Corporate Deals

Over the past year, our Corporate Finance team has been involved in over 120 corporate deals spanning a large number of sectors and a wide range of deal values. These transactions have involved both ends of the spectrum, from large PLCs to some of Scotland’s most exciting and ambitious start-ups. Below is an overview of some of those deals.

  • Moray Orthodontics
    We acted for the sellers in the sale of the business and assets of Moray Orthodontics, a leading dental surgery based in Elgin, to The Real Good Dental Company Limited, a growing network of local dental clinics throughout Scotland.
  • Kilmarnock Cosmetics
    We acted for the seller, Kilmarnock Cosmetics Limited, in the sale of the business and assets of Kilmarnock Dental Practice, a leading provider of private and cosmetic dentistry in Kilmarnock, to The Real Good Dental Company and Four Seasons Real Estate Limited.
  • McIntyre, Corbet & Associates
    We acted on behalf of the partners and trustees of McIntyre, Corbet & Associates, a dental practice situated in Dingwall, in the sale of its business and property to Clyde Dental Practice Limited.
  • W&J Knox
    We acted on behalf of the shareholders of W&J Knox, a leading manufacturer of fish farm cage nets and camouflage netting, in the acquisition of a majority share of the company by Selstad, a Norwegian-based maritime equipment supplier.
  • Youmanage HR
    Acted for the vendors, Nicholas Pye and Nicola Lewis, in their sale of Youmanage HR Ltd, an online HR management software platform, to Marlowe Plc (owner of Law at Work and Ellis Whittam).
  • Orr Kerr Dykes Financial Services
    Acted for the shareholders of Orr Kerr Dykes Financial Services Limited, an independent financial services business based in Glasgow, in the sale of its entire issued share capital to KPW Investments (Scotland) Limited.
  • Heliex Power Limited
    Acted for Heliex Power Limited in relation to its latest investment round involving funding from ESB Novusmodus LP, BP Technology Ventures Limited and Scottish Enterprise.
  • HPMC Limited
    Acted for the vendors in the sale of the entire issued share capital of H.P.M.C. Limited, which owned the Crowne Plaza London Docklands hotel, to Leena Plaza Holdings Limited.
  • Clyde Munro Dental Group
    Acted for Clyde Munro Dental Group, a network of family dentists providing the best possible dental care for our NHS and private patients, in the purchase of M&S Dental Care Ltd, a company operating a dental practices in Fort William and Glencoe.
  • Together Energy
    Acted on behalf of Together Energy Limited, one of the UK's fastest growing energy companies, in the investment of £18 million by local authority, Warrington Borough Council.
  • M&J Builders Merchants
    Acted on behalf of the M&J Builders Merchants Limited, a family owned timber and builders’ merchant, on the acquisition of the entire issued share capital of South Lanarkshire Building Supplies Limited, one of South Lanarkshire’s leading independent timber and builders’ merchants, established in 1997.
  • Greenwood Moreland Insurance Brokers
    Acted on behalf of Greenwood Moreland Insurance Brokers, a leading independent insurance broker in West Central Scotland, in the acquisition of Tain-based J Moore & Co.
  • Douglas Laing & Company
    Advised Douglas Laing & Company Limited, a leading independent blender and bottler of Scotch Whisky, on its strategic acquisition of the entire issued share capital of Perthshire distillers, Strathearn Distillery Ltd.
  • J Thomson Colour Printers
    Acted for the vendor of J Thomson Colour Printers, a market leading print solutions provider in Scotland with offices in Glasgow, Edinburgh, Inverness and Aberdeen, in the share sale of the company.
  • Cultivate Software Limited
    Advised on the sale of Cultivate Software Limited, an Edinburgh-based software consultancy business, to international food delivery operators Deliveroo, creating Deliveroo's first UK tech centre outside of London.
  • Black & Lizars
    Acted for Black & Lizars Limited, one of Scotland's most renowned optometrists and audiology service specialists, in relation to the sale of selected branches to optical and hearing service provider Duncan and Todd Limited.
  • Greenwood Moreland Insurance Brokers
    Acted for Greenwood Moreland Insurance Brokers, a leading independent insurance broker in West Central Scotland, in the acquisition of Greenock-based Campbell Smith Insurance Services.
  • Unick Consulting
    Acted for the vendor of Unick Consulting, a multi-disciplinary architects firm specialising in the design and construction of cinemas and multiplex cinemas across the UK and throughout Europe, Asia and the Middle East, in a management buy-out by the company's management team.
  • Store-Rite
    Acted for the shareholders of Store-Rite Ltd, specialists in document storage and solutions based in Stirlingshire, in the sale of the company to the Oasis Group.
  • Tillicoultry Quarries Group
    Acted for the Tillicoultry Quarries Group, a market-leading supplier of a wide range of construction materials for more than 85 years, in a restructure of its group.
  • Biotangents
    Acted for Biotangents Limited, a company which develops easy-to-use, low-cost diagnostics for infectious diseases of livestock, in relation to an investment from Glasgow-based Kelvin Capital, Scottish Enterprise and others.
  • Kingdom FM Radio
    Advised a group of majority shareholders in the sale of the entire issued share capital of Kingdom FM Radio Ltd to Dundee-based publisher DC Thomson & Company Limited.
  • The Interactive Design Institute
    Advised the majority shareholders in the sale of the entire issued share capital of The Interactive Design Institute (IDI) to an Australian-based purchaser.
  • 20/20 Business Group Limited
    Advised on the sale of shares in 20/20 Business Group Limited to a newly created employee-ownership trust.
  • BMAS
    Advised on the sale of Bathing Mobility Advisory Service Limited to the national operator Mobility Group.
  • Breedon Northern Limited
    Acted for Breedon Northern Limited in the purchase of the entire issued share capital of Blinkbonny Quarry (Borders) Limited.
  • Islay Boys Limited
    Acted for Islay Boys Limited in the share purchase of brewery operator Islay Ales Company Limited.
  • ICS Ltd
    Acted for the management team of ICS Limited in a management buy-out, backed by Primary Capital Partners LLP.
  • Speech Graphics
    Advised Edinburgh-based Speech Graphics in relation to an equity investment by two angel investment syndicates and Scottish Enterprise.
  • McTear Contracts Limited
    Acted for the management team of McTear Contracts Limited, in relation to an MBO.
  • Boyd & Company Ltd.
    Acted for Boyd & Company Limited, part of the UK-wide Broker Network, in the purchase of Musselburgh-based insurance broker, Insureness Limited.
  • Fixed Phage Limited
    Acted for Fixed Phage Limited in a top-up investment deal with Alimentos Ventures GmbH, TreeRunner Holdings Limited, Biomedical Business Partners Limited and a member of the existing management team.
  • Handmade Shoes (UK) Limited
    Acted for Handmade Shoes (UK) Limited in the purchase of the Ayrshire-based farrier supplies business operated by the firm of J & A Ferrie.
  • Quality Assured Property Maintenance Limited
    Advised the purchaser on the management buy-out of Quality Assured Property Maintenance Limited, a Dundee-based property maintenance and contracting business.
  • Highland Community Energy Society Limited
    MacRoberts LLP advised Joint Venture Partner, Highland Community Energy Society Limited, in the establishment of six joint venture SPVs in relation to the setting-up of community-based hydro renewable energy social enterprises.
  • AOC Archaeology Group
    Advised the management team in its buy-out of the entire issued share capital of AOC Archaeology. Edinburgh based AOC is one of the UK’s leading heritage companies.
  • HV Systems
    Advised HV Systems Ltd, an early stage technology company developing hydrogen-powered motor vehicles, in obtaining seed funding from investors.
  • GP Properties Limited
    Acted for the shareholders of GP Properties (Scotland) Limited in the sale of GP Green Recycling Limited, a recycling business based in Lanark, to GWE UK Opco Limited.
  • Hicce
    Acted for start-up restaurant Hicce in securing an equity investment to fund the opening of a new restaurant in Coal Drops Yard, King’s Cross, London.
  • "We genuinely felt particularly well looked after, and that MacRoberts always had our interests at heart. They showed a huge knowledge base of dental practices and their services appeared bespoke to us. Even when we hit some major hurdles, they really knew their way around all aspects of the transaction and promptly investigated the matter, coming up with workable solutions. Every step of the way felt very organised and professional, and the communication was above and beyond what we expected! They were good people to work with and no question or challenge we threw at them seemed too big or complicated to find an answer to or resolve. A special mention has to be made to Rebecca and Michael – they always gave the impression as if they were personally invested in the transaction and were genuinely delighted when we got the deal over the line."

  • "We instructed Michael Kelly and Rebecca Cox in relation to the sale of our small group of dental practices. It was quite a complex sale but was handled superbly and with the utmost efficiency. The level of communication and customer service was above our expectations. Thanks to these guys, the whole process was stress free and I can thoroughly recommend MacRoberts as the solicitor to use for a commercial sale."

  • We would like to thank MacRoberts, whom we engaged to complete the transfer of a majority shareholding within the business. We gave them a tight timescale to complete the process from initial engagement with the purchaser's lawyers, through the due diligence process to final completion. We were very happy with their excellent communication and professional approach to the whole process and would certainly consider using them again.

    W & J Knox Ltd
  • “Having never sold a business before, the guidance and support we received from Michael and Rebecca was invaluable. They were available throughout the process for us to contact them and they dealt efficiently and in a friendly manner with any queries we had. At no point did we feel pressurised by them and everything was clearly explained to us at every stage. We would highly recommend the services of MacRoberts to anyone considering a company sale.”

    Orr Kerr Dykes Financial Services Limited
  • "The MacRoberts team provided expert guidance and advice on this transaction under challenging conditions and a short timescale. Their excellent team work delivered a seamless service which skilfully managed the various complications that this deal presented."

    BDL Shetland Ltd
  • "MacRoberts were great partners in completing our first round of investment. Their knowledge and insights were key in securing a deal that worked for all parties."

    Speech Graphics
  • "It was a great experience working with the MacRoberts team. Their approach was helpful, informative and professional at all times as they guided us seamlessly through the process of establishing the 20/20 Employee Ownership Trust, preparing all the legal documentation for the share purchase and transition to the new ownership structure."

    20/20 Business Group Limited
  • "Right from the start, MacRoberts put the whole team at ease and guided us through the whole process with skill and professionalism. They were the pivot for us and made the whole process easy to understand and delivered for us a fantastic outcome."

    Quality Assured Property Maintenance Limited
  • “I have to pay tribute to our legal team, consisting of David Wylie and Bonar Mercer at MacRoberts. Their wise counsel and tenacity has undoubtedly seen this deal through to a conclusion, often in the face of great adversity."

    Ian Condie, Founding Director, Kingdom FM
  • "MacRoberts have recently assisted us with two key corporate restructuring exercises. Despite involving a large amount of paperwork, both transactions were completed on time and within budget. Victoria guided us through the complexities of both processes and was very professional and responsive every step of the way."

    Tillicoultry Quarries Group
  • "Working with David and Victoria over the past few months to create a deal has been an engrossing and enjoyable experience. I found them both very sharp and intuitive. There is no doubt that we had more than lawyers acting for us, for they brought years of deal-making nous to the table."

    Ridge Care Group Limited
  • "From the very outset, MacRoberts were personable, approachable and most importantly able to respond in a very timely fashion to the specific needs of this transaction. I have been very well represented and advised throughout - my thanks to you all."

    RAD Software Ltd
  • "The team at MacRoberts has been exceptional, and a very big thank you to you for your tenacity in getting this over the line. You remained calm and professional throughout.”

    Ian Condie, Founding Director, Kingdom FM

123 Corporate Deals

Over the past year, our Corporate Finance team has been involved in over 123 corporate deals, as the deals market in Scotland continues to thrive.

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