Client Testimonials

Macdonald Henderson advises on sale of Finlay Scotland Limited

Mr Morris Wightman (co-owner of Finlay Scotland) commented:

“When we came to instruct lawyers to work on the disposal of our company, we took great care about our choice. This was a milestone event, a once in a lifetime transaction for us and it was essential that our advisors could handle the sizeable transaction, negotiate terms on an equal footing with the buyer’s big firm advisors and communicate their advice to us in a clear and concise manner so that we understood the technical aspects of the transaction. It’s fair to say that Macdonald Henderson entirely justified their selection. Our transaction required their team to work long and hard over many disciplines, with a confident approach to negotiation and a keen commercial understanding of the relationship of the parties both pre and post completion. Macdonald Henderson worked well with our accountants Drummond Laurie to deliver the deal, and we would not hesitate to recommend them to anyone for future transactions".


Macdonald Henderson advises on MBO of Currie European Transport Group

About the role played by Macdonald Henderson, Mr Barrie commented:

“Macdonald Henderson, led by corporate director Fraser Morrison advised the seller group on the sale of the company to the management team. From the outset, I felt comfortable and well advised in the transaction.

The deal involved group assets across (three) jurisdictions and Macdonald Henderson represented the seller interests in a committed and dedicated fashion, liaising with (five) sets of lawyers in the process.

I am delighted with the service rendered and would recommend Macdonald Henderson in all respects”.


Macdonald Henderson advises Ground Level Up on the acquisition of Wandern Media

On Macdonald Henderson's work on the deal, the GLU commented:

“We were delighted to work with Macdonald Henderson on this transaction. Laura (Forrest) and Fraser (Morrison) provided high quality legal advice and transactional expertise and support, and we were very pleased with the outcome".


Macdonald Henderson advises The HALO Scotland on partnership with CGI

About Macdonald Henderson's role, Ms Macklin commented:

“Without the fantastic HALO projects legal team at Macdonald Henderson (and in particular Fraser Morrison) these Partnership announcements are not possible. I want to thank Fraser for all his hard work and effort on delivering yet another legal completion, which in-turn will create job opportunities for our communities in Ayrshire and Scotland".


Macdonald Henderson advises on acquisition of UK's Northernmost Brewery

In respect of the role played by Macdonald Henderson, Mr Morgan commented:

“Macdonald Henderson are a pleasure to work with. The team has a wealth of knowledge and experience and right from the start I was reassured by their enthusiasm and genuine desire to make sure the whole process went as smoothly as possible for us. Their advice and attention to detail ensured that our interests were always protected and despite the geographical distance involved, the lines of communication were always open and we were kept informed every step of the way. They have my deepest thanks”.


Macdonald Henderson advises Law at Work on Acquisition of Empire

About Macdonald Henderson's role in the transaction, Mr Magnus Swanson, Chairman commented:

David, Fraser Morrison and the rest of the team at MH provided the customary commercial, timely advice we required to complete this transaction while maintaining cordial terms with the vendors, two of whom were joining our board and becoming shareholders. This was a nice balance to strike and they did it very well.”


Macdonald Henderson advises Kained Holdings on Joint Venture with Greene King

About Macdonald Henderson, director Mr Scott Arnott commented:

“As this was such an important deal for us at Kained, we really had to make sure the advisors we used were at the top of their game. The joint venture is new to both Greene King and Kained and therefore we had to think about each point in detail with time always being of the essence. Fraser was able to summarise complex points in a way that allowed us to make the right decisions without getting tied up in knots over the details. We're really happy with the JV and look forward to working more with Macdonald Henderson in the future".


Macdonald Henderson advises Old College Capital on Shot Scope Funding

Old College Capital fund manager Ms Andrea Young adds:

“Shotscope is an exciting high-growth business based in Edinburgh and we were delighted to invest in this round.

We were delighted by the professional service delivered by Fraser (Morrison) and the Macdonald Henderson team. Their commercial approach and experience in the investment market resulted in a well-run project which completed on schedule and in a collaborative spirit.”


Macdonald Henderson advises Lethington Leisure on £10.5m Sale to The Brighton Pier Group plc

Mr Edward Dantzic, Chairman of Lethington Leisure, commented:

"Macdonald Henderson provided high quality legal advice and transactional expertise and support during the sale process and we were very pleased with the outcome. We look forward to working with the Brighton Pier Group to capitalise on the great potential of Paradise Island."


Macdonald Henderson advises on acquisition of Prontoport

About Macdonald Henderson's role, Mr Gavin McCallum commented:

“MH supported all legal aspects of this deal. The team were great to work with, were responsive to the deal timetable and provided sound advice”.


StoriiCare pitches to Sequoia Capital and hits fundraising trail

Mr Cameron Graham commented:

"We’ve used Macdonald Henderson as legal counsel for our investments to date - I’d recommend the firm to Scottish tech start-ups as a supportive, affordable and personable firm".


Macdonald Henderson advises on acquisition of Glenallachie Distillery

On the role played by Macdonald Henderson to date, Mr Graham Stevenson commented:-

“We were delighted to engage Macdonald Henderson to advise us on this transaction. Their knowledge and assistance in guiding us through the process was invaluable to us, particularly as matters became ever more complex as the transaction progressed. Their responsiveness and commitment was always excellent, particularly over the crucial period just prior to signing.”


Macdonald Henderson advises on the sale of Cobalt Water to Castle Water

Mr Andrew Robertson, Managing Director, commented:-

“Macdonald Henderson was introduced to the deal just as key commercial points were being agreed. Immediately the team (led by David Beveridge, Laura Forrest (both corporate) and Ian Anderson (property) committed themselves to the process and worked with the buyer’s advisors (Addleshaws Goddard) to close the deal within an ambitious timeframe.

In partnership with our accountancy and tax advisors Johnston Carmichael, Macdonald Henderson made it a priority to understand the workings of our business and deliver the deal, which represents a great outcome for the shareholders, employees and customers of Cobalt.”


Macdonald Henderson advises on the MBO of ACA Press Cutters Limited

Mr Dara Changizi commented:-

“The successful buy out could not have been achieved without the professionalism, expertise and diligence of David Beveridge and Alasdair Swanson of Macdonald Henderson, whose wealth of knowledge was invaluable to the process”.


Macdonald Henderson advises Old College Capital on Six Figure Krotos Funding

Old College Capital fund manager Ms Andrea Young commented:-

“We were delighted by the professional service delivered by Fraser (Morrison) and the Macdonald Henderson team. Their commercial approach and experience in the investment market resulted in a well-run project which completed on schedule and in a collaborative spirit.”


Macdonald Henderson appointed as legal advisor to Active Stirling

Chief Executive, Mr Andrew Bain commented:

“We are looking forward to working with Macdonald Henderson as we continue to grow and develop our business. We are sure their experience and expertise will be invaluable to us.”


Macdonald Henderson advises on completion of investment in Sport Careers

Sport Career's Director Mr David Chalmers said:

“The business has progressed at a significant rate since the addition of Gavin and David as Directors and the company has already added 3 new staff, new software and we are currently seeking out bigger office premises to continue our expansion. David Beveridge and his team at Macdonald Henderson have been fabulous in the professional counsel they have offered us during the investment process, as raising private equity is a new area for myself as a Director and their support has been greatly appreciated. We will have no hesitation in using Macdonald Henderson for any future legal requirements as the companies develop".


Macdonald Henderson appointed as Scottish counsel for Fraunhofer UK Research

Fraunhofer UK Rsearch's Executive Director, Mr Tim Holt commented:

“We are extremely pleased to be working with Macdonald Henderson for all our legal matters. We carefully chose a team of solicitors who matched our requirements, who are responsive to our particular needs and who provide a service which values the client and their business.”


Macdonald Henderson advises on sale of Semi Scenic to Ichor Systems Inc

Mr Don Nicolson, MD, Ichor Systems Limited (formerly Semi Scenic UK Limited) commented:

"Semi Scenic has used Macdonald Henderson from the inception of the business and the firm has provided excellent service on many different legal aspects. We are extremely happy with the way the deal was conducted and this was testament to the advice we received, Macdonald Henderson were there with us when we needed them and gave us 100% commitment".


Macdonald Henderson advises on sale of Wise Property Care Limited

Mr Les Meikle, Managing Director commented:

“Macdonald Henderson in providing a full legal service support in the sale of our business completed the circle with the seller as they also advised and supported in the purchase of the business some 20 years earlier.

The sale was made challenging by the short time frame required by the prospective purchaser and the fact that there were a range of issues such as property leases, software licences as well as the usual sale purchase agreement and due diligences to contend with.

What impressed most about Macdonald Henderson was the absolute commitment from the top down that they were going to ensure completion within the desired time frame despite what initially looked like an unrealistic expectation by the purchaser. Needless to say with such team commitment, they were in fact ready to complete when required.

MH also ensured that all dialogues between the seller, purchaser and various advisors were carried out speedily regardless of the time of day or encroachment of the Christmas/ New Year holidays.

Obstacles in particular were dealt with in a very common sense fashion to ensure the smooth flow of the project to completion.

I would be more than happy to recommend MH for their diligence, practicality and superb team spirit and leadership”.


Macdonald Henderson advises on sale of Alarmfast Supervision Security Systems Limited

Mr George Pollock and Mr William Jarvie commented:

"David and his team were assured, proactive and utterly committed to concluding our deal on the best possible terms. The transaction took a great deal longer to complete than anyone had anticipated, but Macdonald Henderson showed the necessary stamina and commitment to ensure that no detail was missed and that the transaction concluded successfully. Most impressive was the confident and commanding manner with which David and his team negotiated terms with “Big London Lawyers”.

We are deeply grateful for the level of service we received”.


Macdonald Henderson advises on purchase of The Saltire Group Limited

Mr Lewis Campbell and Mr Stephen Duncan commented:

"When the opportunity arose to acquire the business we did, we knew that we would have to act fast as the business would not be on the market for long. After a recommendation to meet with Fraser and David, we knew instantly that MH was the perfect fit for us. Their knowledge and understanding of the Pharma Industry set them apart and helped on many occasions to ensure the deadline was met.  Throughout the acquisition they acted with total professionalism and a sense of urgency that was comforting for us. They worked tirelessly round the clock to make sure the acquisition was completed on the deadline that was set.

Throughout the deal there was numerous set-backs from the sellers and from the complexity of the deal, MH's superb negotiation skills led to the deal completing on time. Going forward MH will be the only solicitors we will use on further business opportunities”.