Lawyers clinch Canadian deal

Catherine Simister from DLA Piper and David Rollin, from Interfleet, (seated), with  Anna Grunwell and Rob McKie (standing third from the left) and Interfleet directors.
Catherine Simister from DLA Piper and David Rollin, from Interfleet, (seated), with Anna Grunwell and Rob McKie (standing third from the left) and Interfleet directors.
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Lawyers from Sheffield have helped to bring together Canadian engineering and construction giant SNC-Lavalin and a Derby-based international rail technology consultancy.

A team of lawyers from DLA Piper’s office in Sheffield advised the Derby firm, Interfleet Technology, on its acquisition by the Canadian group.

Interfleet’s managing director, David Rollin, praised the team, led by corporate law partner Catherine Simister and including Rob McKie and Anna Grunwell.

Mr Rollin said: “This was a complex cross-border transaction which required legal advice with both a local and international dimension. The DLA Piper team played a key role in ensuring that the acquisition met a successful conclusion.

“Interfleet and SNC-Lavalin have a complementary geographical reach and our company cultures and respective strategic plans are aligned. Together we will be able to provide an even wider range of resources, capabilities and services to our clients in future.”

Catherine Simister said: “We have acted for Interfleet since the UK rail privatisation in the mid-1990’s and it is hugely rewarding to have achieved the successful sale of the company. We work hard to put Sheffield on the map as a centre for legal excellence; this international transaction highlights the capabilities that exist in the City Region to conduct high profile legal work on a global level.”