David Hicks, Partner
David specialises in corporate advisory, corporate finance and transactional work, particularly within the financial services and wealth management sectors, and for investment trusts.
AboutDavid advises both institutional and independent clients on constitutional and governance arrangements, restructuring, mergers & acquisitions and raising funds. He specialises in corporate advisory, corporate finance and transactional work, particularly within the financial services and wealth management sectors, and for investment trusts. His work for quoted companies includes leading the firm’s corporate compliance, annual reporting and general meeting work for listed clients and advising investment trusts on fundraising and other matters.
David advises listed, AIM traded and other public and private companies on various company law and compliance matters, including in relation to the Companies Act 2006, Listing Rules, Disclosure and Transparency Rules, UK Corporate Governance Code and AIM Rules. David acts for a number of Limited Liability Partnerships on structuring, constitutional and governance arrangements, particularly within the wealth management sector. He has advised on strategic and complex restructuring and transactional matters for wealth managers, insurers, insurance brokers and other authorised firms and individuals, both within the UK and internationally.
David is a member of the Law Society’s Company Law Committee, the Quoted Companies Alliance Legal Expert Group and the Quoted Companies Alliance Corporate Governance Expert Group. He is actively involved in various legal developments within the UK and Europe, including the PSC Regime and Prospectus Regulation.
David is admitted to practise in England and Wales.
- Disposal of Crown Agents Bank and Crown Agents Investment Management, which provide financial services to facilitate development, trade finance and investment management for governments, NGOs and financial institutions, to Helios Investment Partners
- Disposal of the majority of the life assurance business of Ecclesiastical Life Limited to Engage Mutual Assurance through a court sanctioned scheme under Part VII of the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000
- Insurance brokers: work has included the strategic acquisition by Ecclesiastical Insurance Group plc of insurance broker Lycetts Holdings Limited, and acting for Belmont International on its sale to Arthur J. Gallagher & Co
- Wealth and investment managers: work has included both constitutional and transactional advice, including the sale of Mayfair Capital Investment Management to Swiss Life and the sale of Heartwood Wealth Group to listed Swedish bank, Svenska Handelsbanken
David Hicks writes for Tax Journal on debt releases between companies with common shareholders
The current trading environment is causing many companies to consider releasing wholly or partly recoverable inter-company debts.
Charles Russell Speechlys advises Dalton Capital (Holdings) Limited on its sale to Polar Capital Holdings Plc
This acquisition has a strong strategic rationale for Polar Capital with its growth and diversification strategy.
Corporate Governance and Insolvency Act 2020
Aid provided under the Act to companies holding shareholder meetings during the pandemic was extended to 30 December 2020, but what next?
Public Company Update - November 2020
The November 2020 edition of our biannual Public Company Update.
Bad AGMs (and how to avoid them): January 2020
In case you missed it - we provide essential tips to help avoid those difficult AGMs that no one wants to experience from our 2020 mock AGM.
Public Company Update: November 2019
The November 2019 edition of our biannual Public Company Update.
Senior Managers and Certification Regime on 9 December 2019
All FCA regulated firms will become subject to the Senior Managers and Certification Regime (SM&CR) on 9 December 2019.
Charles Russell Speechlys advises Moore Stephens International on its global brand protection project, rebrand and corporate restructuring
Charles Russell Speechlys advised Moore Stephens International Ltd on its global reorganisation operated through Moore Global Network Ltd.
Charles Russell Speechlys advises Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of Bahrain on the formation of BNet BSC
The culmination of a ground-breaking three year project which will transform the telecommunications landscape of the Kingdom of Bahrain.
Charles Russell Speechlys advises Grant Thornton UK LLP on the sale of their wealth advisory business
1825 is Standard Life’s wholly owned financial planning and advice business.
Bad AGMs (and how to avoid them): January 2019
In case you missed it - we provide essential tips to help avoid those difficult AGMs that no one wants to experience from our mock AGM.
Charles Russell Speechlys cautiously welcomes the Government response to the UK Limited Partnership Law Form Consultation
The Department for BEIS has published its response to the April 2018 Consultation on the reform of UKLP law.
Public Company update - November 2018
Welcome to the November edition of our biannual Public Company Update.
Governance within FCA regulated firms
We highlight the impact that the FCA’s approach to culture and governance has in our work on governance with our regulated clients
Charles Russell Speechlys advises Turner Parkinson on its sale to Knights
Charles Russell Speechlys has advised independent business law firm Turner Parkinson LLP on its acquisition by Knights 1759.
Corporate Governance: one size does not fit all
We unpack the recent and impending developments in corporate governance codes.
FCA discussion paper continues call for the transformation of financial services culture in order to rebuild trust
David Hicks and William Granger consider the UK Financial Conduct Authority's new discussion paper on culture within financial services
Bad AGMs (and how to avoid them) - January 2018
Essential tips to help avoid difficult AGMs - this year in a crisis management context.
GDPR round table for wealth and investment management community
The Wealth and Investment Management group at Charles Russell Speechlys hosted a GDPR round table breakfast discussion last week.
Charles Russell Speechlys LLP advises on the sale of Charterhouse Research Limited
Charterhouse is a leading specialist financial market research consultancy.