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Scottish firm Dundas & Wilson is set to launch a corporate-focused office in Aberdeen.
Corporate partners Douglas Crawford and David Davidson will head the new office and will be joined by senior associate Helen Machin. All three will relocate from Edinburgh.
The exact launch date of the base is not yet known as the firm is still tying up the property deal for its new offices.
The new office will, at first, focus solely on the corporate market, but the firm aims to build a team of lawyers to deal with wider issues in time. Dundas & Wilson is already active in the Aberdeen market, mostly in oil service-related corporate deals, like M&A, management buyouts, management advisory instructions and private equity mandates.
In a statement, Davidson added: “Both Doug and I have worked on a number of transactions on behalf of clients based in Aberdeen and the North East or involving Aberdeen companies and we appreciate what a dynamic and exciting market it is. As a firm, we recognise the importance of establishing a permanent and properly resourced presence in the city.”
Dundas & Wilson also has offices in Edinburgh, Glasgow and London. Earlier this month the firm hired a five-strong banking team from Stephenson Harwood in London (18 January 2011).
The news comes as Aberdeen firm Ledingham Chalmers opens a new office in Stirling, targeting agriculture and private client work. The 24-partner firm already has offices in Edinburgh and Inverness.