Record year for M&A at law firm Shepherd & Wedderburn

Andrew Blain hailed a record year for M&A deals at Shepherd & Wedderburn
Andrew Blain hailed a record year for M&A deals at Shepherd & Wedderburn
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Edinburgh legal firm Shepherd & Wedderburn has hailed 2015 as a record year for corporate activity as it closed nearly 100 deals with a total end value of £5.4 billion.

The firm also said in its latest corporate review that the early indications were that 2016 could outstrip that performance.

Andrew Blain, head of corporate at Shepherd & Wedderburn, said: “Our corporate practice has a strong track record in advising some of the country’s fastest growing and most agile companies, and has enabled us to close a significant number of high-value and complex deals in Scotland, the City and overseas during the course of 2015.”

He added: “Early indications of market activity so far this year suggest that the levels of activity experienced in 2015 look like being exceeded in 2016.”

Notable among the deals completed by the firm were FanDuel – one of Scotland’s two tech companies recently valued at more than $1 billion (£694 million) – in its $275m equity financing, and the sale of healthcare device maker Aircraft Medical to Medtronic for $110m.

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Energy and renewables were another area of focus for the firm, and it continued to act as lead adviser to REIF in relation to its significant equity and project finance investment into the MeyGen tidal array project.

The deal, seen as critical for the marine and tidal sector and Scotland’s profile as an innovator in the development of marine energy, was the world’s first commercially financed tidal project.