Vialex leads on deals and hires key adviser

Scottish legal services firm Vialex has completed a string of deals and announced a key hire as it continues to grow its transaction services division.

The Edinburgh-based practice has advised on the sale of Solid Form Solutions, a contract research company in Penicuik, to Avista Pharma, headquartered in Colorado, US.

Greig Williamson, who has joined Vialex as a legal director from CMS where he was a partner, led on the deal.

Recently appointed Vialex legal director, Andy Lowe, 47, has also just completed two deals involving crop specialist Cefetra, based in Glasgow.

Cefetra, a subsidiary of the German company BayWa, has acquired speciality trader Premium Crops, which operates from Winchester.

Cefetra is one of the UK’s premier agricultural businesses, trading over 4 million tonnes annually.

Premium Crops is the leading provider of premium and specialist crops in the UK.

Commenting on the acquisition of Premium Crops, Cefetra managing director Andrew Mackay, said: “We will be able to further diversify our portfolio in the speciality markets offering both the farmers in the UK and our customers across Europe an even wider range of products and services.”

Mr Lowe also acted for Cefetra in the purchase of the forward book of grain trader Dalmark in Peterborough.

The deals will bulk up the revenue stream of Cefetra, which operates from Glasgow’s King George V Dock.

Mr Lowe said: “It was great to work with Andrew Mackay and his colleagues in Rotterdam, Glasgow and Munich and to continue to support Cefetra’s expansion.”

The practice also acted as lead sell-side legal adviser in the sale of Endura, the Livingston-based cyclewear business, to Pentland Brands, the owner of brands such as Berghaus, Speedo and Canterbury, which was announced this week.

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