Pinsent Curtis has been involved as advisers in the latest round of rail sell-offs. The firm advised Midland Bank which provided bond facilities in connection with franchises won by National Express to operate the Gatwick Express and Midlands Main Line services. Pinsents also acted for Singer & Friedlander merchant bank as sponsors and underwriters of two recent placings and open offers to fund multi-million pound acquisitions in the South East and Midlands. Singers sponsored an offer by Platignum to help fund the purchase of Abbey Storage and one by Symonds to finance the acquisition of Zlin Electronics. Eversheds acted for Platignum and Lewis Silken for the vendors of Abbey Storage. Wragge & Co advised Symonds and Eversheds acted for Zlin.