Vialex, the Scottish legal services firm, has signalled the expansion of its transactions business with the hire of another leading corporate lawyer.
Andy Lowe, who has been a partner with Maclay, Murray & Spens since 2013, is an M&A specialist with significant corporate, commercial and investment funds expertise across a variety of industry sectors.
He joins Edinburgh-based Vialex as a legal director and his principal role will be to lead and manage transactional M&A workflows, and support business development and other activities.
His specialisms include M&A, private equity, joint ventures, corporate restructures, capital raisings, investment funds and general corporate and commercial matters.
His appointment follows the recent announcement by Vialex of its planned expansion south of the border and the launch of a new animated website www.vialex.co.uk
Keith Dinsmore, co-founder and director of Vialex, said: “Andy is a key hire for the business. He will deepen and strengthen the existing transactional services bench.
“We have been looking for the right person to provide additional senior level M&A support to our growing client base and to help drive business development initiatives. Andy fits that role perfectly.”
Mr Lowe has worked in a range of sectors including food & drink, energy & resources, life sciences & biotechnology, transport & infrastructure and golf & leisure club establishment.
He has acted for several blue chip clients including Aberdeen Asset Management, Baxters Food Group, Carlton & United Breweries (Foster’s), ANZ Bank and Waitrose, as well as for numerous smaller enterprises, including family-owned businesses and early stage biotechnology companies.
He has considerable overseas experience gained in Australia and the Channel Islands. He is admitted as a solicitor in Scotland, in England & Wales, and in the Australian states of Victoria and New South Wales. He is also an Advocate of the Royal Court of Guernsey.
Mr Lowe commented: “I have admired greatly the fresh approach of Vialex to the legal market and I am delighted to be joining such an innovative and forward-thinking business. I look forward to contributing to the continued growth of the firm with a top-quality team of like-minded colleagues.”
Vialex has doubled in size to a 30-strong team of specialists in two years on the back of a strong and growing corporate client list.
Among clients are the online retailer Atterley, the brewer Innis & Gunn, Marlow Foods (owner of Quorn), the independent distiller and blender Loch Lomond Group, the technology firm PureLiFi and data analytics company, Veropath.
Vialex has enjoyed a strong period of transaction activity. The firm recently acted for the principal shareholders of Glasgow based company, Compound Semiconductor Technologies, in its sale to Sivers, the listed Swedish company.
It also advised the shareholders of Spencerfield Spirit Company, owner of Edinburgh Gin, on its sale to Ian MacLeod Distillers, and acted for the shareholders of Argentis, a south east England based wealth management business, in its sale to Arthur J Gallagher & Co.