Corporate/M&A - Scotland
Basic facts about the department:
- 8 partners
- 16 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations ranked: Glasgow, Edinburgh, Aberdeen
What the team is known for Handles a wide variety of corporate work for strong Scottish clients. Offices in Glasgow, Edinburgh and Aberdeen provide an impressive bench strength.
Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Efficiency: "They are really proactive and quick to pick up on what is required."
Client service: "There is an ease in dealing with them and the experience only improves each time - we're happy to be working with them long-term."
Visibility: "Their Scottish-based strategy has paid off; they are often on deals."
What's new? Eric Galbraith joined the team from Dundas & Wilson. He specialises in M&A, joint ventures and international franchising.
Neil Burgess joined the team from DLA Piper.
Kana Software was secured as a new client.
Work highlights The Glasgow team advised Resolution Property on its acquisition of the Ocean Terminal Shopping Centre in Edinburgh.
Edinburgh team acted for US-headquartered software company Kana on its acquisition of Ciboodle, a Scottish software company.
Gillian Summers has a formidable reputation in the Aberdeen market, particularly for her expertise in the fishing industry; this extensive expertise has attracted clients who value her commerciality: "I ask her business advice as well as legal advice," said one source.
Julian Voge heads the department and has 25 years' experience in corporate work, particularly in M&A, corporate restructuring, SPVs and joint ventures. He is praised by peers for being "easy and pleasant to deal with."
Key Glasgow partner Shuna Stirling has a good reputation for her corporate and M&A work, and clients enjoy working with her, reporting that she is "knowledgeable, open and honest," and "cares about client service."
William McIntosh is a key partner in the Edinburgh office and specialises in cross-border deals with France, working on M&A and joint venture transactions. "He was an impressively experienced hand during a particularly hectic deal," said one interviewee.
Experienced partner Alistair Campbell is "well respected in the market" for his expertise in MBOs, MBIs, acquisitions and disposals.
Catherine Feechan advises on a range of corporate issues but her specialism is property joint ventures, the life sciences industry and the food and drink sector.
Neil Burgess is noted for his commercial and pragmatic approach. He joined the firm in 2013 from DLA Piper, where he worked with the likes of Maven Capital, Environmental Energies Fund and GVA Grimley.
Significant clients Life Technologies, The Co-operative Group, Scottish Seafood Investments, Transocean Drilling, Total E&P.