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Brabners are delighted to have been nominated as ‘Best Legal Firm’ at the Specialist Finance Introducer Awards 2017 with corporate partner, Andrew O’Mahony heading the nomination.

The SFI awards recognise, reward and celebrate the best and brightest of the UK Specialist Finance Sector.

Furniture maker Tetrad, based in Preston for almost five decades, has been recently acquired by a NorthEdge Capital – backed counterpart.

Established 45 years ago, Tetrad specialises in the manufacture of quality sofas, chairs and stools and has annual turnover of £17m. Following the takeover by Belfield Furnishings, products will continue to be made at the Swan Street facility, using the finest materials available and will be sold through the existing sales channels.

Commercial law firm Brabners has advised NF Football Investments Limited on its acquisition of Nottingham Forest Football Club in a deal approved by the Football League.

NF Football Investments, led by Evangelos Marinakis, owner of Olympiacos Football Club in Greece, and business partner Socrates Kominakis, will acquire the entire share capital of Nottingham Forest Football Club for an undisclosed sum.

The deal provides an exit for current chairman Fawaz Al Hasawi, who has owned the club since 2012.

Solicitors from our Dentistry team, including team head Nicola Lomas, will be at the Dentistry Show, NEC Birmingham on 12 and 13 May 2017 and also the British Dental Conference & Exhibition, Manchester Central from 25 to 27 May 2017.

Nicola will be speaking at the Dentistry Show about the legal process of buying a dental practice. You can hear her presentation on 12 May at 13.30pm in the Business Skills Workshops area.

The UK Business Angels Association Northern Investment Summit recently met in Manchester, bringing together leading business angels, early stage venture capitalists and associated professionals to consider how to promote investments for ambitious, scale-up companies across the North.

Brabners Private Equity and Venture Capital team have advised Business Growth Fund on its £3 million growth capital investment into Sentric Music.

Launched in 2006, Liverpool headquartered Sentric Music works with more than 90,000 songwriters, providing music publishing, licensing opportunities and royalty collection services.

Business Growth Fund’s investment will assist in funding Sentric Music’s international expansion plans, product development and future strategic partnerships and acquisitions.

Brabners is pleased to welcome the formal launch of the Northern Powerhouse Investment Fund, a £400 million government backed fund, established to provide finance to SMEs located in the North of England. The new fund offers three different funding options for SMEs, micro finance (providing small business loans of £25,000 to £100,000), debt finance (providing larger business loans of £100,000 to £750,000) and equity finance (providing £50,000 to £2 million of equity funding).

Mark Rathbone, partner and member of the supply chain and logistics sector at Brabners, said: “The Spring Budget represents a real opportunity for the Chancellor to flesh out his plan for transport infrastructure investment. The government has stated that 1.2% of GDP will be set aside annually. What we need now is a clear outline of how this money will be spent nationally and where.

Commercial law firm Brabners has bolstered its corporate practice with the appointment of senior associate Nicola Whittle. Based in Preston, Nicola joins the firm from Stephensons Solicitors.

Nicola specialises in corporate, restructuring and insolvency work. She brings with her a wealth of experience, having acted for a range of corporate clients, from SMEs to large corporates, and has particular expertise in mergers and acquisitions, MBOs, joint ventures and retirement sales.

Commercial law firm Brabners has advised residential housing developer Redrow on the acquisition of Midlands-based Radleigh Homes.

Redrow acquired the business from a holding company, Ark Capital Group.

The deal will allow Redrow to expand in the East Midlands and establish a new division in the region.

John Tutte, chief executive of Redrow, said: "I’d like to thank Peter Gadsby, for the opportunity to acquire the business and I welcome the Radleigh Homes team to Redrow.