Herbert Smith enjoys a second Highland fling

Herbert Smith has just completed its second major deal for Highland Distillers in under a month.

The firm advised the Famous Grouse whisky distiller on last week's recommended £601.4m take-over by the 1887 Company.

1887 Company is an enterprise set up by the Edrington Group and William Grant & Sons. Maclay Murray & Spens and Dickson Minto acted for the respective companies.

Herbert Smith corporate partners James Palmer and Ben Ward advised on the sale with senior partner Edward Walker-Arnott, competition law partner James Quinney and employment partner Peter Frost.

Maclay Murray & Spens' 12-strong team was led by corporate partner Kenneth Shand.

Norton Rose mergers and acquisitions partner Laurence Levy and competition partner Martin Coleman advised on cash offers to be made by HSBC Investment bank and bank Noble Grossart.

The Dickson Minto team included corporate partners Bruce Minto and David Mitchell, and banking partner Colin McHale.

In August, Herbert Smith finished work on a £210m distribution company on behalf of Highland Distillers with Remys Cointreau and Jim Beam Brands Worldwide.

Remys Cointreau was advised by corporate partners Patrick Rignell and Alain Garnier at Linklaters & Alliance's Paris office.

Jim Beam Brands was advised by Edward Smith and Peter Ziparo of Chadbourne & Parke in New York.