Business Insider and CMS Deals & Dealmakers Business Breakfast

6th March 2018, Mercure Ardoe House Hotel & Spa, Aberdeen

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Aberdeen and the north east remain as key locations for the deals market in both Scotland and the UK.

Once again Scottish Business Insider and CMS are hosting a business breakfast focusing on the climate for deal making in the North East of Scotland on March 6th.

The event, now in its fifth year, annually welcomes over 250 business professionals from across the country to the Mercure Ardoe House Hotel for an informative morning with ample networking opportunities throughout.

A guest speaker and expert panel will be participating in the event and topics up for discussion include:

  • What are the prospects for deals in the next 12 months?
  • Is this a good time to make acquisitions or sales in the energy industry?
  • How much should we consider the changing international environment in making deals?
  • Will we see more business owners seeking to make an exit?

The event is sure to attract the interests of deals professionals working both within the area and well beyond it.


Tom Faichnie

Founder and Managing Director, Hall Morrice Corporate Finance Ltd
Tom Faichnie - Speaker

Tom set up Hall Morrice Corporate Finance Limited in April 2017 after spending over 20 years working as a specialist corporate finance advisor in both the “Big 4” accountancy firms and one of the leading UK debt providers. Throughout his career, Tom has worked on several hundred transactions in size ranging from a few thousand pounds to several billion pounds and across multiple jurisdictions. This wide and varied experience is invaluable in supporting and advising SMEs on acquisitions and fundraising, primarily in the oilfield services sector.


Alan Barr

Head of Deals Aberdeen, PwC

Alan Barr - Panelist

Alan joined PwC in 1995 and has worked in their Deals business since 1998. He has specialised in Oil & Gas transactions since his move to Aberdeen in 2007, initially leading PwC's Transaction Services team in the city before recently taking on overall leadership responsibility for their Deals Practice in the North East. Alan has worked on transactions throughout the Oil & Gas industry in both the UK and overseas in a variety of buyside and sell side roles. He has worked extensively for both corporate and private equity clients.

Mary Campbell OBE

Founder & Chief Executive, Blas

Mary Campbell - Panelist

Mary is an international corporate finance specialist and NXD, working with owners, entrepreneurs and industry leaders to show them how to maximise the value of their businesses. Mary qualified as a CA with Ernst & Young and her CV includes being CEO of a Venture Capital Fund, CEO of two Strategic Advisory Firms, Director of the Investment Banking Arm of a Clearing Bank and NXD of several businesses. Mary currently splits her time between the Blas bases in Edinburgh (opened in 2002) and Manhattan (opened in 2012).

Frank Fowlie

Partner, CMS
Frank Fowlie - Panelist

Frank Fowlie is a corporate partner in the Aberdeen office of international law firm, CMS. Frank has extensive experience in all aspects of corporate work including mergers and acquisitions in the energy space including oil and gas service companies, upstream oil and gas companies and renewable projects together with cross-border transactions, reorganisations, restructurings, joint ventures and start-ups. During the last 12 months Frank has been involved in key transactions in the oil & gas and renewables sectors including the sale of Iona Energy to Decipher Energy Limited as well as acting on a large number of wind and solar deals both buy-side and sell-side. The CMS corporate team in Aberdeen has had a very active 2017 across the board including Helen Machin acting for BGF on investments into Front Row and Metropolitan European Transport.


7.15 Breakfast Reception, Registration & Networking

7.45 Welcome

8.00 Guest Speaker

8.25 Panel Discussion

8.45 Q&A

9.00 Closing Remarks

9.15 Coffee & Networking

*Please note timings are given as an indication and may vary at the event.

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To discuss sponsorship opportunities please contact Aileen Turnbull on:
0141 309 4909
[email protected]

More Info

For more information regarding this event please contact Laura Dunlop on:
0141 309 1491
[email protected]