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Commercial law firm Brabners has hired two new partners adding expertise to its corporate, real estate and specialist energy teams as part of an ‘aggressive talent acquisition strategy’ to support its growth plans.  

The two new hires are Mark Whiteside, who joins the firm’s corporate team from KPMG, and Claire Petricca-Riding, who has been appointed as Head of Planning and Environmental Law.

Strong start to 2015 sees North West firm ranked in top ten most active M&A legal advisers in the UK

Commercial law firm Brabners LLP has achieved a 21 per cent year-on-year increase in the number of deals completed by its corporate team in the first quarter of 2015, despite an overall drop-off in the UK M&A market.

North West corporate advisory firm Frazer Hall and North West law firm Brabners have advised the shareholders of John Artis Limited on the sale of 70% of the business to German company, BHS tabletop AG for an undisclosed sum.

North West law firm Brabners has made up one Partner, five Senior Associates and two Associates in its annual round of promotions.

West Coast Investors, which seeks to introduce potential private investors and successful entrepreneurs to businesses needing funding and business experience, launched on 20 May. 50 people attended the launch event, including a substantial number of high net worth investors companies who were attending with a view to becoming part of the investor group.

The West Coast Investor Network, a network which will seek to introduce businesses needing funding and experience with potential private investors and successful entrepreneurs, is launching in the region this week.

Law firm Brabners and corporate finance firm Brabners Stuart have initiated the formation and launch of the network in collaboration with the Liverpool LEP, Merseyside Special Investment Fund, Investec, Spark Impact, Seneca and Acceleris Corporate Ventures, University of Liverpool and Liverpool John Moores University.

Tony Harper, a Partner at North West law firm Brabners, has been appointed as Secretary of Eurolegal.

Eurolegal is a network of 23 independent law firms, including Brabners, who work together on cross-border transactions and other multi-jurisdictional casework. The network has member firms from across Europe as well as the USA, Hong Kong and Japan.

In today’s Budget, a number of measures were announced to show the Government’s commitment to support all UK businesses in investing for the future.  The measures included:

Leading North West law firm Brabners has advised AIM listed Jaywing plc on the acquisition of Epiphany Solutions Limited for a transaction value of £18 million.

Jaywing, a UK-based digital communications company, said the acquisition of Epiphany, a search marketing agency based in Leeds and London, will strengthen its performance in search marketing and increase its use of “Big Data” science in powering highly creative multi-channel marketing activities.

Leading North West law firm Brabners has advised independent cable TV and broadband provider Smallworld Fibre on its sale to Virgin Media for an undisclosed sum.

Lancashire-based Smallworld serves 40,000 homes in western Scotland and north west England, delivering broadband and landline phone services to customers in Irvine, Dreghorn, Troon and Kilmarnock as well as Carlisle, Lancaster and Morecambe.