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Leading North West law firm Brabners has advised Shellproof plc on the acquisition of the Gusbourne Estate English sparkling wine business for £7 million announced today.

 The deal is funded by a £2.85 million placing, £2 million of Barclays Bank debt and existing cash reserves and constitutes a reverse takeover of Shellproof.  Shellproof plc will be re-named Gusbourne plc as part of the deal.

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

Property law expert Matthew O’Brien has been promoted to Partner. Matthew has been with Brabners since 2003 when he joined the firm as a trainee. Matthew acts for a range of investors, landlords and tenants from across the commercial property sector and specialises in transactions in the industrial and logistics sector.

Leading North West law firm Brabners has advised Pamarco Technologies LLC on the acquisition of Absolute Engineering Limited for an undisclosed sum.

Pamarco Technologies manufactures and distributes components for the printing industry. For over sixty years, Pamarco Technologies’ anilox and rubber rollers have been performing in printing presses all over the world. The US-based company has its European office in Warrington, Cheshire.

Leading law firm Brabners has been named as the most active legal advisor by deal volume in the North West in the first six months of 2013.

The Experian Corpfin Deal Review, which details advisor league tables, records the corporate team at Brabners advised on 21 transactions in the North West – ranking it first based on the number of deals done. Brabners also advised on an additional 10 corporate deals elsewhere in the UK, ranking it fifth in the country.

Leading North West law firm Brabners has advised Bristow Helicopters Limited on its sale of 50% of FB Heliservices Limited to Cobham plc for £74 million announced today.

Bristow is the leading provider of helicopter services to the worldwide offshore energy industry in addition to providing search and rescue services in various countries across the world. Earlier this year it was awarded a 10-year contract to run the UK Search and Rescue helicopter service from 2015.

Leading North West law firm Brabners has advised Better Bathrooms on a £10m investment deal from the Business Growth Fund (BGF).

Better Bathrooms, the Lancashire-based company founded in 2001 by Colin Stevens, has a significant online presence and three showrooms in Wigan, Warrington and Manchester. Mr. Stevens plans to create 500 jobs over the next five years, following the investment.

BGF has taken a minority stake in Better Bathrooms and introduced Paul Gilbert, the former finance director of Matalan, who has joined the company as non-executive chairman.

North West law firm Brabners has advised NRL Group Limited on the acquisition of the entire share capital of Petrolic Consultants Limited for an undisclosed sum.

Established in Cumbria in 1983, NRL Group is a privately owned recruitment and technical services business. The company’s expertise covers a wide range of industries, including automotive, chemical, oil and gas, telecommunications and utilities.

The acquisition of Surry-based Petrolic Consultants is in line with NRL Group’s strategy to expand its business in the oil and gas recruitment sectors.

Brabners Chaffe Street acted on behalf of J. Murphy & Sons Limited on its acquisition from the administrator of key elements of the Land and Marine business of Land and Marine Project Engineering Limited which went into administration on Wednesday 15 May 2013. These include the trading name, plant assets and a number of existing contracts.

Leading North West law firm Brabners Chaffe Street has strengthened its corporate law expertise with the appointment of Andrew Millar as a Partner in Manchester. 

Leading North West law firm Brabners Chaffe Street has advised Restore plc on the acquisition of File and Data Storage Limited, a subsidiary of UK wide office services group OfficeTeam, for an initial £6.1 million and a placing by Restore to raise up to £7 million, both announced today.

File and Data is a provider of document management services, with five archive storage facilities across the UK including one in Heywood, Lancashire.

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