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Maclay Murray & Spens, the top Scottish firm, has lured Alastair Wyper back from Edinburgh merchant bank Quayle Munro.
Wyper was a senior assistant at Maclay Murray when he left the firm two years ago for a career in banking at Quayle Munro. He worked on corporate financings including acquisitions and disposals, management buyouts and capital raisings.
He now rejoins the firm as a partner in the company department and will be based at Maclay Murray's Edinburgh office.
Wyper says: "Going to a merchant bank was an exercise in getting experience of something different and it was a logical step to come back."
Magnus Swanson, head of company at Maclay Murray, says: "He was with us and went away on an adventure to be a merchant banker and now he's come back.
"He was doing corporate finance with a banking hat on rather than as a lawyer for his time away.
"He is an excellent character and we know him well and he's hopefully going to give us a commercial edge to his thinking as a corporate lawyer, which will be of great value to us.
"In terms of business judgement in a corporate role, he should add an excellent set of skills for us."
Maclay Murray managing partner Michael Walker says: "Alastair's appointment emphasises the continuing development of the Edinburgh office."