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Graeme Bruce

Partner

CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang LLP
1 West Regent Street
Glasgow
G2 1AP
United Kingdom
Languages English

Graeme Bruce is a partner in the Corporate department with over 25 years of experience as a corporate lawyer. He is consistently listed as a leading lawyer in the directories and specialises in a range of corporate finance work including IPOs, secondary share issues, fundraisings and public company takeovers and reverse takeovers as well as other M&A work acting for a wide range of fully listed companies, AIM companies, institutions and private companies.

He advises clients on constitutional and corporate governance issues, regulation and authorisation, mergers and acquisitions and demutualisations.  He also has extensive experience in large scale business process outsourcings and joint venture arrangements, constitutional matters, corporate reorganisations and restructurings. He has industry specific expertise in the energy sector, engineering, financial services and hotels and leisure sectors.

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"Clients find the ‘tremendously dedicated and professional’ Graeme Bruce to be ‘a most capable lawyer’

"Graeme's team at is a ‘commercial and practical’ team which many consider to be ‘the standout best [corporate group] in Scotland’,"

Legal 500

"A key partner in the central belt team, Graeme Bruce is valued by clients for his work in M&A, corporate restructuring and public issues."

Chambers UK

Relevant experience

  • Clyde Blowers Capital in its $1bn acquisition of its fluid and power division (comprising 4 separate complex businesses) from Textron Inc and the launch of £200m private equity fund and subsequently acting for CBC and SCF in the £750m sale of Clyde Union Group to SPX Corporation.
  • InterBulk Group plc an AIM listed multi modal transportation company in innovative cash box placing of shares on AIM for £18.5m gross to Sinotrans and subsequently in its takeover by Den Hartogh Holding B.V, effected by a scheme of arrangement.
  • Clyde Blowers Capital fund company Allrig Middle East DMCC in the acquisition of businesses in Dubai, Brazil and  Singapore from IRM International.
  • Smart Metering Systems plc an award winning AIM company on the acquisition of Utility Partnership Limited, a leading manager of electricity meters in the UK and provider of electricity connections, design, meter installation, data management and energy management services.
  • Sport Tiedje GmbH in its acquisition of Laidir Leisure Limited (trading as Powerhouse Fitness).
  • Land Securities plc and British Land in the complex sale of various UK and Jersey entities that owned the Bon Accord and St Nicholas shopping centres in Aberdeen for £198m and subsequently acting for LS in the £224m sale of Almondvale (Livingston) Limited and related site.
  • Smart Metering Systems plc in its multi award winning IPO and placing on AIM to raise £27m gross and subsequently on the acquisition of Utility Partnership Limited, a leading manager of electricity meters in the UK and provider of electricity connections, design, meter installation, data management and energy management services.
  • Kennedy Wilson Europe Real Estate Plc a premium Listed property company in its purchase of SABD Holding (UK) Limited the owner of the Fairmont Hotel St Andrews, Scotland.
  • Team Rock a international multi-media content creation and distribution business, in its acquisition from  Future plc of its music listening business including its rock brands Classic Rock and Metal Hammer, including all the brand extensions of the magazines alongside internationally famous branded events, The Golden Gods and The Classic Rock Roll of Honour.
  • Standard Life plc demutualisation of Standard Life and IPO on the Official List of the London Stock Exchange.  This was a hugely complex transaction involving the IPO of Europe's largest remaining mutual with a market capitalization of £115,900 million.
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Education

  • University of Edinburgh, Law, LLB
  • University of Edinburgh, Law, DiP LP
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Memberships

  • Member, Law Society of Scotland Company and Banking Law Committee.
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14 November 2017
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09 November 2017
Spot­light Series: Build­ing bet­ter Joint Ven­tures (Ab­er­deen)
Joint ven­ture deals are on the rise and this ses­sion will ex­plore the key prin­ciples that com­pan­ies should con­sider be­fore em­bark­ing on them. It will also cov­er the com­mon reas­ons why some joint ven­tures...
07 November 2017
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