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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.

The following article appeared in Chemicals Northwest's publication, Elements (Winter 2013 issue):

Spotlight on chemical supply chains


Leading North West law firm Brabners has acted for Two Fingers Brewing Co. Ltd ahead of the launch of its new beer in aid of Prostate Cancer UK. The beer, named Aurelio, has been developed with the support of Prostate Cancer UK and launched nationwide in Tesco on 21 January with all profits going to Prostate Cancer UK.

Leading law firm Brabners has retained its position as the most active legal adviser by deal volume during 2013.

The Experian Corpfin Deal Review, which details advisor league tables, records the corporate team at Brabners as advising on 51 transactions in the North West. This is the second year Brabners has topped the annual ranking by deal volume. Brabners also advised on an additional 27 corporate deals elsewhere in the UK, ranking it seventh in the country.

Leading North West law firm Brabners has advised specialist agricultural and distribution business NWF Group plc on its acquisition of SC Feeds Ltd, a leading animal feed manufacturer based in Stone, Staffordshire.

The total consideration for the acquisition is up to £6.75m comprised of £6m in cash and up to £0.75m to be satisfied by the issue of new ordinary shares in NWF.

Leading North West law firm Brabners is celebrating after being named Legal Team of the Year at the Insider North West Dealmakers Awards 2013.

Brabners saw off competition from seven other law firms to win the prestigious title.  The award was presented to the firm last night at a ceremony in Manchester attended by more than 900 of the region’s most prominent dealmakers and businesspeople.