Corporate/M&A - Scotland
Basic facts about the department
- 10 partners
- 30 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations ranked: Aberdeen, Glasgow, Edinburgh
What the team is known for Offers expertise in representing clients from the energy, financial services and mining sectors. Advises on complex corporate mandates, including M&A, takeovers and private equity work.
Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They do everything very well; they're a really good full-service firm. We like working with them."
Work highlights The Edinburgh team represented Aker Solutions in its £75 million acquisition of Enovate Systems.
The Aberdeen practice advised new client Red Wing Shoe Company on its acquisition of K & L Ross.
Barry McCaig advises on private equity and corporate finance transactions, acting for clients from the energy and oil and gas sectors. He advised Nevis Capital on its £1.4 million acquisition of James Ramsay Glasgow.
Rosalie Chadwick advises on corporate M&A and finance matters. One client remarked: "She's the expert; she's really very good. She's very practical and will get the completion done."
John Rutherford advises clients from the oil and gas sector on corporate reorganisations, finance, disposals and joint ventures. Sources describe him as "a very responsive, very knowledgeable lawyer."
Market observers say David McEwing is "easy to work with – a no-nonsense lawyer with good technical ability." He combines a strong oil and gas practice with experience in a wide range of corporate matters, including disposals, acquisitions and management buyouts.
Roger Connon heads the Aberdeen office and specialises in corporate finance, disposals and reorganisations. He represented the founding shareholders in the sale of the entire issued share capital of Oteac to a new company formed by Lonsdale Capital Partners.
Alan Diamond advises on private equity, disposals and acquisitions. Sources say: "He just quietly gets through an enormous pile of work. He's an exceptionally good technical lawyer and clients love him." He acted for Skyscanner on its acquisition of FOGG.
Derek Stroud was the lead partner in the abovementioned £75 million acquisition by Aker Solutions of Enovate Systems.
"Very good to work with and personable" technology expert Anna Brown represented Cupid in the £43 million sale of its dating business.
Kevin Devanny "understands the business and is a useful strategist." He advised JZ International on its acquisition of Winn Solicitors.
According to sources, Jonathan Kirkwood's "ability to draft and turn around complex documents and to simplify complicated issues is truly without comparison."
Significant clients Sparrows Offshore, University of Aberdeen, Helix Energy, Superior Energy, Red Wing Shoe Company.