Deal and testimonials

Our team is involved in a diverse range of corporate transactions and deals, from major M&A to clients growing through crowdfunding.

Here you'll find a selection of some of our deals over recent years.

We pride ourselves on building lasting relationships with those we work with, and know that we do a good job. But you don't have to take our word for it as you'll see from the testimonials which accompany these deals. 

If you'd like to find out how we could help you, please get in touch.

Donald Munro, Head of Corporate

Here's what we've done for them ...

Deal type: disposal

First Independent Finance Limited

Value: £400m (overall value)
Lead Partner: James MacGregor
Completed: November 2015

James MacGregor and Paul Macdonald advised on the sale of Scottish based broker, First Independent Finance Limited, to the LDF group creating an enlarged merged group which it is anticipated will provide £400m in finance annually, to both the corporate and professional sectors. The LDF group is backed by private equity fund Cabot Square, with the merged business creating the largest independent SME finance provider in the UK. Our team advised First Independent Finance Limited’s founder Allan Ross on all aspects of the transaction process.

The team at Harper Macleod were of invaluable assistance from inception to completion. Both James MacGregor and Paul Macdonald worked tirelessly to provide robust and pragmatic advice in a concise manner, which then served as a solid foundation upon which to make key commercial decisions. James and Paul’s professional approach instilled real confidence, making the road to completion smooth as a result.

Allan Ross, First Independent Finance Limited

Deal type: disposal

Laidir Leisure Limited t/a Powerhouse Fitness

Value: undisclosed
Lead Partner: Craig McKerracher
Completed: November 2015

We advised David & Nigel Webster on the sale of the entire issued share capital of Laidir Leisure Limited to Sport-Tiedje GmbH.
Laidir Leisure Limited, which trades as Powerhouse Fitness, was founded by David Webster (Senior) in 1980 and has nine stores nationwide, including two in Glasgow, one in Edinburgh and one in Aberdeen. 

It owns the successful Bodymax brand and is the longest established fitness equipment supplier in the UK market. The company reported turnover of £22 million in the financial year to June 2015.
The acquisition by Sport-Tiedje GmbH creates a combined group with an estimated value of around £63 million.
Harper Macleod LLP’s Corporate team advising on the sale was headed by Craig McKerracher (Partner) supported by Chris Kerr (Partner), with Corporate assistance provided by Amy Mackenzie (Solicitor) and Fiona Strang (Solicitor).
Specialist input on Employment, Intellectual Property and Real Estate aspects was led by Lesley Murphy (Partner, Employment), Scott Milligan (Associate, Employment), Jamie Watt (Partner, Intellectual Property & Technology) and Paul Greenhill (Associate, Real Estate) respectively.

Craig and the team at Harper Macleod, supported us every step of the way through the challenging process of successfully negotiating and completing the sale of our business.

Nigel Webster, Laidir Leisure