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.

Sale of 152-year-old family business to one of the world’s largest coffee roasting companies

Matthew Algie, the Glasgow-based coffee roaster, has a proud 152-year history and had been family-owned since it was established in Greenock in 1864.

Brodies Corporate has advised in the sale of Rockwell Solutions Limited, a Scottish-based food packaging developer and manufacturer to Sappi group of South Africa. Sappi is one of the world’s leading producers of speciality papers and carton board with a strong presence in meeting the increased global demand for sustainable barrier paper solutions.

Brodies advised City Facilities Management Group in the purchase of the Lesprit group, which trades as Maintenance Management Limited in the UK and Atrium Maintenance France in Europe, from Lloyds Development Capital (LDC). Through this acquisition, City, one of the world’s largest and leading, privately owned facilities management providers, has now extended its footprint into Europe, in addition to strengthening its existing business in the UK.

Brodies acted for Tristan Capital Partners in their sale to Credit Suisse of the Cuprum building in Glasgow, which has  99,588 sq ft of sought-after grade A space. The deal is reported as being the largest office deal in the city since the EU referendum.

The deal was structured as the sale of a Jersey property unit trust (JPUT).

Brodies advised on the sale of Axiom Process Limited (Axiom) to National Oilwell Varco. Axiom is an oil field services company focussing on solids control, they have developed patented shale shaker technology which is deployed internationally.
 
A complex deal, involving a significant pre-sale reorganisation, an extensive portfolio of IP and a complex earn out structure.
 

We advised the shareholders of CMS Enviro Systems limited on forming a new special purpose vehicle, CMS Acquisition Company Limited, to buy the entire issued share capital of CMS, with LDC taking equity in the new company.

Advising Parsons Peebles Group on the transformational acquisition of Anstee & Ware, and Ferguson Marine Engineering in its acquisition of the businesses of MacKellar Sub-Sea and Tritech Nairn