THE CORPORATE team at leading law firm Shoosmiths has announced the appointment of two talented legal directors and two new associates across its Edinburgh and Glasgow offices, as the corporate division in Scotland further strengthens to service growing client demand, including from technology businesses in Scotland, the UK and overseas.
The team led by Alison Gilson, corporate partner and head of the Edinburgh office has advised on £150mworth of deals since January this year alone. This has included a number of transactions for clients operating businesses in the technology sector or which are focused on utilising cutting edge green technology.
Alison, who has increasingly carved out a niche for her legal expertise in the green tech sector, has recently advised long-standing client Extreme E, the international all electric off-road racing series, on a range of corporate matters including various international equity funding rounds. Alison also advises the E1 Series, most recently on a further fundraising round, enabling it to proceed with its launch of the world’s first-ever electric boat racing championship.
The corporate team has also advised on a seed funding round into Scottish tech start-up Ember Core Ltd with an ambitious business focused on delivering electric public transport in Scotland. Engine B, a digital tech company specialising in AI and digital analytics for the professional services industry, has also been supported on a further round of investment.
Reflecting the diversity of the tech sector, this year has also seen Shoosmiths act for Entrotec Limited in the sale of its entire issued share capital to CAME BPT UK Ltd within the security, access and fire safety space.
The team has also advised on two significant international transactions within the education technology (edtech) sector, including acquisitions for Sandbox & Co in Brazil, Spain and the US.
Kimberley Goh, a successful corporate lawyer with over 14 years’ transactional experience at Dentons (formerly Maclay Murray Spens) has joined Shoosmiths’ corporate team in Scotland as a Legal Director. Based out of Shoosmiths Glasgow office, her appointment will further assist with the growing demand for Shoosmiths corporate expertise and the recent expansion of Gilson’s team into Glasgow.
Jen Paton also joins Shoosmiths this month as a Legal Director in Edinburgh. Having previously worked at the firm for over 10 years, Jen left to pursue her career for a couple of years at Shepherd & Wedderburn and has chosen to re-join the team at Shoosmiths at this exciting time in its growth.
Their respective experience and talent further underlines the strength of Gilson’s corporate team, one that is focused on delivering a healthy pipeline of activity that includes deals, acquisitions and new funding rounds for local, national and international clients.
Alison also welcomes two new associates to the Scotland corporate team. Morgan Trigg is qualified at the New York bar and as an English law solicitor with experience working in Luxembourg. She has chosen the Shoosmiths’ corporate team in Scotland to further develop her career from Edinburgh whilst continuing to gain exposure to international work. Aadil Anwar is due to join the team in Edinburgh later this year from Thorntons’ corporate team in Dundee.
Alison commented: “I am very pleased to welcome Kimberley and Jen as legal directors and Morgan and Aadil as new associates to our corporate team in Scotland. I know they will all make a positive contribution to our growing and talented teams based across the Central Belt.
“The year to date has seen the corporate team in Scotland record strong results, including advising businesses within the edtech and electric transportation sectors. We have impressive credentials from providing a strong client base with clear and impactful corporate advice and I am very confident that we are in a terrific position to record an equally impressive number and value of deals into 2023.”