Expertise

Having now enjoyed more than 20 years as a transactional lawyer in the Firm's highly regarded corporate team, Andrew has become firmly established as a go-to adviser in the high growth sector, particularly in relation to retail and consumer and food and drink businesses. He provides advice on fundraising, growth by acquisition, strategic relationships, contracts, joint ventures and exits. The exits include public and private company mergers and acquisitions, management buyouts and equity capital market flotations.

Andrew is a leading member of the Firm's food and drink and pubs, bars and restaurants teams, which form part of the Firm's number one ranked retail and consumer sector team. He is also a leading member of the Firm's corporate finance and M&A teams. 

Andrew is also a Scottish Beer Awards judge and a member of Scotland Food and Drink's Brewing Industry Leadership Group.

Experience
  • From 2009 to date, acting as company secretary and quasi-general counsel to high growth company Genius Foods Limited, the leading gluten free bakery in the UK. This includes commercial work, fundraisings and acquisitions across multiple jurisdictions.
  • From start up in 2000 to date, working closely with the founders of The Capital Pub Company plc to achieve multiple fundraisings, flotation on AIM and then sale to Greene King plc for an enterprise value of £93m. Andrew's team continues to work closely with the founders in their latest venture, the City Pub Group, which was admitted to AIM in 2017.
  • From 2009 to date, advising Ramsdens Holdings plc on the rapid expansion of its business, including roll-out of stores from c30 units to c130 units. Andrew's team advised on the 2014 MBO of Ramsdens and more recently on the Group's admission to AIM in 2017.
  • Recent highlights from a very busy 12 months from a transactional perspective include advising the shareholders of each of Flow Hospitality Training and Parcel2Go.com on their successful transactions.   
Testimonials

"Andrew's approach is excellent. He has the ability to explain complex processes and transactions in a simple way, he is personable and he is very easy to work with"

 

Chambers UK (2019)

 

 

"Andrew Ley is praised for his 'solid, pragmatic advice'."
Chambers UK (2017)

"Leader in his field."
Legal 500 (2016)

Professional memberships
  • Law Society of Scotland
Education
  • LLB Law (Hons), University of Dundee
  • Diploma in Legal Practice, University of Dundee
  • Rijksuniversiteit, Leiden, The Netherlands
  • Year qualified - 1999