLP advises a broad range of clients, from sole traders to international PLCs, and is active in the leisure and licensing, property development and renewable energy sectors. Alongside its transactional work, the practice handles disputes between directors, shareholders and partners. Gary Booth heads the practice and has considerable experience advising SME clients.

Practice head(s):

Gary Booth

Other key lawyers:

Andrew Sleigh; Alistair Dunn; Scott Wyper; Jeremy Glen

Testimonials

‘The BTO team are extremely easy to work with – they communicate well, promptly and in clear and concise language’.

‘Gary Booth as lead partner is top class – it is never an issue to get hold of him and he has built up our trust over years of performing well’.

‘What makes BTO unique is that they are a well grounded firm’.

‘BTO certainly seem to be a forward-thinking firm and have moved away from the old fashioned image of what a solicitor should be’.

‘BTO solicitors are very proactive. A pleasure to deal with’.

‘The BTO corporate team provide us with an excellent service ranging from behind the scenes support to front-end delivery and transaction management. They are more a part of our team as opposed to an external adviser’.

Key clients

Mactaggart and Mickel

Crieff Hydro

Hallam Land

Peter Vardy Group

Scott Group Limited

Maven Capital Partners UK LLP

CRF Hydro Power Limited

Scottish Football Association

Angus Dundee Distillers plc

John McGavigan Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised the shareholders of Hazco Environmental Limited on the multi-million pound sale of the company to an international trade buyer.
  • Advised Scott Timber Limited on the acquisition of a national competitor.
  • Advised on merger of two bodies in same sector – Senscot and Social Firms Scotland merged to form the new entity Social Enterprise Network Scotland.

Gillespie Macandrew LLP

Gillespie Macandrew LLP has noted experience in M&A, corporate equity and debt finance, and restructuring work. Practice head Chris Smith is well regarded for corporate structuring work in the energy, and land and rural business sectors. The firm also works with clients in the digital technology, food and drink, and charities sectors.

Practice head(s):

Chris Smith

Other key lawyers:

Chris Gibson; Derek McCulloch

Testimonials

‘This practice has a well organised team of people who work hard to build relationships that in turn help them to understand their client’s needs’.

‘As a client I want my lawyer to be part of my team and to understand the way I operate and do what I want as well as doing what he or she says will be done’.

‘Chris Smith is pragmatic and provides a clear and efficient response every time’.

Work highlights

  • Advising on all aspects of a 450 Megawatt windfarm development with circa £1bn in investments and grid extensions.

Gilson Gray

Gilson Gray has a focus on family-owned and owner-managed businesses, which it advises on M&A, including cross-border transactions and commercial matters. The corporate practice works closely with the wider firm's family team to advise businesses co-owned by spouses and is well versed in shareholder disputes. Derek Hamill heads the group and specialises in commercial contracts, IT matters and equity transactions. Calum Crighton joined from an in-house role at Lex Energy.

Practice head(s):

Derek Hamill

Other key lawyers:

Andrew Fleetwood; Calum Crighton

Testimonials

‘A large team of experts in all fields that I require’.

‘Andrew Fleetwood is a joy to work with and simply knows his stuff’.

‘Andrew Fleetwood leads his team exceptionally well to achieve our objectives’.

‘Very flexible and proactive’.

‘A seamless transition when forced to work from home during lockdown’.

‘Very proactive, hugely experienced, knowledgeable and with an understanding of our objectives’.

‘Always available when required’.

Key clients

BrewDog

Apex Training & Development Limited

J W Filshill  Limited

CSN Carewatch Group

Ascot Lloyd

My Name’5 Doddie

Mitie

United Capital

Media Players UK

Delete Limited

Work highlights

  • Continuing to advise Brewdog on portfolio management across its UK estate.
  • Advised the owners of Fuse 8 Group Limited on the £5.6m sale of their digital transformation and design business to another digital agency, Kagool.
  • Advised CSN Care Group Limited in connection with a £4m investment by BGF.

Lindsays

The core strengths of Lindsays’ corporate department include M&A, private equity and employee ownership matters. With a focus on owner-managed businesses (OMBs) and SMEs, the firm also advises larger corporate clients on commercial and transactional matters. David Wood, who heads up the team and has over 30 years’ experience in the corporate and commercial spheres, is particularly experienced in the renewables, professional services and healthcare sectors. Douglas Roberts is experienced in the food and drink, and sports sectors.

Practice head(s):

David Wood

Other key lawyers:

Peter Tweedie; Douglas Roberts; Alastair Smith

Testimonials

‘Vast knowledge in the veterinary sales area’.

‘Lindsays always provide a very professional experience’.

‘They have a good cross-section of specialisms that work well together’.

‘Douglas Roberts deals with all of our employee ownership-related matters and he is a consummate professional that can be called on for specific legal assistance or just friendly advice’.

‘Douglas Roberts has an excellent mix of legal expertise and commercial pragmatism and is very good at communicating his advice’.

‘The practice is unique in that there is a broad level of sector specialisation available’.

‘The individuals are very approachable and prompt when it comes to dealing with matters’.

‘David Wood has been extremely proactive in all of our dealings with him’.

‘Douglas Roberts was excellent and went out of his way to keep things moving smoothly in what was a very complex piece of work’.

Key clients

MHB Consultants

Athanasios Athanassopoulos Ltd

EOS Advisory LLP

Dundee United Football Company Limited

Cove Rangers Football Club Limited

Gill Financial Services Limited

IT-Worx Solutions Limited

Raith Rovers Football Club

Build a Rocket Boy Limited

Mercia Fund Management Limited

SIS Ventures Limited

Ian Forrester and Myra Francis

Great North Lodges

Archangel Investors Limited

The University of St Andrews

Work highlights

  • Advised Dundee United Football Company Limited, Cove Rangers Football Club Limited and Raith Rovers Football Club on the Company Law aspects of a petition affecting the outcome of the Scottish Professional Football League Limited 2020-21 season.
  • Advising EOS Advisory LLP, Mercia Fund Management Limited & SIS Ventures Limited on their respective investments in Clinspec Diagnostic Limited (ClinSpec Dx), as part of a £2.4m investment round.
  • Advising the shareholders of Gill Financial Services Limited on the sale of the entire issued share capital of the company to an employee ownership trust.

Macdonald Henderson

Macdonald Henderson has notable expertise in management buyouts, M&A, investments and private equity matters. It is experienced in cross-border transactions and also handles shareholder matters and corporate advisory work. David Beveridge heads the practice.

Practice head(s):

David Beveridge

Other key lawyers:

Laura McKnight

Key clients

Norcliffe Capital Limited

Inspire Scotland

Oilfast Limited

MRM Global

Opticare

EHC Energy Limited

RUA Medical Devices

Keycraft Ltd

Begley Brown

Glana Limited

Sustain Scotland

Junk-IT

John Paton Insurance

VAPPS Limited

University of Strathclyde

Work highlights

  • Advising the sole shareholder of RUA Medical Devices in a takeover by artificial heart valve developer AorTech International plc, in a £2.45m deal which brings together two world-leading Scottish life sciences companies.
  • Advising Inspire Scotland, the Glasgow-based residential childcare group, on a £4.5m refinancing and growth package with ThinCats, the alternative lender to mid-sized businesses.
  • Advising EHC Energy Limited on the employee buyout of the company (The Electric Heating Company) from the existing shareholders.

Morton Fraser

The corporate M&A team at Morton Fraser is well known for its representation of public and private sector clients, with a focus on SMEs and family businesses. It stands out from the crowd with its knowledge of university spin-outs, data protection and GDPR, and is also recommended for work relating to crowdfunding and private fund limited partnerships. Austin Flynn, who heads the team, has 30 years’ experience of advising clients on equity funding, restructuring, acquisitions, disposals and commercial contracts.

Practice head(s):

Austin Flynn

Other key lawyers:

Adrian Bell; Iain Young; Paul Geoghegan; Melanie Schwindt; Julie Nixon

Testimonials

‘Very professional and clearly a heavyweight team with great depth’.

‘A really good diverse team with senior women and BAME individuals; refreshingly up to date in attitude’.

‘Austin Flynn acted for me in what was a very acrimonious business deal; he was absolutely brilliant, never missed a trick, and had my back throughout’.

‘I have worked with the firm over a number of years and value their involvement in matters such as commercial borrowing transactions, leasing contracts and portfolio advice’.

‘The value I appreciate most is direct access to partners and opinion-based support for queries’.

‘Austin Flynn is pragmatic, hardworking and extremely detailed in his role as legal adviser’.

‘I would have to commend Morton Fraser for their visibility and their consistent approach to service delivery’.

‘The corporate team at Morton Fraser provide an excellent overall client experience’.

Key clients

Archangel Informal Investment

Techstart Ventures LLP

ESM Investments Limited

Serba Dinamik International Limited

Par Equity LLP

Scottish Mines Restoration Trust

Witherby Publishing Group

Diageo

Schuh Limited

Clinspec Diagnostics Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised a syndicate comprising Archangel Investors Ltd, Par Equity LLP, Techstart Ventures LLP and ESM Investments Ltd on its £3.1m investment into Integrated Graphene and its ground-breaking technology for making 3D graphene foam.
  • Advised ClinSpec on its £3.1m investment which will allow it to develop its innovative cancer detection testing technology.
  • Acted for Serba Dinamik International Limited on its first Scottish acquisition in order to expand its foothold in the North Sea oil and gas engineering market.

Weightmans LLP

The corporate and commercial team at Weightmans LLP is based in Glasgow and sits within the wider UK practice. Acting for private companies, public sector organisations, OMBs, start-ups, banks and investment funds, the practice focuses on M&A work, and also handles governance, joint ventures and general corporate advisory matters. Manchester-based Sarah Walton is head of service delivery for the corporate and commercial teams; key practitioners in Glasgow include Claire McCracken and Nicola Gonnella.

Practice head(s):

Sarah Walton

Other key lawyers:

Claire McCracken; Nicola Gonnella

Testimonials

‘In Scotland the team is niche, led by partners with excellent knowledge of the Scottish commercial market’.

‘They have the added benefit of having a large UK national firm and its resources behind them’.

‘I have always found them very personable and easy to deal with’.

‘Advice has been reliable, pragmatic and commercially astute’.

‘Claire McCracken understands what we are trying to do commercially’.

‘Claire McCracken is very adept at being able to communicate complex legal points across to non -egal minded members of my team’.

‘Claire McCracken is a valued extension to our in-house team, she is the go-to for all legal points and has never let us down’.

Key clients

Apadmi Limited

Mercarto Limited and Mercarto Enterprise

CyberScout LLC

BJSS

Studio Messa PTY Limited

International Medical Press Limited

Chiesi Ltd

PIB Insurance Brokers

Archers Toolbox

Street Systems Limited

Surrey & Sussex Police

British Transport Police

Luxfer Mel Technologies

Nucleus Holdings Limited

ExposePro Limited

Rutland County Council

University of Newcastle

British Swimming

Real Life Options

McGill’s Bus Services Limited

Environmental Air Conditioning (Scotland) Limited

National Autograss Sports Association Limited

Mearns After School Care Service Limited

Simian Risk Management Limited

SB Drug Discovery Limited

Holdfast Entertainment Limited

Greenlight Digital Limited

Work highlights

  • Represented Apadmi with the negotiation of a high-value software development/services agreement with Sainsbury’s Bank.
  • Providing dedicated general counsel support to Mercarto, this includes the recent negotiation of an agile software development services agreement with PrettyLittleThing.com.
  • Providing ongoing general corporate and commercial advice, contract reviews/negotiations and policy and governance support to International Medical Press Limited.

Wright, Johnston & Mackenzie LLP

Wright, Johnston & Mackenzie LLP handles a range of M&A and commercial matters, and is particularly active in the technology and healthcare sectors. The firm also has specialist knowledge of franchising and insolvency law. Colin Millar heads the practice and advises clients on acquisitions and disposals; he has considerable experience in the food and drinks sector.

Practice head(s):

Colin Millar

Other key lawyers:

Ken Long; Angus Macleod; Susan Hoyle; Graham Bell; Martin O’Neill; Stephen Grant

Testimonials

‘The best thing about WJM is their service ethic – one expects professionalism and quality advice from solicitors, but rarely do you get a high quality service and responsiveness combined with good advice’.

‘Colin Millar and Stephen Grant work as a great team in corporate finance transactions’.

‘Colin Millar and Stephen Grant are both very personable and go the extra mile for clients’.

‘The support team at WJM are always welcoming and efficient’.

‘Matters quickly pass to an appropriate case handler and communication is excellent’.

‘The partners/associates that we have dealings with at WJM are knowledgeable and provide advice in a clear and precise manner’.

‘Our requirements are dealt with professionally and courteously, all of which engender a quality client/solicitor relationship’.

‘Great market knowledge’.

Key clients

Beam Suntory Group

Golden Charter Limited

Macfarlane Group plc

Carbon Black Systems Limited

Outreach Limited

The NWH Group Limited

Whyte and Mackay Limited

Equity Gap Limited

Lauder Pharmacy Limited

Cliniwaste Limited

Work highlights

  • Instructed in 17 investments on behalf of Equity Gap Limited throughout the course of 2020.
  • Instructed by the shareholders of the Eastwood Pharmacy group of companies in the acquisition of their fourth pharmacy practice.
  • Advised the shareholders of Forth Care Limited on the sale of their businesses and company.