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Quat-Chem, the Rochdale-based hygiene products specialist, has been acquired by Nasdaq-listed Neogen Corporation, in a deal advised on by Brabners and DTE.

Commercial law firm Brabners has advised The Dining Group subsidiary, State Bidco, on the acquisition of Hi-Life Diners Club (Hi-Life), the subscription-based dining membership club.

The business, which is being acquired from Hi-Life Group, provides consumers and business customers with exclusive, discounted dining offers at more than 4,000 restaurants across the UK and Ireland.

North West law firm Brabners last night won an award for Professional Services to the Maritime Sector. The award, from Mersey Maritime, acknowledges Brabners’ expertise in advising businesses and services working in and for the sector. The ceremony was held at Wallasey Town Hall on Wirral.

Denise Walker, partner at Brabners, said:

Corporate team completes 97 deals in 2015, a 23 per cent year-on-year increase.

Commercial law firm Brabners has been named the most active M&A legal adviser in the North West for 2015, having advised on 61 transactions throughout the region.

The rankings, published in an independent report by Experian, also place the firm’s corporate team seventh in the UK for deal volume, with 97 M&A transactions completed, a 23 per cent year-on-year increase in deal activity since 2014. The firm was also ranked joint second for deal volume in Wales.

Commercial law firm Brabners has advised office services provider Restore plc on the acquisition of the records management business of Wincanton plc for a consideration of approximately £55.7 million.

Restore is an AIM-listed company with North West facilities in Middleton, Manchester, Leigh and Bolton.

Commercial law firm Brabners has advised specialist agricultural and distribution business NWF Group plc on its acquisition of Staffordshire Fuels Limited, a 32 million litre fuel distribution business operating in Staffordshire and the West Midlands. This bolt on acquisition will increase NWF Fuel’s volume by 8% and will be earnings enhancing.

Staffordshire Fuels was established in 1996, operates a modern fleet of 7 tankers and is an approved supplier of Phillips 66 fuel, branded as Jet, based near Stone in Staffordshire.

Commercial law firm Brabners has maintained its position as the most active M&A legal adviser in the North West so far this year and one of the top ten most active in the UK, in an independent report by Experian.

During the first three quarters of the year, the firm’s corporate team has advised on 30 M&A transactions in the North West and a total of 57 M&A transactions across the UK.

Commercial law firm Brabners has announced the promotion of three Partners, six Senior Associates and four Associates across the firm.

Adrian Rogers (Corporate), Richard Hough (Commercial) and Leanne Murray (Real Estate) have all joined the partnership; Leanne has also been appointed as Head of Residential Development.

Corporate lawyer Adrian Rogers qualified with the firm in 2004 and has extensive experience in MBOs, MBIs, acquisitions, disposals, venture capital, corporate insolvency and corporate reorganisations.

Corporate team advised on 35 deals in first half of 2015.

Commercial law firm Brabners has been named the most active M&A legal adviser in the North West and the tenth most active in the UK, climbing seven places, for the first half of 2015 in an independent report by Experian.

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.

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