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If your company is planning to list or raise funds on a capital market or you are an adviser to a business in this area you will need legal advisers with technical and practical capital markets experience across a wide range of sectors, and the ability to work seamlessly with other professionals, both in the UK and overseas.
Our Quoted Companies team represents issuers, investment banks, investors and others on a broad range of equity and debt capital markets transactions. We have a particularly strong track record raising funds in the equity capital markets, including AIM, advising both mid-cap and smaller quoted companies and their sponsors.
Our lawyers handle the full range of transactions involving listed companies, including takeovers (whether by way of public takeover offer, scheme of arrangement or reverse takeover), mergers, acquisitions and disposals, as well as helping clients put in place innovative financing arrangements. We have advised on numerous complex cross-border transactions involving businesses and assets in the Americas, Africa, Russia, Eastern Europe, Australia, the Middle East, Far East and Asia.
Offering specialist and commercial advice, we operate across a spectrum of industry sectors, with particular expertise in technology, investment trusts and financial services generally, and natural resources.
The advice and support we offer doesn’t stop once a transaction has been completed. We are committed to ongoing relationships with all of our clients, offering ongoing strategic and practical advice as a company grows. Our corporate advisory work covers all the day-to-day issues affecting quoted companies, including advising on AGM and annual report related matters, while our corporate governance team handles a broad range of governance and compliance issues.
We are active supporters of the Quoted Companies Alliance (QCA) - the only organisation dedicated to representing the interests of quoted companies outside the FTSE 350. Our lawyers sit on a number of QCA technical committees, and work with the alliance to lobby the UK and European legislators on behalf of mid-cap and smaller companies.
Advised Powerday plc (as lead consortium member) on the acquisition of London Irish Holdings Limited. The transaction was structured as a two-stage acquisition: acquisition of a 52 percent stake from management followed by a Rule 9 mandatory offer under the Takeover Code to purchase the remaining shares.
Advised the controlling shareholders of Heritage Oil (a London listed company) on its proposed sale to the Qatari Royal Family for in excess of $1.5 billion. The transaction is structured as a full City Code takeover bid.
Advised MayAir Group plc on its admission to AIM, raising £16.2 million by a placing of new ordinary shares valuing the company at £55.2 million.
Advised Leyshon Energy Limited on its proposals to return capital of approximately US$15.4 million to shareholders and cancellation of the company's shares to trading on AIM.
Advised SP Angel Corporate Finance as nomad to Aquatic Foods Group plc’s admission to AIM, valuing the company at £79.3 million.
Advised Invesco Asset Management Limited, a controlling shareholder of PureTech Health plc in connection with the company’s placing and admission to the Main Market of the London Stock Exchange, raising £108 million, valuing the company at £363.3 million. Invesco retains a 33.5% stake in the company.
Condor Gold plc in connection with a strategic review announced in September including the implications of the resulting offer period and Rule 2.2 and 21 of the Takeover Code, and assisting in liaison with the Takeover Panel since that date.
Advised Mithras Investment Trust plc on its fourth tender offer pursuant to which the Company distributed approximately £6.1 million to shareholders.
Advised Mwana Africa plc in connection with a general meeting convened by the company following a requisition from shareholders, seeking amongst other things to replace the independent non-executive directors.