Business Insider and CMS Deals & Dealmakers Business Breakfast

5th March 2019, 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 5th just days before the UK’s departure from the EU is currently due to take effect.

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

The annual event takes the temperature of the transactions market providing insight and notable views from members of the dealmaking community in the north-east of Scotland, the central belt and much further afield.

Our keynote speaker Calum Paterson and expert panel including Frank Fowlie, Tracy Black, Gordon Steele and Bob Keiller will be participating in the event and just some of the topics up for discussion will include:

  • Building high growth technology companies
  • Current developments in private equity and venture capital

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


Cathy MacDonald

Cathy MacDonald - Host

Cathy Macdonald is a freelance bilingual broadcaster and producer from the Isle of Lewis. 

She currently presents a live daily features lunchtime programme, for BBC Radio nan Gaidheal, in her native Gaelic language, and is one of the regular presenters on the Religion and Ethics programme, Sunday Morning With, on BBC Radio Scotland. 

Her most recent television credits include live programmes for The Royal National Mod, to be held this year in Fort William, as well as BBC Alba’s hugely popular live New Year show, Ceilidh na Bliadhn’ Ùire. 

She fronts documentary and features programmes for the Gaelic Channel BBC Alba, through a number of independent programme makers, as well as regular contributions to BBC Radio Scotland features programmes.

Keynote Speaker

Calum Paterson

Calum Paterson - Speaker

Calum is Managing Partner of Scottish Equity Partners and has led the firm since co-founding it in 2000, working across its offices in London, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

He sits on the board of a number of SEP portfolio companies and was a member of the board of directors at travel-search company Skyscanner, prior to its £1.5 billion acquisition by Ctrip at the end of 2016.

In addition to his responsibilities at SEP, Calum is the current Chair of the British Private Equity and Venture Capital Association (BVCA) and sits its Council.

His roles both at Scottish Equity Partners at the BVCA give him a unique perspective of the environment for and trends within dealmaking in the Scottish and UK markets as well as further afield.


Frank Fowlie

Frank Fowlie

Frank Fowlie is a corporate partner in the Aberdeen office and heads up the corporate team in Scotland for 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 swap by ConocoPhillips and BP involving a corporate sale of a 16.5% interest in the giant Clair field in the North Sea and an oilfield in Alaska as well as acting for Buckthorn Private Equity in taking a majority stake in Coretrax, the Aberdeen-based oilfield services company.

The CMS corporate team in Aberdeen had strong 2018 across the board in deals including Helen Machin acting on the investment into Duncan and Todd by LDC and the sale of Centek Holdings to Madison Industries.

Bob Keiller

Bob Keiller

Bob Keiller CBE FREng CEng is former Chair of Scottish Enterprise, Entrepreneurial Scotland, Oil and Gas UK. He is also former CEO of Wood Group, Wood Group PSN and PSN. He spends 4 days each week, unpaid, helping organisations in the private, public and third sectors to grow and improve.

Tracy Black

Tracy Black

Tracy Black was appointed Scotland Director on 1 January 2018, having first joined the CBI as Deputy Regional Director for Scotland in April 2017.

Alongside a varied and distinguished career in the financial services sector, where she worked with top tier global financial institutions like Goldman Sachs International and UBS AG, Tracy has experience of working with a range of SMEs and entrepreneurial start-ups, particularly spin-outs from the higher education sector.

Tracy has also provided advisory services to a range of start-ups and financial services companies and is currently co-owner of Carter Vintners Limited, a company producing high quality Australian wines.

In addition to professional roles, Tracy has been actively involved in leadership and mentoring programmes, in particular working with school children, prisoners and ex-offenders. She also sits on the Board of Skills Development Scotland.

Gordon Steele

Corporate Finance Partner
Gordon Steele

Gordon is a Partner within the Corporate Finance Division of Anderson Anderson & Brown and primarily acts as a lead advisor in corporate finance deals. He is also Head of Transaction Support, leading the firm’s due diligence and valuation service offering.

Gordon’s expertise is in the delivery of acquisitions, disposals, debt and equity fund-raisings, valuations and due diligence for owner managed companies, international groups and private equity clients. He has transacted over 150 deals in a broad range of industries and has played a significant role in the development of the firm’s Corporate Finance Division having been key in the initiation and execution of a number of high profile, complex, oil and gas service company deals.


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

More Info

For more information regarding the event please contact Pamela Milligan on:
0141 309 1490
[email protected]