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Brisk start to 2017

Daily Business Deal Advisers Bulletin

Graham CunningCampbell Dallas Corporate Finance has reported a brisk start to 2017 after advising on six transactions in a similar number of weeks.

The deals involved due diligence and lead advisory work on five acquisitions and one sale, with Campbell Dallas acting for corporates, business owners and private equity firms.  

They were in a variety of sectors across the UK and one involved an overseas purchaser.

They included the acquisition of Neva by Fleet Alliance; acquisition of Stevenswood by Polyframe; acquisition of Nustyle by James Donaldson Timber; and the sale of Peach Digital to Webedia.

Graham Cunning, head of corporate finance, said: “We finished 2016 on a high and started off 2017 at a similar level with a variety of high profile and interesting deals.

He added: “Despite the unexpected events of 2016 and the continuing political and economic uncertainty, the environment for deal making remains favourable, so it is still a good time to sell or for investment, which augurs well for the remainder of the year.”

Andrew BlainLaw firm Shepherd and Wedderburn has recorded another busy 12 months in which the corporate team acted on over 72 deals spanning  12 sectors, including: energy and natural resources; media and technology;  life sciences; and financial services. Collectively, the value of these deals amounted to £5.7 billion. 

The firm has advised some of the country’s  fastest growing businesses, including FanDuel and TV Squared.

Andrew Blain, head of corporate, said: “2016 has been another good year, and also an interesting one for us. We have been able to work with a wide range of organisations — from large multinationals to owner-operated SMEs. 

“I am grateful to our clients for providing us with such a diverse mix of deals —  a blend of complex high value projects right through to those that are smaller and more straightforward in nature. 

“There continues to be a lot of uncertainty in the market. But despite this, we have a good pipeline of work in place at the start of 2017.”

David LeslieDavid Leslie, one of Scotland’s veteran dealmakers, has left PwC and has been replaced by Jon Shelley as head of the firm’s corporate finance business.

PwC said Mr Leslie left the business on 1 January to pursuefresh challenges after spending more than 15 years as a partner at the firm and its forerunner Price Waterhouse. Jason Morris has become Scottish Deals leader at PwC.

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