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.

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

Brodies advised Whitby Seafoods in the acquisition of Dawnfresh Seafoods frozen scampi business and its associated assets.

Supporting leading manager of renewable energy funds

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.

Brodies acted as Scottish advisors for Longs Steel UK Limited (part of the Tata Steel UK group) in the sale of steelworks at Clydebridge, Rutherglen and Dalzell, Motherwell. The steelworks were sold to the Scottish Ministers and then immediately sold on to Liberty House as part of a Scottish government initiative (the Steel Task Force) to rescue the steelworks from closure. Brodies advised on Scottish real estate and corporate aspects, assisting Slaughter & May (London) as main advisors to Tata on the sale of their entire long steel business in the UK to Liberty House.

We advised Park’s of Hamilton (Holdings) Limited in the purchase of the entire issued share capital of Macrae & Dick, Limited, the long established and renowned Scottish Motor Group. This acquisition, supported by the Bank of Scotland, has expanded Park’s Motor Group, adding a further 12 dealerships to the group and increasing its representation of BMW, MINI Jaguar, Land Rover and Honda, as well as introducing new partnerships with Ford, Mazda and Toyota.