The sale and purchase of the Portland Hotels Group, owners and operators of five hotels – Edinburgh Capital Hotel, Edinburgh City Hotel, Pond Hotel (Glasgow), Huntingtower Hotel (Perth) and Speedbird Inn (Aberdeen Airport).
Brodies has helped Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire councils comply with new procurement regulations by providing a method of maintaining a central register of contracts for both local authorities using its BOrganised contract management system.
Under the Procurement Reform (Scotland) Act 2014, which came into force in April 2016, public bodies are obliged to maintain a contract register and publish key information from the register online as a statement of current and future opportunities for commercial partners.
Brodies has built on its strong relationship with transport company Abellio by acting as lead adviser on its sale of 40% of the Greater Anglia rail franchise to global conglomerate Mitsui & Co., Ltd. (“Mitsui”).
The transaction completed on 21 March 2017.
Mitsui has business interests in numerous different sectors, including infrastructure, integrated transportation systems, energy, and IT and communications.
Promethean UK Opportunities Fund II LP, the second fund managed by Promethean Investment LLP acquired a 50% stake in DSG Financial Services Limited, with existing shareholders and management rolling over for the remaining 50% in a newco acquisition vehicle. The target is a regulated business and accordingly completion was conditional upon FCA consent to the change of controller, the application for which was also coordinated by Brodies.
Two years of negotiations and work on a major fundraising for the first Borders based Scotch Malt Whisky. This included planning from inception, structuring the investment, coordinating the investors and in-house lawyers for the private equity funds, working with the corporate finance house, acquiring the site, construction, planning, tax and other elements.