Dundas and Eversheds prime Clyde pumps sale

Dundas & Wilson and Eversheds snatched the lead roles as Scotland’s richest man sold a heavy pumps maker for £750m just four years after acquiring it for £45m.

Jim McColl, majority owner of Glasgow’s Clyde Blowers, bought Clyde Union Pumps in 2007. Some £40m has since been invested in the company, which was sold to US manufacturer SPX for a return of roughly nine times the total investment of £85m.

Some £700m of the sale price is in cash on completion of the deal, while a ­further £50m depends on Clyde Union Pumps’ future performance.

Dundas advised industrial investment fund Clyde Blowers Capital, fielding a team led by corporate ­partner Graeme Bruce.

McColl has engaged Bruce since 2007 on a ­number of deals, including the £48m acquisition of ­Glasgow-based Weir Pumps from Weir Group in 2007 and the $1bn (£61m) ­acquisition of the fluid and power division of US conglomerate Textron in 2008.

Dundas also advised on the establishment of ­Luxembourg-based private equity fund Clyde Blowers Capital.

North Carolina-based SPX turned to Eversheds corporate partner Nicholas Emmerson in London. ­Corporate partner Robin Johnson, who has an engineering focus, associate Richard Kyle and employee share scheme partner Mathew Gorringe also advised.

Johnson led the Eversheds team when SPX sold LDS Test and Measurement, its vibration testing and data acquisition equipment ­business, to Surrey-based Spectris for roughly $102m in 2008.