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Brian Hugh Moore

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Corporate and Financial Services


Corporate partner specialising in public and private M&A and equity capital markets transactions.  Significant UK and international deal experience.  Recent transactions include: advising Aberdeen Asset Management PLC on its £11 billion recommended all share merger with Standard Life plc; advising British Polythene Industries plc on its £261 million recommended takeover by RPC Group plc; advising QUIZ plc on its £102.7 million placing and admission to AIM; advising FreeAgent Holdings plc on its £10.7 million placing and admission to AIM; and advising Highland Distillers on its acquisition of The Glenrothes Speyside Single Malt Scotch whisky from Berry Bros. & Rudd Limited.


Research assistant with Scottish Law Commission (Summer 1996); trained Maclay Murray & Spens; qualified Scotland 1999; qualified England 2004; associate Maclay Murray & Spens 2004; seconded to Clyde Blowers 2005; partner 2008.


Forrester High School, Edinburgh; University of Dundee (1996 LLB (Hons); 1997 Dip LP).


Football; golf; cycling; reading; travel.

London: Corporate and commercial

Equity capital markets

Within: Equity capital markets

Dentons' 'very effective' practice provides 'rapid responses', and is frequently active on complex cross-border mandates. 'Capital markets guru'¬†Nikolas Colbridge¬†has 'deep knowledge of the global equity capital markets environment'; he acted for DP Eurasia on its ¬£148m IPO on the LSE. Colbridge,¬†Nick Hayday¬†and¬†Darren Acres¬†advised Hurricane Energy on a $300m equity fundraising and a $230m fundraising involving convertible bonds via accelerated book-build.¬†The 'very talented', US-qualified¬†Cameron Half, who has 'deep knowledge of equity capital markets, depositary agreements and investment banking', acted for VGP on its ‚ā¨285m follow-on equity offering. The 'stellar, business-oriented'¬†Neil Nicholson¬†'always puts client service first';¬†Brian Moore¬†and¬†Guy Norfolk¬†are also recommended.

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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 BalcńĪońülu Sel√ßuk 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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London: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

Media and entertainment (including media finance)

Within: Media and entertainment (including media finance)

Dentons is experienced the film and TV, advertising marketing, e-sports, music, publishing and gaming, social media and interactive content sectors and is regularly instructed by global media clients on corporate and financing transactions, which utilise the firm’s global network of offices. Corporate partner Darren Acres has a focus on media sector transactions and advised ole! Media Management on its acquisition of the UK-headquartered rights management group Compact Media from Lyceum Capital; advised MTG on the sale of its African production and broadcasting business to Kwese Free TV; and also advised MTG on  the acquisition of US games publisher and developer Kongregate Inc. from GameStop Corp. Lee Federman advised NYX Gaming Group on its £210m super senior revolving credit and term, unitranche and accordion facilities refinancing facilities with Ares Capital. Dan Burge acted for Tribune Media Services on a procurement bid process and contractual terms for the provision of editorialisation of metadata services to the BBC. Edinburgh-based Brian Moore advised agency Troika on its merger with media management and professional services agency the James Grant Group (JGG). Acres heads the team with TMT head Andy Lucas after the departure of former media and entertainment team head Ingrid Silver to Reed Smith LLP. Jeremy Cohen is the firm’s CEO for the UK and Middle East and regularly advises media and entertainment sector clients; Anna Copeman handles IP work; and Joseph Altendorff handles M&A and corporate finance work in the sector. Alex Haffner has joined Fladgate LLP.

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Scotland: Corporate and commercial

Corporate and commercial: Edinburgh and Glasgow

Within: Leading individuals

Brian Moore - Dentons

Within: Corporate and commercial: Edinburgh and Glasgow

Dentons¬†established a presence in Scotland following a merger with Scottish firm Maclay Murray & Spens LLP in October 2017. In addition to being embedded in the Scottish and wider UK market, the combined entity has a notable international reach as well. A significant proportion of the firm‚Äôs work has a cross-border component; in 2017,¬†Brian Moore, director Donald Smith¬†and others were part of a team which assisted Aberdeen Asset Management with its ¬£11bn merger with Standard Life . Moore and Smith were also among the advisers to QUIZ Plc on its ¬£200m AIM IPO. Other key figures include Derek McCombe¬†and senior associate Kimberley Goh, (she is ‚Äėvery good at taking the lead and coordinating all aspects of a transaction‚Äė) who advised US-headquartered group Kaiam Corporation on the sale of Kaiam Laser Limited to II-VI Incorporated. The firm also handled mandates for Highland Distillers, Argenta and Johnson Controls. Guy Norfolk¬†(who splits his practice between London and Edinburgh), Claire Armstrong¬†and Owen McLennan¬†are increasingly active in transactional and advisory matters in the fintech sector. Michael Livingston, Iain Sutherland, and Bill Fowler¬†are other seasoned practitioners.¬†David McGrory¬†is ‚Äėcommercially aware and realistic‚Äė.

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