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Derek is a partner in the corporate group. He has over 25 years' experience in corporate transactions. This includes:

  • mergers and acquisitions
  • disposals
  • acting for companies in receipt of private equity
  • acting for private equity investors
  • joint ventures
  • group re-organisations

Many such transactions have involved international elements. 

He has a strong focus in both renewable energy and the oil services sector. Derek has advised clients (both utilities and investors) on numerous acquisitions and disposals of both operating windfarms and windfarm development projects. He has also advised Oslo listed Aker Solutions AS on the acquisition of Enovate Systems, the disposal of the UK elements of its well intervention business and its de-merger to form Aker Solutions AS and Akastor AS.

Derek has also advised Strathclyde Pension Fund on a multitude of private equity, renewable and infrastructure investments with a total commitment value in excess of £1.5 bn.

Clients recall: "Derek was able to simplify and express complex legal issues in layman's terms. He is very professional and supportive."

Chambers UK 2020

Chambers & Partners stated that he is "very competent"

Chambers UK 2019