Deals summary

Mayer Brown Rowe & Maw (Richard Page, Fiona Holland) advised Herald Ventures as underwriter to a £2.32m placing and open offer by Manpower Software. Manpower advised by Gouldens.

Middleton Potts (David Rabagliati) advised Chinese state-owned company China National Cereals Oils & Foodstuffs Import & Export Corporation in the negotiation and conclusion of a $20m (£13.8m) contract for the procurement of machinery for a rice processing plant in the Jiangxi province. Buhler BmbH of Germany, one of the machinery vendors, was advised in-house. Uruguayan vendor CSI Ingenieros advised by Perez del Castillo-Navarro-Inciarte-Gari in Montevideo, Uruguay.

Macfarlanes (Ian Martin) advised Virgin on the establishment of Virgin HomePhone, a joint venture with London Electricity. London Electricity advised by Denton Wilde Sapte.

Wragge & Co (Andy Stylianou) advised Aberdeen Murray Johnstone Private Equity on its £3.6m investment into Astraeus, the UK's newest charter airline. Astraeus's management team advised by Blake Lapthorn.