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Corporate/M&A — Scotland


Brodies LLP - Corporate/M&A Department

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Band 1

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- 13 partners
- 25 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations: Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Glasgow

What the team is known for Leading Scottish practice acting for clients including public and private companies, high net worth individuals and large owner-managed businesses on the full gamut of corporate and private equity transactions. Offers sector expertise in the financial services, manufacturing and energy industries, among others. Able to provide depth of experience in both domestic and cross-border transactions, with recent activity involving England and across Europe.

Strengths "They were top-rate, absolutely excellent. They were ahead of the game on all the issues," say sources.

Interviewees say that the team is "professional and polished with a wide range of services."

Work highlights Advised Aberdeen City Council on its £370 million index-linked bond issue on the LSE.

Handled a complex corporate group acquisition by INEOS Upstream of onshore oil and gas licences.

Significant clients Chivas Brothers, Enterprise Rent-A-Car, Transocean Drilling UK, Clyde Blowers Capital, Abellio Group.

Notable practitioners

Tom Boulton-Jones has a broad corporate practice which takes in a wide range of transactions including M&A, investments and reorganisations. His experience covers a number of sectors including food and drink, engineering and oil and gas.

Douglas Crawford is recognised for his extensive experience in M&A and private equity work. Impressed clients note: "He's a very commercial guy. He's focused on getting things done in a constructive way."

Shuna Stirling heads the corporate and commercial department and places strong emphasis on joint ventures and M&A work as part of a diverse transactional practice. Interviewees say: "She is very knowledgeable, easy to work with and very responsive to client needs."

Neil Burgess is praised by commentators for his ability to take "a very pragmatic approach to any issues that arise." He regularly advises private equity and venture capital entities on M&A and investment matters.

William McIntosh has a strong international focus to his practice, which involves working across Europe and the USA on M&A and private equity work. He is experienced in deals involving the tech and life sciences fields, and is praised for being "very organised and efficient."

Gillian Summers is highly experienced acting for all manner of clients, including many from the charity and not-for-profit sectors. Clients say she is "extremely knowledgeable in her field," adding: "She always takes a practical and pragmatic approach."

Julian Voge is recognised for his extensive experience in the corporate sphere working for a number of prominent clients. Sources say: "He brings enormous experience. He's very relaxed and always on top of the situation."

"Strong lawyer" Derek Stroud is experienced in a range of transactions arising from the oil services and renewable energy sectors. He provides experience in both domestic and international matters.

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Burness Paull - Corporate/M&A Department

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Band 1

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- 12 partners
- 42 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations: Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Glasgow

What the team is known for Pre-eminent corporate presence across Scotland acting for national and international clients in a wide range of corporate and private equity transactional matters, with a notable sector specialism in the oil and gas industry. Experienced in acting on deals involving companies of all sizes, from large plcs to owner-managed businesses.

Strengths Clients say: "They are able to deliver high-quality, commercial legal advice across multiple areas, which is a requirement for the transactions we undertake."

Interviewees appreciate that the team is "very diligent and punctual in terms of response time."

Work highlights Advised Brown-Forman on the £285 million acquisition of BenRiach Distillery Company.

Acted for the shareholders of Macduff Shellfish Group on its £98.4 million sale to Clearwater Seafoods.

Significant clients Standard Life, BlueGem Capital Partners, DX, Subsea 7, FirstGroup.

Notable practitioners

Department head Peter Lawson is highly regarded for his abilities in the full range of sophisticated M&A transactions on behalf of prominent clients. He is praised for his ability to bring "a great balance of calmness, enthusiasm, commerciality and commitment."

Jamie Stark is experienced in a wide range of transactions, particularly those that have a cross-border or international element. He is known for his expertise in corporate finance work and is described as a "very strong" practitioner.

Mark Ellis focuses on private equity work and is hailed as "a class act" in his field. He earns acclaim from clients for his "great understanding of our approach to making investments and willingness to go the extra mile to ensure the services delivered meet our high expectations."

The "excellent" Christopher Gotts places strong emphasis on capital markets work involving AIM-listed companies as part of his practice leading the firm's corporate finance focus.

Grant Stevenson is well regarded for his work handling highly sophisticated corporate finance transactions, and regularly acts on behalf of a series of prominent private equity houses.

Robert Burns is praised by clients for being "very commercial, pragmatic and easy to deal with." He is noted for his experience in acting for entrepreneurs, family businesses and owner-managed companies.

Alasdair Freeman advises on a wide range of corporate finance transactions including sales, acquisitions and MBOs. He handles domestic and international transactions, particularly those arising in the information technology and oil and gas sectors.

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CMS - Corporate/M&A Department

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Band 1

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- Office locations: Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Glasgow

What the team is known for Solid team of experts offering expertise in the full range of corporate matters, with notable cross-border capabilities and an enviable global network of offices. Clients include a number of private equity houses and large corporations, with strong sector expertise in the outsourcing, funds and energy fields.

Strengths Sources describe CMS as "a very strong firm who align with client priorities and have a strong depth of legal talent."

Clients add: "Their advice is very relevant, practical and attuned to our business. They are trusted advisers who exceed our expectations."

Work highlights Advised Standard Life on its acquisition of AXA Portfolio Services from the AXA group.

Assisted Össur UK Holding with its £27.5 million acquisition of Touch Bionics.

Significant clients Clyde Blowers Capital, RBS, Halliburton, BAE Systems, Virgin Money.

Notable practitioners

Graeme Bruce acts on both public and private company M&A transactions. He is known for his experience in handling complex matters and is praised for his commercial approach and depth of technical expertise.

David Davidson earns acclaim from sources for being "incredibly responsive, hard-working and pragmatic." He handles acquisitions and disposals as part of a broad corporate practice which also takes in reorganisations and joint venture work.

Wendy Colquhoun advises a range of clients, with a focus on those in the financial services industry, on M&A transactions and corporate finance. Sources say she has "masses of experience: she's familiar with what's going on, she's very technically competent and very commercial."

Frank Fowlie handles a variety of corporate work, including M&A transactions for clients within the oil and gas industries. "He's highly commercial, and exhibits good business and legal advice," say sources.

The "very capable" Stuart MacLean advises on M&A, private equity work, fund-raisings and corporate restructurings. He has a particular focus on transactions arising in the real estate, consumer products and engineering sectors.

Helen Machin comes recommended for her wide-ranging corporate practice focusing on M&A and private equity. She is praised by interviewees for being "very efficient, organised and capable."

Jack Letson is experienced in both domestic and international M&A and private equity work. He is praised by clients for being "calm and knowledgeable."

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Dickson Minto WS - Corporate/M&A Department

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Band 1

第一等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- Office location: Edinburgh

What the team is known for Recognised Edinburgh-based practice acting for large corporates and private equity clients in a range of M&A and other corporate matters. Market-recognised expertise in acting for clients in the financial services sector, in addition to representing market leaders from a range of other industries. Recent increased activity in the healthcare, renewables and infrastructure sectors, among others.

Strengths "They have a very impressive book of clients and offer very high-quality service," say interviewees.

Sources say the team is "very responsive, commercial and keenly priced for the level of expertise."

Notable practitioners

Bruce Minto is recognised for his high-level advisory work and expertise in representing family-owned businesses. He also has a strong focus on advising funds on a range of investments.

Colin MacNeill handles a variety of transactional and advisory matters for large corporate clients and listed companies. Commentators describe him as "one of the most prominent corporate finance practitioners in the market."

Ewan Gilchrist is highly regarded for his abilities within the private equity arena, and acts for a broad range of clients on corporate matters. He is praised for being a "pragmatic, efficient and highly competent lawyer."

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Pinsent Masons LLP - Corporate/M&A Department

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Basic facts about the department
- 6 partners
- 22 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations: Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Glasgow

What the team is known for Highly reputable corporate practice offering a wide geographical spread of offices throughout the UK and a prominent international network. Acts for energy, financial services and manufacturing sector clients in a range of regional and multi-jurisdictional corporate matters including private company transactions, ECM work and fund-raisings as well as M&A.

Strengths "They're responsive, thoughtful and they give you a commercial view on things," according to interviewees.

Clients add: "They're excellent: approachable, accessible, easy to get hold of and easy to work with."

Work highlights Advised Skyscanner on its sale to Ctrip.com International for £1.4 billion.

Assisted Total with the sale of its North Sea midstream business to North Sea Midstream Partners for £585 million.

Significant clients Bluewater Energy, West Coast Capital, Celtic, Aberdeen Asset Management, Ithaca Energy.

Notable practitioners

Alan Diamond has handled some of the team's most significant capital markets and M&A transactional matters of late, with a strong focus on the technology and oil and gas sectors. Sources say: "He is able to see the real issues and deal with everything in a very calm and collected manner."

Rosalie Chadwick is highly regarded for her abilities handling sophisticated transactions, often within the oil and gas sector. Clients say: "Rosalie is commercially minded and practical. She understands everything in market terms at any given point."

Kevin Devanny has a strong focus on transactions arising in the energy and infrastructure sectors, particularly those concerning airports. He handles a range of private equity investment work as well as sale and acquisition transactions involving private companies.

Barry McCaig comes recommended for his wide-ranging corporate practice. He focuses largely on private equity work and is said to be "very straightforward, commercial and easy to work with."

David McEwing is known for his experience acting for clients in the oil and gas sector and is highly regarded for his abilities in transactional work. Market commentators praise his "broad knowledge and problem-solving approach."

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Shepherd and Wedderburn LLP - Corporate/M&A Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- 13 partners
- 15 other qualified partners
- Office locations: Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Glasgow

What the team is known for Highly reputable firm acting for clients in sectors such as energy and natural resources, technology and financial services across the full spectrum of corporate matters. Offers a strong bench of lawyers with recognised expertise in cross-border corporate transactions. Advises prominent clients on the full range of sophisticated and high-value M&A and investment matters.

Strengths Clients say: "They've been very good. They're quick to react and very attentive."

Sources say this is "a well-managed firm that views client relationships as important and that will listen to client concerns."

Work highlights Continued to advise FanDuel, assisting with its all-share merger agreement with DraftKings.

Advised the selling shareholders of Two Big Ears on its sale to Facebook.

Significant clients Cairn Energy, Bowleven, Elder Reserve Power, Iomart Group, Satellite Solutions Worldwide Group.

Notable practitioners

Stephen Trombala is well regarded for his work in the oil and gas sector. He advises clients on a broad spectrum of corporate finance issues and is known among commentators to be "very commercial in his outlook."

Department head Andrew Blain is recommended for his abilities advising clients in the real estate and infrastructure sectors. He regularly represents both publicly listed and private companies in a variety of corporate transactions.

Daniel Lee is lauded by commentators for possessing "an excellent commercial overview as well as a detailed legal knowledge of matters." His practice places strong focus on corporate work arising from the energy sector.

George Frier is experienced in handling a range of acquisitions, fund-raisings and investments across a variety of sectors. He is held in high regard for his strong negotiating skills and solution-led approach.

Paul Hally is noted for his expertise in transactional work relating to the oil and gas industry. He is praised by sources as "a good thinker who offers excellent strategic advice."

About the Team (content provided by Shepherd and Wedderburn LLP)

We work with leading domestic and international companies, investment banks, fund managers and private equity houses on major transactions throughout the UK and beyond. On the public company side our corporate clients range from FTSE 100 blue chips to smaller AIM companies; on the private company side our clients range from large international groups to owner-managed SMEs. At the core of our partner-led approach is a deep understanding and appreciation of our clients' ambitions and objectives.

Our clients value our industry knowledge, extensive experience and technical expertise and rely upon us to deliver public and private mergers and acquisitions, equity capital markets transactions, venture capital investments, joint ventures, group restructurings and returns of value. We also advise on corporate governance and administration and regulatory compliance matters.

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Dentons - Corporate/M&A Department

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Band 2

第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- 17 partners
- 22 other qualified partners
- Office locations: Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Glasgow

What the team is known for Acts for several national and international corporates from sectors including financial services, food and drink and energy. Able to draw on an international network to provide a broad and full service to domestic and international corporate clients. Additional focus on transactions arising in the life sciences and technology sectors, with a dedicated team acting on matters involving early stage companies.

Strengths Clients say the team is "very responsive, reactive and good at finding commercial solutions."

Sources add: "They're down to earth and try to understand our business. They are good at seeing the bigger picture."

Work highlights Advised British Polythene Industries on its recommended public takeover by RPC Group.

Assisted FreeAgent Holdings with its placing and admission to AIM.

Significant clients Scottish Equity Partners, Lloyds Banking Group, Dalmore Capital, Stagecoach Group, Prudential.

Notable practitioners

Michael Livingston's practice covers the full gamut of corporate work including M&A and capital markets activity. He places strong focus on the banking, insurance and financial services sectors. Sources say: "He has very good knowledge of the law, applies it well and with a good grasp of commercial reality, and is also incredibly hard-working – a winning combination."

Iain Sutherland is noted for his expertise in private equity and M&A transactions, with particular experience in the utilities sector. Clients are quick to praise his "very commercially driven" approach.

Firm chief executive Kenneth Shand is hugely experienced in domestic and international M&A and private equity work. He has a strong focus on deals involving the food and drink and industrial sectors.

Brian Moore advises on both domestic and international capital markets issues, public and private M&A deals and other corporate transactions. A client appreciates his "knack for translating legal speak into language I understand," and that he is "very succinct in scoping out the legal implications of decisions."

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Addleshaw Goddard LLP - Corporate/M&A Department

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Band 3

第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- 9 partners
- 8 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations: Edinburgh, Glasgow, Aberdeen

What the team is known for Acts for clients from sectors such as food and drink, technology, energy and life sciences, among others, in a range of national and international transactions. Offers expertise in the full range of corporate services including M&A, restructuring and private equity work. Assists entities of all sizes, from large plcs to entrepreneur-owned growth companies.

Work highlights Advised Castle Water on its acquisition of Thames Water's non-domestic water customer base.

Acted for YFM Private Equity on its £5.3 million investment into TravelTek Group.

Significant clients Business Growth Fund, Panoramic Growth Equity, Souter Investments, Maven Capital Partners, Europa Capital Partners.

Notable practitioners

Andrew Ley is known for his experience working with high-growth companies on the full range of investments and M&A transactions. A client notes: "The quality of his advice is great. He gives you options, and the knowledge of our organisation is really helpful."

Anna Brown's broad corporate practice places prominent focus on listed company matters including IPOs and fund-raisings. Clients appreciate that "she is commercially very savvy and gives good insight."

David Horne focuses on commercial contracts work as well as the full suite of corporate transactions for clients across a diverse range of sectors. Clients describe him as "a high-energy individual with excellent content knowledge."

Department head David Kirchin is praised by clients for his "great technical expertise and great knowledge of the Scottish market." His practice has a strong emphasis on the banking and oil and gas sectors.

About the Team (content provided by Addleshaw Goddard LLP)

Please visit the Addleshaw Goddard website to find out more about our work in this area: https://www.addleshawgoddard.com/en/specialisms/corporate/mergers-acquisitions/

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Blackwood Partners - Corporate/M&A Department

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Band 3

第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- 3 partners
- 6 other qualified lawyers
- Office location: Aberdeen

What the team is known for Recognised focus on the oil and gas service sector, acting for clients in M&A and private equity matters on behalf of a range of sponsors and corporate clients. Offers additional expertise in cross-border transactions, restructurings and reorganisations within the oil and gas sector, including a series of sophisticated and prominent deals.

Strengths Sources say the team is "pleasant, easy to deal with and highly knowledgeable."

Clients add that they are impressed with the "exceptional service" they receive.

Work highlights Acted for Eclipse Intervention Holdings on its acquisition of Wellbore AS.

Advised Buckthorn Partners throughout its acquisition of Ashtead Technology.

Significant clients SCF Partners, Proserv Group, Centurion Group, Maven Capital Partners, LDC.

Notable practitioners

Managing partner Alastair Wyper advises a range of clients on such matters as M&A, private equity, venture capital and other transactions. He is known as "a well-respected name in the community."

Judith Quinn handles M&A and private equity transactions involving the oil and gas sector on both a domestic and international basis. Sources describe her as a "very strong lawyer."

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MacRoberts LLP - Corporate/M&A Department

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Band 3

第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- 13 partners
- 18 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations: Dundee, Edinburgh, Glasgow

What the team is known for Full-service firm acting for a variety of mid-market companies, SMEs and owner-managed businesses. Also advises larger clients including domestic plcs and international buyers. Experienced in acting on multi-jurisdictional transactions, representing both overseas investors and UK companies during overseas expansion.

Strengths Clients say: "They have been very responsive, they understand us and keep up to speed. They bring things to our attention and have been very proactive."

Work highlights Acted for Johnston Press on its £24 million acquisition of the i newspaper from Independent Print.

Advised the University of Dundee on the £450 million sale of its interests in IOmet Pharma to Merck & Co.

Significant clients Scottish Government, IDOX, Breedon Aggregates, Pole to Win, Heliex Power.

Notable practitioners

Alan Kelly is highly experienced advising partnerships, private companies and business owners on a variety of transactions. Market commentators say he is "very responsive and unbelievably diligent."

Neil Kennedy is well regarded for his abilities handling a variety of corporate transactions on both a domestic and cross-border basis. Sources say: "He is very easy to work with and very efficient in his dealings."

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Our Corporate team is one of the largest in Scotland, advising clients across key sectors of the Scottish economy, the rest of the UK and internationally.

We have worked on a fantastic range of deals right across the Scottish economy; from “new to the UK” South Korean investors in Machrihanish involved in precision steel rolling, all the way through to heavy industry in Motherwell when we advised the Scottish Government on a major new investment for Scotland’s steel processing industry.

We have acted for large UK PLCs, a range of international buyers, and some of Scotland’s most exciting new businesses. We have also acted for a plethora of successful established Scottish SMEs in deals of a huge variety.

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DLA Piper Scotland LLP - Corporate/M&A Department

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Band 4

第四等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- 1 partner
- 1 legal director
- 6 other qualified lawyers
- Office location: Edinburgh

What the team is known for Has a focus on M&A and private equity-related cross-border transactions, with further expertise in joint ventures and venture capital investment matters. Offers a broad international network of offices to provide strength in depth for a range of corporate clients. Demonstrates expertise across a broad range of sectors, including technology and energy.

Work highlights Advised investor Energy Ventures on the sale of Meta Downhole to Schlumberger.

Assisted Exova Group with its acquisition of a majority stake in Admaterials Technologies.

Significant clients Business Growth Fund, Environmental Energy Fund, Avon, Heineken UK, Lockheed Martin.

Notable practitioners

Simon Rae regularly advises on private equity-related M&A transactions, with a strong focus on matters involving the energy and technology sectors. Market commentators say he is "easy to work with and good technically."

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DWF LLP - Corporate/M&A Department

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Band 4

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Basic facts about the department
- 7 partners
- 10 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations: Edinburgh, Glasgow

What the team is known for Acts for Scottish, national and international clients including corporates, management bodies, banks and public companies. Offers sector expertise in the leisure and tourism, energy and utilities, retail and sports sectors. Supported by an extensive network across the UK to provide clients with the depth of resources to cover all their corporate needs.

Strengths Clients say: "They took a commercial and pragmatic approach and achieved a satisfying outcome. They're personable and technically very good."

Sources say the team is "extremely professional, highly competent and able to work at an incredibly fast pace when required."

Work highlights Acted for the shareholders of Keltneyburn Hydro on the disposal of the 2 MW Keltneyburn run-of-river hydro scheme in Perthshire.

Advised Exova on its acquisition of Jones Environmental Forensics.

Significant clients Capita, ScottishPower, Marine Harvest Scotland, Altier Capital, Custodian REIT.

Notable practitioners

Glasgow executive partner Paul Pignatelli handles corporate governance work as well as advising on the full range of transactional matters, including M&A and private equity investment. Clients say: "He's a very commercial guy who works constructively to get things done."

Damien Bechelli is known to be "a good negotiator who is good at keeping a balanced perspective." He has recently acted on behalf of a number of private equity-backed clients on a wide range of transactions.

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Harper Macleod LLP - Corporate/M&A Department

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Band 4

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- 14 partners
- 18 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations: Edinburgh, Glasgow, Inverness

What the team is known for Noted for expertise in acting for owner-managed and family-owned businesses, private clients and early stage investment companies. Offers experience in cross-border corporate transactions, acting for both overseas investors and Scottish businesses seeking investment. Active across a wide range of sectors in the full suite of transactions including M&A, MBOs, joint ventures and demergers.

Strengths "The firm has high-quality staff that deliver material accurately and on time," according to interviewees.

Clients add that Harper Macleod is "a very good firm in terms of customer service and expertise."

Work highlights Acted for Tchibo Coffee Service on its acquisition of Matthew Algie & Company.

Advised on the disposal of the Gate Healthcare group to Lorimer Care Homes.

Significant clients Webhelp, Optical Express, Entrepreneurial Spark, Epidarex Capital, Moët Hennessy.

Notable practitioners

Department head Donald Munro regularly advises owner-managed and family-owned companies across the full spectrum of corporate transactions. Sources say he is "a fantastic communicator who is always available," adding: "He's very much a strategic problem solver."

Paula Skinner leads the firm's investment focus and is experienced in advising entrepreneurs, start-ups and investors. She is also known to be particularly knowledgeable in alternative finance, having recently handled a number of crowdfunding matters. Clients say she is "very helpful and creative in her approach to issues."

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Our corporate team is recognised as being among Scotland’s top dealmakers and advises businesses of all sizes in every aspect of corporate activity - from high-profile mergers and acquisitions to our extensive work with SMEs. Led by 10 Partners, the team is one of the largest in Scotland, with experienced corporate lawyers based in Glasgow, Edinburgh and Inverness working with businesses throughout Scotland, the rest of the UK and internationally.

We have particular experience of providing commercial legal advice to many of Scotland’s leading family-owned, employee-owned and owner-managed businesses.

In addition, we are known as leading advisers to entrepreneurs and high-growth businesses, particularly those seeking investment.

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MBM Commercial LLP - Corporate/M&A Department

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Band 4

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Basic facts about the department
- 4 partners
- 9 other qualified practitioners
- Office location: Edinburgh

What the team is known for Focused on acting for both high-growth technology companies and their investors, such as private equity houses, venture capital firms and business angel syndicates. Additional expertise in company exits and debt finance matters relating to these investors. Also provides a dedicated focus on university spin-outs and joint ventures.

Strengths Clients appreciate the team's ability to offer "outstanding legal advice and guidance within a warm and welcoming culture."

Work highlights Acted for Agathos on its accelerated acquisition of distressed food distribution group Silverstar Foods.

Advised Albagaia on the sale of its joint venture company Novarum DX.

Significant clients Archangel Investments, Seraphim Capital, Newable, Juno Capital, Senseware.

Notable practitioners

Kenny Mumford acts for high-growth technology clients on a range of venture capital and alternative funding matters. Commentators say he is "very good to work with," with clients adding: "He always goes the extra mile."

"Extremely knowledgeable" managing partner Stuart Hendry advises on a wide range of investment matters relating to the technology sector. Clients say: "He's a capable guy who listens well and delivers good advice."

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Anderson Strathern - Corporate/M&A Department

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Band 5

第五等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- 12 partners
- 6 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations: Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Glasgow

What the team is known for Offers notable sector knowledge in the energy and renewables, technology and education sectors. Acts for private and publicly listed companies based both in Scotland and overseas on a wide range of corporate matters. Additional niche strength in acting on behalf of family businesses on all their corporate needs.

Strengths "Their attention to detail and legal advice is excellent," say sources.

Significant clients INEOS Chemicals Grangemouth, Rangers International FC, Buchan Biogas, John Martin Group, LivosEnergy.

Notable practitioners

Bruce Farquhar's corporate practice is centred on the renewables sector, but also incorporates work involving startups and growth companies. Clients say: "He is fun to work with and a breath of fresh air. He invests time up front, ensuring he gets the full brief so there are no surprises later on."

Ewan Regan is recognised for his high-level corporate work with a particular focus on private equity matters. He is "very efficient and commercial in his approach," according to clients.

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BTO Solicitors LLP - Corporate/M&A Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- 6 partners
- 4 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations: Edinburgh, Glasgow

What the team is known for Acts for SMEs from a wide range of industries in corporate transactions and restructuring matters. Notable expertise in the renewables, licensing and leisure sectors, among others, advising a number of overseas and UK clients. Demonstrates expertise across different departments to provide clients with fully rounded advice on corporate matters.

Strengths "We have been most satisfied with their advice and assistance," say clients.

Significant clients Mactaggart & Mickel Group, Barony Universal Products, Allied Vehicles, Scott Group, Scottish Football Association.

Notable practitioners

Andrew Sleigh handles a wide range of corporate matters involving SMEs. A client says: "He is quick to grasp the key issues in problems we take to him and has never let me or our company down."

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Morton Fraser - Corporate/M&A Department

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Basic facts about the department
- 5 partners
- 9 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations: Edinburgh, Glasgow

What the team is known for Acts for SMEs and entrepreneurial clients in M&A, disposals, restructurings and fundings. Offers additional expertise in crowdfunding and handling private equity investments in high-growth technology companies. Also advises on a number of spin-outs from universities and other higher education institutions.

Strengths "Their service is excellent, with quick response times backed up by a highly professional team," say sources.

Work highlights Advised the founders and shareholders of Premier Asset Finance on the sale of the company to Paragon Bank.

Acted for the shareholders of Optocap on the sale of the company to ALTER TECHNOLOGY TÜV NORD.

Significant clients Neogen Europe, Mercia Fund Management, Invocas Group, Intelligent Point of Sale, CBRE Global Investment Partners.

Notable practitioners

Adrian Bell is experienced in public and third sector transactions, as well as advising individual investors and entrepreneurs. Market commentators say he is "a good lawyer and a sensible guy."

Austin Flynn heads the firm's corporate team and advises on a wide range of corporate and commercial matters. Clients say: "Austin is completely unflappable and has a remarkable ability to cut to the heart of the matter."

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Stronachs LLP - Corporate/M&A Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- 6 partners
- 8 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations: Aberdeen, Inverness

What the team is known for Offers corporate advice to clients of all sizes on a range of transactional matters. Notable expertise in acting for owner-managed businesses from start-up through to exit. Advises a number of clients from the oil and gas sector, often in matters with a cross-border element.

Strengths "They're communicative, commercial and rapid," say sources.

Work highlights Advised the shareholders of Thistle Couriers on their sale of the company to Menzies Distribution.

Advised the shareholders of Domino’s Pizza Aberdeen Franchise Network on the disposal of the entire issued share capital of three companies to DPK Foods.

Significant clients Global Energy Group, Aurora Petroleum, Dana Petroleum, Azinor Catalyst, Xodus Group.

Notable practitioners

Neil Forbes is known for his abilities in M&A transactions and corporate advisory work across a variety of sectors including oil and gas. Commentators praise him for being "very commercial."

David Rennie handles a number of corporate and M&A transactions for a multitude of clients, many of which operate in the oil and gas industry. Sources say he is "good to deal with."

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Stronachs Corporate Team have a strong reputation for acting on behalf of owner managed businesses and management teams and prides itself in developing long term relationships with client companies from start up to exit. The team tends not to act for institutional clients and our client base appreciates the independence which this can bring when they are dealing with banks, financial institutions, etc. The team have clients in a variety of industry sectors and are well known for its expertise in the energy sector, transport/logistics and food and drink sectors. The team has a strong presence in the North of Scotland but acts for clients all over Scotland. A large number of its clients operate in the oil & gas sector and many of these have overseas subsidiaries and/or operations which results in the team regularly advising on transactions which have a cross-border dimension. All of the partners are well regarded and experienced practitioners. 



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Wright, Johnston & Mackenzie LLP - Corporate/M&A Department

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Basic facts about the department
- 5 partners
- 6 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations: Glasgow, Edinburgh, Inverness

What the team is known for Offers corporate advice to clients of all sizes on a range of transactional matters. Notable expertise in acting for owner-managed businesses from start-up through to exit. Additional focus on the technology sector, acting on a range of investment matters, with recent work on issues involving university clients.

Strengths "They give sound, practical advice at a reasonable price," say clients.

Work highlights Acted for Macfarlanes Group on its acquisition of the entire share capital of Nelsons for Cartons & Packaging.

Significant clients Scotrenewables Tidal Power, Gala Group Investments, Whyte & Mackay, NWH Group, Kingdom Homes.

Notable practitioners

Ken Long works with a wide range of clients, including private equity groups, banks and multinational companies on a wide range of investment matters. He is particularly focused on the technology sector and is said to be a "very experienced partner whose knowledge of how to best structure deals is invaluable."

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Eminent Practitioner

Dentons

From the Chambers UK guide

Firm chief executive Kenneth Shand is hugely experienced in domestic and international M&A and private equity work. He has a strong focus on deals involving the food and drink and industrial sectors.

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Star Individuals

Dickson Minto WS

From the Chambers UK guide

Bruce Minto is recognised for his high-level advisory work and expertise in representing family-owned businesses. He also has a strong focus on advising funds on a range of investments.

^ See whole ranking table

Band 1

Brodies LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Douglas Crawford is recognised for his extensive experience in M&A and private equity work. Impressed clients note: "He's a very commercial guy. He's focused on getting things done in a constructive way."

^ See whole ranking table

Band 1

Burness Paull

From the Chambers UK guide

Department head Peter Lawson is highly regarded for his abilities in the full range of sophisticated M&A transactions on behalf of prominent clients. He is praised for his ability to bring "a great balance of calmness, enthusiasm, commerciality and commitment."

^ See whole ranking table

Band 1

Dickson Minto WS

From the Chambers UK guide

Colin MacNeill handles a variety of transactional and advisory matters for large corporate clients and listed companies. Commentators describe him as "one of the most prominent corporate finance practitioners in the market."

^ See whole ranking table

Band 1

DLA Piper Scotland LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Simon Rae regularly advises on private equity-related M&A transactions, with a strong focus on matters involving the energy and technology sectors. Market commentators say he is "easy to work with and good technically."

^ See whole ranking table

Band 1

Burness Paull

From the Chambers UK guide

Jamie Stark is experienced in a wide range of transactions, particularly those that have a cross-border or international element. He is known for his expertise in corporate finance work and is described as a "very strong" practitioner. 

^ See whole ranking table

Band 1

Shepherd and Wedderburn LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Stephen Trombala is well regarded for his work in the oil and gas sector. He advises clients on a broad spectrum of corporate finance issues and is known among commentators to be "very commercial in his outlook."

^ See whole ranking table

Band 2

CMS

From the Chambers UK guide

Graeme Bruce acts on both public and private company M&A transactions. He is known for his experience in handling complex matters and is praised for his commercial approach and depth of technical expertise.

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Band 2

Burness Paull

From the Chambers UK guide

Robert Burns is praised by clients for being "very commercial, pragmatic and easy to deal with." He is noted for his experience in acting for entrepreneurs, family businesses and owner-managed companies.

^ See whole ranking table

Band 2

Pinsent Masons LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Rosalie Chadwick is highly regarded for her abilities handling sophisticated transactions, often within the oil and gas sector. Clients say: "Rosalie is commercially minded and practical. She understands everything in market terms at any given point."

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Band 2

CMS

From the Chambers UK guide

David Davidson earns acclaim from sources for being "incredibly responsive, hard-working and pragmatic." He handles acquisitions and disposals as part of a broad corporate practice which also takes in reorganisations and joint venture work.

^ See whole ranking table

Band 2

Pinsent Masons LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Alan Diamond has handled some of the team's most significant capital markets and M&A transactional matters of late, with a strong focus on the technology and oil and gas sectors. Sources say: "He is able to see the real issues and deal with everything in a very calm and collected manner."

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Band 2

Burness Paull

From the Chambers UK guide

Mark Ellis focuses on private equity work and is hailed as "a class act" in his field. He earns acclaim from clients for his "great understanding of our approach to making investments and willingness to go the extra mile to ensure the services delivered meet our high expectations."

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Band 2

Alasdair C Freeman

Burness Paull

From the Chambers UK guide

Alasdair Freeman advises on a wide range of corporate finance transactions including sales, acquisitions and MBOs. He handles domestic and international transactions, particularly those arising in the information technology and oil and gas sectors.

^ See whole ranking table

Band 2

Dickson Minto WS

From the Chambers UK guide

Ewan Gilchrist is highly regarded for his abilities within the private equity arena, and acts for a broad range of clients on corporate matters. He is praised for being a "pragmatic, efficient and highly competent lawyer."

^ See whole ranking table

Band 2

Pinsent Masons LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Barry McCaig comes recommended for his wide-ranging corporate practice. He focuses largely on private equity work and is said to be "very straightforward, commercial and easy to work with."

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Band 2

Dentons

From the Chambers UK guide

Brian Moore advises on both domestic and international capital markets issues, public and private M&A deals and other corporate transactions. A client appreciates his "knack for translating legal speak into language I understand," and that he is "very succinct in scoping out the legal implications of decisions."

^ See whole ranking table

Band 2

DWF LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Glasgow executive partner Paul Pignatelli handles corporate governance work as well as advising on the full range of transactional matters, including M&A and private equity investment. Clients say: "He's a very commercial guy who works constructively to get things done."

^ See whole ranking table

Band 2

Blackwood Partners

From the Chambers UK guide

Managing partner Alastair Wyper advises a range of clients on such matters as M&A, private equity, venture capital and other transactions. He is known as "a well-respected name in the community."

^ See whole ranking table

Band 3

Shepherd and Wedderburn LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Department head Andrew Blain is recommended for his abilities advising clients in the real estate and infrastructure sectors. He regularly represents both publicly listed and private companies in a variety of corporate transactions.

^ See whole ranking table

Band 3

Brodies LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Neil Burgess is praised by commentators for his ability to take "a very pragmatic approach to any issues that arise." He regularly advises private equity and venture capital entities on M&A and investment matters.

^ See whole ranking table

Band 3

CMS

From the Chambers UK guide

Wendy Colquhoun advises a range of clients, with a focus on those in the financial services industry, on M&A transactions and corporate finance. Sources say she has "masses of experience: she's familiar with what's going on, she's very technically competent and very commercial."

^ See whole ranking table

Band 3

Stronachs LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Neil Forbes is known for his abilities in M&A transactions and corporate advisory work across a variety of sectors including oil and gas. Commentators praise him for being "very commercial."

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Band 3

CMS

From the Chambers UK guide

Frank Fowlie handles a variety of corporate work, including M&A transactions for clients within the oil and gas industries. "He's highly commercial, and exhibits good business and legal advice," say sources.

^ See whole ranking table

Band 3

Shepherd and Wedderburn LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

George Frier is experienced in handling a range of acquisitions, fund-raisings and investments across a variety of sectors. He is held in high regard for his strong negotiating skills and solution-led approach.

^ See whole ranking table

Band 3

Christopher Gotts

Burness Paull

From the Chambers UK guide

The "excellent" Christopher Gotts places strong emphasis on capital markets work involving AIM-listed companies as part of his practice leading the firm's corporate finance focus.

^ See whole ranking table

Band 3

Shepherd and Wedderburn LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Paul Hally is noted for his expertise in transactional work relating to the oil and gas industry. He is praised by sources as "a good thinker who offers excellent strategic advice."

^ See whole ranking table

Band 3

MacRoberts LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Alan Kelly is highly experienced advising partnerships, private companies and business owners on a variety of transactions. Market commentators say he is "very responsive and unbelievably diligent."

^ See whole ranking table

Band 3

Shepherd and Wedderburn LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Daniel Lee is lauded by commentators for possessing "an excellent commercial overview as well as a detailed legal knowledge of matters." His practice places strong focus on corporate work arising from the energy sector.

^ See whole ranking table

Band 3

Addleshaw Goddard LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Andrew Ley is known for his experience working with high-growth companies on the full range of investments and M&A transactions. A client notes: "The quality of his advice is great. He gives you options, and the knowledge of our organisation is really helpful."

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Band 3

Michael Livingston

Dentons

From the Chambers UK guide

Michael Livingston's practice covers the full gamut of corporate work including M&A and capital markets activity. He places strong focus on the banking, insurance and financial services sectors. Sources say: "He has very good knowledge of the law, applies it well and with a good grasp of commercial reality, and is also incredibly hard-working – a winning combination."

^ See whole ranking table

Band 3

CMS

From the Chambers UK guide

The "very capable" Stuart MacLean advises on M&A, private equity work, fund-raisings and corporate restructurings. He has a particular focus on transactions arising in the real estate, consumer products and engineering sectors.

^ See whole ranking table

Band 3

Pinsent Masons

From the Chambers UK guide

David McEwing is known for his experience acting for clients in the oil and gas sector and is highly regarded for his abilities in transactional work. Market commentators praise his "broad knowledge and problem-solving approach."

^ See whole ranking table

Band 3

Brodies LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

William McIntosh has a strong international focus to his practice, which involves working across Europe and the USA on M&A and private equity work. He is experienced in deals involving the tech and life sciences fields, and is praised for being "very organised and efficient."

^ See whole ranking table

Band 3

Stronachs LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

David Rennie handles a number of corporate and M&A transactions for a multitude of clients, many of which operate in the oil and gas industry. Sources say he is "good to deal with."

^ See whole ranking table

Band 3

Davidson Chalmers LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Craig Stirling of Davidson Chalmers LLP focuses on M&A and private equity work. His practice places strong emphasis on the tech, healthcare and renewables sectors, and he is praised by sources for being "pragmatic, creative and approachable."

^ See whole ranking table

Band 3

Brodies LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Shuna Stirling heads the corporate and commercial department and places strong emphasis on joint ventures and M&A work as part of a diverse transactional practice. Interviewees say: "She is very knowledgeable, easy to work with and very responsive to client needs."

^ See whole ranking table

Band 3

Brodies LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Gillian Summers is highly experienced acting for all manner of clients, including many from the charity and not-for-profit sectors. Clients say she is "extremely knowledgeable in her field," adding: "She always takes a practical and pragmatic approach."

^ See whole ranking table

Band 3

Brodies LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Julian Voge is recognised for his extensive experience in the corporate sphere working for a number of prominent clients. Sources say: "He brings enormous experience. He's very relaxed and always on top of the situation."

^ See whole ranking table

Band 4

Morton Fraser

From the Chambers UK guide

Adrian Bell is experienced in public and third sector transactions, as well as advising individual investors and entrepreneurs. Market commentators say he is "a good lawyer and a sensible guy."

^ See whole ranking table

Band 4

Addleshaw Goddard LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Anna Brown's broad corporate practice places prominent focus on listed company matters including IPOs and fund-raisings. Clients appreciate that "she is commercially very savvy and gives good insight."

^ See whole ranking table

Band 4

Pinsent Masons LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Kevin Devanny has a strong focus on transactions arising in the energy and infrastructure sectors, particularly those concerning airports. He handles a range of private equity investment work as well as sale and acquisition transactions involving private companies.

^ See whole ranking table

Band 4

Anderson Strathern

From the Chambers UK guide

Bruce Farquhar's corporate practice is centred on the renewables sector, but also incorporates work involving startups and growth companies. Clients say: "He is fun to work with and a breath of fresh air. He invests time up front, ensuring he gets the full brief so there are no surprises later on."

^ See whole ranking table

Band 4

Morton Fraser

From the Chambers UK guide

Austin Flynn heads the firm's corporate team and advises on a wide range of corporate and commercial matters. Clients say: "Austin is completely unflappable and has a remarkable ability to cut to the heart of the matter."

^ See whole ranking table

Band 4

MBM Commercial LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

"Extremely knowledgeable" managing partner Stuart Hendry advises on a wide range of investment matters relating to the technology sector. Clients say: "He's a capable guy who listens well and delivers good advice."

^ See whole ranking table

Band 4

Addleshaw Goddard LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

David Horne focuses on commercial contracts work as well as the full suite of corporate transactions for clients across a diverse range of sectors. Clients describe him as "a high-energy individual with excellent content knowledge."

^ See whole ranking table

Band 4

MacRoberts LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Neil Kennedy is well regarded for his abilities handling a variety of corporate transactions on both a domestic and cross-border basis. Sources say: "He is very easy to work with and very efficient in his dealings."

^ See whole ranking table

Band 4

Addleshaw Goddard LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Department head David Kirchin is praised by clients for his "great technical expertise and great knowledge of the Scottish market." His practice has a strong emphasis on the banking and oil and gas sectors.

^ See whole ranking table

Band 4

Wright, Johnston & Mackenzie LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Ken Long works with a wide range of clients, including private equity groups, banks and multinational companies on a wide range of investment matters. He is particularly focused on the technology sector and is said to be a "very experienced partner whose knowledge of how to best structure deals is invaluable." 

^ See whole ranking table

Band 4

CMS

From the Chambers UK guide

Helen Machin comes recommended for her wide-ranging corporate practice focusing on M&A and private equity. She is praised by interviewees for being "very efficient, organised and capable."

^ See whole ranking table

Band 4

MBM Commercial LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Kenny Mumford acts for high-growth technology clients on a range of venture capital and alternative funding matters. Commentators say he is "very good to work with," with clients adding: "He always goes the extra mile."

^ See whole ranking table

Band 4

Harper Macleod LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Department head Donald Munro regularly advises owner-managed and family-owned companies across the full spectrum of corporate transactions. Sources say he is "a fantastic communicator who is always available," adding: "He's very much a strategic problem solver."

^ See whole ranking table

Band 4

Blackwood Partners

From the Chambers UK guide

Judith Quinn handles M&A and private equity transactions involving the oil and gas sector on both a domestic and international basis. Sources describe her as a "very strong lawyer."

^ See whole ranking table

Band 4

Harper Macleod LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Paula Skinner leads the firm's investment focus and is experienced in advising entrepreneurs, start-ups and investors. She is also known to be particularly knowledgeable in alternative finance, having recently handled a number of crowdfunding matters. Clients say she is "very helpful and creative in her approach to issues."

^ See whole ranking table

Band 4

BTO Solicitors LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Andrew Sleigh handles a wide range of corporate matters involving SMEs. A client says: "He is quick to grasp the key issues in problems we take to him and has never let me or our company down."

^ See whole ranking table

Band 4

Burness Paull

From the Chambers UK guide

Grant Stevenson is well regarded for his work handling highly sophisticated corporate finance transactions, and regularly acts on behalf of a series of prominent private equity houses.

^ See whole ranking table

Band 4

Brodies LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

"Strong lawyer" Derek Stroud is experienced in a range of transactions arising from the oil services and renewable energy sectors. He provides experience in both domestic and international matters.

^ See whole ranking table

Band 4

Dentons

From the Chambers UK guide

Iain Sutherland is noted for his expertise in private equity and M&A transactions, with particular experience in the utilities sector. Clients are quick to praise his "very commercially driven" approach.

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Up and Coming

DWF LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Damien Bechelli is known to be "a good negotiator who is good at keeping a balanced perspective." He has recently acted on behalf of a number of private equity-backed clients on a wide range of transactions.

^ See whole ranking table

Up and Coming

Tom Boulton-Jones

Brodies LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Tom Boulton-Jones has a broad corporate practice which takes in a wide range of transactions including M&A, investments and reorganisations. His experience covers a number of sectors including food and drink, engineering and oil and gas.

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Up and Coming

CMS

From the Chambers UK guide

Jack Letson is experienced in both domestic and international M&A and private equity work. He is praised by clients for being "calm and knowledgeable."

^ See whole ranking table

Associates to watch

Anderson Strathern

From the Chambers UK guide

Ewan Regan is recognised for his high-level corporate work with a particular focus on private equity matters. He is "very efficient and commercial in his approach," according to clients.

^ See whole ranking table