Simon Rae

Simon Rae


Simon Rae has considerable experience of a wide range of UK and cross-border corporate transactions including acquisitions and disposals (with a particular focus on private equity related transactions), fund raisings (both private and public), restructurings and reorganisations, and joint ventures.

Simon is the office managing partner of our Scottish business and leads the corporate team in Scotland. He is also a member of the UK management team.

Professional QualificationsAdmitted as a Solicitor with the Law Society of Scotland


  • Acting for BrewDog on the £213m sale of a 22.3% stake to private equity firm TSG Consumer Partners
  • Acting for First Reserve on the institutional buyouts of Rigmar Services Limited and Interocean Marine Services Limited
  • Acting for Energy Ventures on the institutional buyouts of Aquaterra Energy Limited and Enpro Subsea Limited
  • Acting for Vespa Capital on the management buyout of Interactive Meetings Limited and Lumi Technologies SASU
  • Acting for Scottish Equity Partners, Hermes Private Equity and the Environmental Energy Fund on the institutional buyout of Anesco Limited
  • Acting for Ivanhoe Cambridge on the disposal of St Enoch's Centre Unit Trust and related entities to Blackstone
  • Acting for the vendors on the disposals of Red Spider Technology Limited and Intelligent Well Systems Limited to Halliburton
  • Acting for the vendors on the disposal of Meta Downhole Limited to Schlumberger
  • Acting for the vendors on the disposal of Random 42 Limited to Graphite Capital
  • Advising MeadWestvaco Inc on its global group reorganisation and capital reduction programme
  • Advising for Moody’s Corporation on its European group reorganisation and debt restructuring
  • Strathclyde University, LLB (Hons), 1994
  • Strathclyde University, DiP LP, 1995


  • Inducted into the Legal 500 Hall of Fame for continued excellence in the area of Corporate and Commercial
  • Ranked as one of only six Band 1 individuals for Corporate M&A Scotland by Chambers & Partners 2018, and recognised as a Leading Individual for Corporate and Commercial Scotland by Legal 500 2017
  • Market commentators say he is "easy to work with and good technically." - Chambers & Partners 2018