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David McGrory

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Partner working from Aberdeen and Edinburgh specialising in the area of private equity, venture capital, MBOs/MBIs and general mergers and acquisitions. Advising a number of major investment institutions as well as investee companies, particularly early stage and high growth companies. Significant clients include Scottish Equity Partners, Scottish Enterprise, Energy Ventures, LDC Emerald Ventures, Chiltern International Group Ltd, MB Aerospace Holdings Ltd, FreeAgent, Peoples Ford and Dysis Medical.


Qualified 2000; Pagan Osborne and Pagan Business Law. joined Maclay Murray & Spens LLP 2001; associate 2005, head of venture capital 2009, partner 2010.




Notary Public.


Madras College, St. Andrews; University of Dundee (1997 LLB (Hons); 1998 Diploma in Legal Practice).


Family; football (serves as non-executive director of Dundee United); skiing; golf (member of The New Golf Club of St. Andrews).

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 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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Scotland: Corporate and commercial

Corporate and commercial: Edinburgh and Glasgow

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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