Law Services for Businesses Corporate Finance

Award-winning corporate and commercial legal advisers to businesses across Scotland, the UK and overseas.

MacRoberts' corporate finance lawyers advise on all areas of corporate law, including start-up and venture capital deals, joint ventures, business restructures, mergers, acquisitions, disposals, selling your business, investing in other businesses, securing equity investment and more.

Our Corporate team works with businesses of all sizes, from SMEs to multinationals, and we have a particular expertise advising family-owned businesses on the unique corporate challenges they face.

With first-hand experience of owning and working within family businesses, our team is ideally placed to understand the requirements and objectives of such clients.

Our team is recognised as one of Scotland’s leading corporate practices, consistently featuring highly in published league tables of advisers, and has worked on some of Scotland’s most high-profile deals. We frequently advise clients across the UK and internationally who have interests in Scotland and the rest of the UK.

Growing your business through merger or acquisition

We have an established track record in advising clients on their mergers and acquisitions, and support businesses throughout the process, including all aspects of due diligence, setting up data rooms, information gathering, producing deal documentation, and negotiating our client’s position. We take the time to fully understand our clients’ objectives and our clients benefit from our practical and proactive approach to securing the best possible outcomes for them.

Restructuring your business

Whatever the reason behind the decision to restructure your business, there are numerous legal matters to consider. Our corporate finance lawyers advise businesses across all sectors on restructuring solutions, providing practical, commercial, and efficient advice on all aspects of the process. Our technical and legal expertise means we can help you identify risks and potential issues before they become too serious to resolve, ensuring the process is as smooth as possible.

Securing equity investment

Whether you are a business owner looking to secure growth capital or an investor looking to grow your business portfolio, our market-leading team can support you in getting the deal over the line as efficiently and smoothly as possible. We advise our clients on a wide range of investment opportunities, including venture and growth capital, management buy-outs, management buy-ins, vendor-initiated management buy-outs (VIMBOs), and all necessary documentation.

Investing in another business

Whether you are an investor or a business owner seeking investment, we advise clients throughout the process, from the beginning stages of investment right through to final completion. We regularly engage with colleagues across the firm to advise clients on all aspects of the investment process, including relevant documentation and agreements, tax arrangements, share schemes and employee benefits, intellectual property, data protection and privacy issues, and employment issues.

Selling your business

If you are thinking about selling your business, it is important to plan ahead to consider the future and legacy of your business. We seek to fully understand our clients’ objectives and motivations for selling their business and provide support and advice on appropriate exit strategies, managing expectations at each stage of the process. We can advise on the main considerations for sellers, including tax considerations, employment issues, contracts, and collaboration post-acquisition.

Corporate Secretarial Services

MacRoberts can support your business with corporate secretarial services, including:

  • The preparation of board/member minutes, resolutions and general meeting minutes
  • Updating or drafting bespoke articles of association to suit the needs of the company
  • Assisting with updating or amending Partnership agreements
  • Drafting shareholder agreements
  • Ensuring that all routine statutory documentation is filed with Companies House
  • Assisting with the allotment and/or transfer of shares of the company
  • Assisting with any appointment/removal of directors or secretaries, and any changes to members of the Partnership
  • Hosting the Partnership's AGM and drafting the minutes/resolutions

Our latest corporate deals

Our corporate finance lawyers have been involved in some of Scotland’s most high-profile deals, spanning a large number of sectors and a wide range of deal values. These deals have involved clients at both ends of the spectrum, from large multinational PLCs to some of Scotland’s most exciting and ambitious start-ups.

Essential Dental Care

We acted for the shareholders in the sale of the entire issued share capital of Essential Dental Care Ltd, a private full-service dental practice, including cosmetic dentistry and facial aesthetics, based in Edinburgh, to The Real Good Dental Company Limited, a growing network of local dental clinics throughout Scotland.

Greenwood Moreland Insurance Brokers

We acted for the shareholders of Greenwood Group Holdings Limited, the parent company of Greenwood Insurance Consultants Limited, an independent insurance broker based throughout Scotland, in the sale of 75% of the share capital of the company to JMG Group Investments Limited, an investment company which forms part of one of the UK’s leading insurance brokers, the JMG Group.

Zenergi Group

Scottish advisers to Zenergi Group in its acquisition of DB Group (Europe), a utility management business specialising in energy, water and communications services for businesses.

Mark to Market

Acted for Mark to Market, an Edinburgh-based M&A data and analytics platform, in equity fundraising from Par Equity, 24Haymarket, Techstart and others.

Creation IP Limited

Acted for the selling shareholders in the sale of Creation IP Limited to Murgitroyd, an international practice of intellectual property attorneys.

Genius Brewing

Acted for Edinburgh based Genius Brewing Limited in several share issues to support their growth.

A&L Holiday Cottages

Acted for the buyer in the acquisition of the business of Highland Holiday Cottages based in the Cairngorms.

Dears Healthcare

Acted for Dears Healthcare Limited in its acquisition of Markinch Pharmacy.

Demon Cato

Acted for the selling shareholders in the sale of Demon Cato Limited (a manufacturing and electrical component manufacturer) to MetPro Limited.

Sumdog Ltd

Acted for management of Sumdog Ltd, a global B2B player in the edtech market with a strong presence in the US and Europe, in the sale of the company to eEducation Albert, a Scandinavian application-based education platform offering subscription-based digital education services for children aged 3-16 years.

Bell Group

Advised Bell Group, one of the largest painting, decorating and building maintenance contractors in the UK, in relation to its acquisition of the business of Mi-space (UK) Ltd, the property services division of the Midas Group.

Douglas Laing & Company Limited

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.

Mason Evans Partnership Holdings

We acted for the shareholders of Mason Evans Partnership (Holdings) Limited in relation to the sale of the entire issued share capital of Mason Evans Partnership (Holdings) Limited, an expert geo-environmental consultancy company based in Glasgow, and its subsidiary (Mason Evans Partnership Limited) to Construction Testing Solutions Limited.

Camarc Design

We acted on behalf of the shareholders of Camarc Design, a UK-based and one of Europe’s leading small craft design firms specialising in the design of seaworthy high speed boats, in the management buyout of the company to Camarc Group Limited.

Tillicoultry Quarries

We acted on behalf of Tillicoultry Quarries Limited, one of the UK’s leading suppliers of aggregates, ready-mixed concrete, mortar, render, gravel, asphalt, sands and sports sands, in the purchase of four new site locations from CEMEX UK Operations Limited, a global provider of construction materials.

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).

Heliex Power

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.

Orr Kerr Dykes

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.

Atlantic Investors (Scotland) Ltd

Acted for Atlantic Investors (Scotland) Ltd, a well-established independent financial advisory firm based in Glasgow, which provides a range of services to corporate and domestic clients, in the sale of certain of its assets to Capital Professional Limited (trading as Ascot Lloyd), a leading national firm of financial advisors.

AGL Wealth Management

We acted on behalf of the shareholders of AGL Wealth Management Ltd on the sale of the entire issued share capital to IWP Newco 1 Limited, a subsidiary of Independent Wealth Planners UK Limited.

Donaldson Construction Ltd

Acted on behalf of the shareholders of Donaldson Construction Ltd. on the sale of the entire issued share capital of the company to Donaldson Holdings (Scotland) Limited.

M&J Builders Merchants Limited

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.

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.

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Our Awards & Accreditations

  • In 2016, we became one of the first law firms in Scotland to become Living Wage accredited employers.

  • Winners of Corporate & Commercial Team of the Year and Family Law Team of the Year at the Scottish Legal Awards 2020.

  • Our Real Estate team won the Property Team of the Year Award at the British Legal Awards in 2018.

  • Winner of SME of the Year at the Scottish SME Awards 2017, hosted by Scottish Business Insider.

  • Highly Commended for Commercial Team of the Year at the British Legal Awards 2016.

  • We are a proud member of the Legal Sustainability Alliance, a network of law firms committed to working collaboratively to reduce our environmental impact

  • In 2019, MacRoberts achieved Cyber Essentials Plus certification, a UK Government entry-level information security standard. 

  • MacRoberts holds the ISO 9001:2015 certification for Quality Management, the most widely recognised quality management system standard in the world.

  • MacRoberts holds the ISO14001:2015 certification for Environmental Management, demonstrating our ongoing commitment to environmental awareness.

  • MacRoberts holds the ISO27001:2013 certification for Information Security, an internationally recognised security gold standard.

  • Business continuity is a critical element of the Business Management System at MacRoberts and we hold full accreditation with the ISO 22301:2012.

  • MacRoberts is a member of IP Inclusive, a network of intellectual property professionals working to make our community more equal, diverse and inclusive.

  • We are active members of the PRIME Programme – an organisation that focuses on ensuring a career in law is open to talent from all economic and social backgrounds.

  • MacRoberts supports the Scottish Business Pledge, a values-led partnership between Government and business that is based on boosting productivity and competitiveness through fairness, equality and sustainable employment.

  • We are supporters of the Partnership for Change, a network of organisations and individuals who share a common ambition to improve diversity on boards and in senior leadership.

  • MacRoberts is a Disability Confident employer, and are committed to disability equality across our firm.

  • MacRoberts fully supports flexible working practices and supports family-friendly working practices.

  • MacRoberts became a member of the Stonewall Diversity Champions Programme in 2018.

  • MacRoberts is a member of The Glass Network, Scotland's organisation for LGBT+ allied legal professionals.
  • MacRoberts is a longstanding member of Scotland Food & Drink, the leading trade association for Scotland's food and drink industry.