Acted for vendors in the sale of their entire shareholding in Fife-headquartered CLCB Holdings Limited (including its subsidiary CORGI HomePlan Limited) to the OVO Energy group. The CORGI group provides home maintenance and boiler replacement insurance plans to UK households and operates through a network of approximately 5,000 engineers. OVO Energy, headquartered in Bristol, operates UK wide and is a challenger to the big six energy suppliers.
Boyd & Company Limited
Acted for the shareholders of Boyd & Company Limited, one of Scotland’s leading independent insurance brokers, in the sale of 75% of its issued share capital to Berry Investments Holdings Limited, part of the Broker Network. The existing management team retained a 25% stake in the business and will work as part of the wider Broker Network team to continue the growth and development of the business through further acquisitions.
Acted for Barwell plc in the top-up investment of Fixed Phage Limited, a life sciences company specialising in the use of targeted bacterial management to extend product shelf life and tackle problem bacteria.
Acted for IDOX plc, a supplier of specialist information management solutions and services to the public sector, in relation to the purchase of the entire issued share capital of Halarose Holdings Limited, which specialises in designing and delivering electoral solutions to local authorities throughout the UK.
Murphy Young Property
Acted for Murphy Young Property in its purchase of Arca Business Centres Limited, the providers of “remotely controlled” modern flexible business and office spaces in Cumbernauld and Coatbridge.
Acted for Sumdog Ltd in receiving investment from Nesta, a social impact investment house, and Scottish Enterprise. Sumdog is an evidence-based learning software company with operations in Edinburgh and New York, serving a global client base.
James D Bilsland Limited
Acted for the long-established family business James D Bilsland Limited in the purchase of Andrew Gray & Co (Fuels) Limited, a fuels distributor and supplier operating out of Kilmarnock.
Firefly Hybrid Power Limited
Acted for Firefly Hybrid Power Limited, a CCL Energy Group Company, in the purchase of a Hybrid Generator design and manufacturing business from the administrators of Firefly Solar Generators Limited.
Heliex Power Limited
Acted for Heliex Power Limited in relation to its most recent investment round involving funding from ESB Novusmodus LP, BP Technology Ventures and Scottish Enterprise.
Acted in relation to Barwell plc’s further investment in AvantiCell, providers of cell-based products and services to the pharmaceutical, agri-biotechnology and healthcare industries, alongside Scottish Enterprise.
Elliot Henderson Limited
Acted for the purchaser in the acquisition of Elliot Henderson Holdings Limited from Ensco 487 Limited (part of the Azure Group). Elliot Henderson Ltd is one of Scotland's largest and best known timber harvesting businesses with operations all over Scotland working with some of Scotland's and the UK's largest forestry management companies.
Johnston Press plc
Acted for Johnston Press plc in the sale of 13 publishing titles and associated websites in East Anglia and East Midlands for £17m to Iliffe Media.
Acuvent Engineering Group
Acted for Acuvent Engineering Group Ltd, a leading metal fabrication business, in an equity investment by high net-worth individuals and investment groups.
Breedon Northern Limited
Acted for Breedon Northern Limited in their £15.7m acquisition of Sherburn Minerals Limited, which operates quarries and ready-mixed concrete plants in County Durham, Northumberland, York and Cumbria, a deal which further expands Breedon’s geographical footprint.
Organised Health Technologies
Acted for Organised Health Technologies Ltd, a digital start-up which provides a technology platform to assist healthcare providers in dispensing pharmaceuticals, in a further investment round.
Bentleys Holdings Limited
Acted in the transfer of the ownership of joinery manufacturer and interior fit-out specialist Bentleys Holdings Limited from the existing shareholders to an Employee-Ownership Trust.
Denton Holme Student Village
Acted in relation to the sale of Denton Holme Student Village Limited, which owns halls of residence for students in Carlisle.
Acted for Mechanical & Electrical Fixings (MEF), a supplier to the mechanical services industry, in its acquistion of Diamonds Fixings & Tools (DFT), a market-leading supplier to the construction industry.
Acted for Barwell plc in their investment in Skoogmusic Ltd. Skoogmusic aim to make playing music more accessible, principally through their 'Skoog' musical instrument: a cube that allows everyone, including severely disabled children, to have a feel for music and express themselves.
BDL Milton Keynes
Acted in the sale of the hotel business carried on at the Ramada Encore Hotel, Milton Keynes, to Travelodge Hotels Limited, with a simultaneous sale of the property asset and entering into new lease arrangements.
Acting for Heliex Power in relation to a £4m funding round by ESB Novusmodus, BP and Scottish Enterprise. MacRoberts have now advised Heliex in relation to raising funds totalling £16.4m.
Johnston Press plc
Acted for Johnston Press plc in its acquisition of the i newspaper from Independent Print Limited. This growing national daily paper now combines JP’s 900 journalists with i’s 50 strong editorial team.
Acted for Breedon Aggregates Scotland Ltd in its incorporated joint venture with White Mountain Quarries Ltd (part of the Lagan Construction Group) for road building services relating to the construction of the Aberdeen West Peripheral Route.
CS Wind Corporation
Acted for CS Wind Corporation of South Korea, a leading global wind tower manufacturer, in relation to the acquisition of Wind Towers Scotland, based in Campbeltown, Argyle.
MacRoberts acted for us in the divestment of one of our key business interests, in what was a complex cross-border transaction. We have used MacRoberts before and, again, they were first class throughout, providing clear and commercially balanced advice at all levels. I would not hesitate to use them in future and would strongly recommend using them for significant commercial transactions.
Neil Kennedy and the team at MacRoberts have been with me since I founded Organised Health. In that time working together, we have completed a number of transactions, scaled and built our team and become an award-winning business. MacRoberts have been a key partner in our success and we look forward to working together in the future.
Thank you once again for a thoroughly professional and efficient job.
Their services have been of a very high level, along with empathy towards our position. They react fast and provide a good deal of proactive input.
They’re very responsive and thorough, and they build up a good rapport with us as clients. We really trust the advice they give.
MacRoberts acted for me in the sale of Forrest Furnishing and, as expected, provided a full service covering property, pension and tax advice as well as the sale of the Company. They were commercially astute and professional in their approach and pushed for completion throughout the process. I will not hesitate to recommend them to others and will continue using them for all my legal matters.
MacRoberts exceeded all our expectations in delivering high quality and commercially sensitive advice. They expertly guided us through a complex funding round with institutional shareholders and public bodies. Their excellent interpersonal skills meant that the process was smooth and free of complications.
We were not familiar with the acquisition process in Scotland nor the Scottish legal system, especially in property-related matters. MacRoberts advised exactly what we should do in order to acquire the target company and hedge the risk involved in the deal. They showcased their strong expertise and dedication throughout the deal process to make the deal a success within a short period of time. We hope to use their advice continuously as we do business and invest in Scotland.
MacRoberts managed a complicated sales process of our Ramada Encore Hotel in Milton Keynes. There were a number of important elements that were inter dependent and with different parties and solicitors, which added to the complexity of the transaction. MacRoberts took the leadership role in the deal and showed precision and skill to close down multiple issues. There was considerable scope for slippage so MacRoberts did a great job communicating with all parties to push things on and keep the transaction on track to a tight timescale.
Johnston Press was delighted with the support provided by MacRoberts, in what was a very challenging transaction. The MacRoberts team provided professional and informed support throughout the transaction, playing a pivotal role in a successful conclusion to this exciting deal.
Strong at every level.
MacRoberts have worked closely with us throughout the entire acquisition process from the initial due diligence phase to the successful conclusion of the SPA. They consistently added value at every stage, allowing us to complete the deal in a relatively short space of time. Thanks to the MacRoberts team for the hard work, dedication and commercial attitude to successfully concluding the deal on time.
MacRoberts have been incredibly supportive and commercial in making this deal happen. Neil Kennedy and his team have been incredibly responsive and the quality of service has been exceptional. I strongly valued their ability to see the issues from my perspective. It’s great to be working with people who have taken the time to really get to grips with a new business model, to understand the ambitions I have for this business and who are advocates for what I am doing.
They give a very good service. I thought they were very focused on key issues; they have a very level-headed, common-sense approach. They were able to take the emotion out and handle it well.
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