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Burness Paull clinches prestigious dealmaking award

The market-leading credentials of commercial law firm Burness Paull were highlighted as it was named Legal Advisor of the Year at the 2018 Scottish Business Insider Deals & Dealmakers Awards.

The firm, which has already topped the table of corporate dealmakers in Scotland for the third year running, added the award to its collection at the annual black-tie ceremony in Glasgow.

The awards are based on deals completed in the fiscal year 2017/18, and the independent Scottish firm posted a record-breaking performance - advising on 296 publishable transactions with a total value of £42.8 billion.

Mark Ellis, Head of Corporate Finance at Burness Paull, said: “Our experienced and talented team have been involved in a huge range of exciting transactions throughout the year, from IPOs to M&A activity.

“The team has consistently delivered great value for clients in fields such as finance, capital markets, oil & gas, technology, private equity and owner-managed businesses.

“It’s been an outstanding year and we are very grateful to our clients for trusting us with their deals.”

Over the preceding 12 months the firm has advised on highly significant deals including: The Weir Group’s £89m acquisition of KOP Surface Products; AIM-listed Savannah Petroleum’s US$125m secondary placing and reverse takeover involving the principal business and assets of Nigeria based Seven Energy International; the sale of Maven Capital backed Crawford Scientific; Sterling Resource’s US$163m sale of its UK operating subsidiary to Orange-Nassau Energie; 1825 Financial Planning (Standard Life Aberdeen’s financial planning business) on its on-going acquisition strategy; Canada-based Kbro Inc on its acquisition of Fishers laundry services group; and Endless LLP’s acquisition of Arran Aromatics.

“With the tech sector fast-evolving and the oil and gas market continuing to recover at a steady rate we believe that we will continue to see a good flow of transactions coming through right across the Scottish and international markets over the next year,” added Mark. 

“The financial sector has been performing well and in addition to PE investments and exits we have also been involved in a good number of acquisitions by private equity backed companies in recent months.

“Recognition like the Deals & Dealmakers award really is the icing on the cake, we will definitely not be resting on our laurels and will look to build on this performance.”

06 September 18