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Addleshaw Goddard’s clients ‘enjoy direct access to the lead partner on all transactions’. Led by Nick Pearey, it focuses on handling some of the most complex and high-value mandates in the AIM arena, and also features prominently in mid-cap Main Market matters. In 2016, Pearey led a group, which included Simon Wood and managing associate Jeremy Cruse, in the advice to GVC on its £1.1bn takeover of Digital Entertainment Plc (part of the transaction involved a £150m equity-linked fundraise and step up from AIM to the standard segment of the Main Market). In another highlight, Roger Hart (who is praised for his ‘top-quality legal advice’), managing associate Jamie Partridge (‘hands-on and extremely diligent’) and others acted for Accrol Group Holdings on its AIM IPO, with the client having a market capitalisation of £93m on admission. Other clients include Cenkos Securities, Peel Hunt and Liberum. Tim Field is ‘a thoroughly grounded and highly experienced lawyer’. Giles Distin joined from Squire Patton Boggs.

Michael Anderson and Benjamin Lee jointly lead the team at Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP, which has a first-class reputation in the mid-cap arena, where it handles Main Market and AIM IPOs and secondary offerings for corporate issuers, brokers and investment banks, among other clients. The practice is marked by its broad sector coverage; Alexander Keepin is particularly knowledgeable about listings involving energy and natural resources companies. Elsewhere, the group handles matters involving companies in the betting and gaming, healthcare and retail industries. In 2016, Lee, Richard Werner, senior associate Matt Oliver and others acted for Secure Income REIT on a secondary placing of ordinary shares. In addition, Nicholas Myatt advised Canaccord Genuity (as joint bookrunner and NOMAD) and Shore Capital Stockbrokers (as joint bookrunner) on a £40m secondary placing by AIM-listed pharmaceutical company Vernalis. Senior associate Brian Mulkerrins is also recommended. Alex Latner joined Playtech as general counsel. Gareth Jones and Julian Stanier joined Pinsent Masons LLP.

Norton Rose Fulbright’s first-rate reputation in the London market, combined with its international reach, makes it a strong choice for sophisticated domestic and cross-border mandates. Richard Sheen recently advised Purplebricks on its £50m placing to fund its expansion into the US, having previously handled its AIM IPO in 2015. In another matter, Sheen, senior associate Clementine Hogarth and associate Matthew O’Shea acted for Canaccord Genuity Limited (as NOMAD, financial adviser and broker) on the migration of ThinkSmart’s listing from the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX) to AIM. Raj Karia leads the team, which includes Simon FT Cox, who has particular expertise in the natural resources sector, and Stephen Rigby, who specialises in renewable energy, power and oil and gas. Fiona Millington is also recommended.

Pinsent Masons LLP manages a varied workload, which includes AIM/Main Market/overseas listings, dual listings, secondary offerings and reverse takeovers. Reflective of the international footprint of the practice, Robert Moir acted for Warsaw Stock Exchange listed recruitment company Work Service on its listing on the London Stock Exchange. Jon Harris and legal director Michael Lakin managed the English law aspects of Procurri Corporation’s IPO on the Mainboard of the Singapore Stock Exchange. Another key feature is the firm’s strong focus on sectors such as technology, life sciences and energy; Russell Booker assisted Loopup Group with its £40.8m AIM IPO, representing the first technology-related IPO post-Brexit. Rob Hutchings, Hannah Brader and others assisted Motorpoint Group with its £200m Main Market IPO. John Tyerman leads the team, which also acts for brokers, bookrunners and NOMADs.

Travers Smith LLP acts for a significant number of AIM-listed companies, and it also advises a number of major NOMADs including Cenkos, Numis and finnCap. In a particularly notable highlight for 2016, Adrian West and Lucy Stephenson acted for Liberum Capital as NOMAD and sole bookrunner on the £167m AIM IPO of Hotel Chocolat Group. In another key mandate, Richard Spedding advised Investec Bank as sole broker and NOMAD on easyHotel’s £38m placing. On the issuer side, Jon Reddington and Spencer Summerfield assisted AIM-listed client Breedon Group with its £41m equity placing to part-finance the client’s £336m acquisition of Hope Construction Materials. Charles Cassana, Dan McNamee and senior associate Brent Sanders add US securities law capabilities to the practice. Tom Coulter is the lead associate in the team.

Ashurst’s highly regarded practice has longstanding relationships with Main Market and AIM-listed companies (it acts for more than 60 publicly quoted companies), and also advises global investment banks and brokers. In 2016, Nicholas Holmes led a team, which included senior associates Marianna Kennedy and Tara Waters, on the advice to Peel Hunt and Liberum Capital on Joules Group’s £140m AIM IPO. On the issuer side, a notable mandate involved David Carter, Dominic Ross, Alexander Cox and others acting for Time Out Group on its AIM IPO. Michael Robins acted for AIM-listed Atlantis Resources on its £6.5m placing of ordinary shares. Nick Williamson and Nick Bryans are also highly regarded. A hallmark of the practice is its strong US securities law offering; Jennifer Schneck, Eric Stuart and senior associate Jeffrey Johnson have expertise in this space. Simon Bullock recently made partner, while Jonathan Parry departed for White & Case LLP.

Following CMS’s recent merger with Nabarro LLP and Olswang LLP, the amalgamated practice now benefits from a team that combines Nabarro LLP’s historical strengths in the healthcare and life sciences, technology, corporate real estate and infrastructure sectors, with Olswang LLP’s traditional strengths in industries such as TMT and leisure. James Parkes was the lead adviser to Hollywood Bowl Group on its £240m IPO and admission to the Main Market, representing one of the few IPOs to successfully complete in the aftermath of the UK referendum on EU membership in 2016. Cathy Pitt acted for N+1 Singer as sponsor and placing agent on RM Secured Direct Lending’s £50m IPO. Iain Newman acted for Investec on a number of placings (including IMImobile Plc’s £5m placing), while Alasdair Steele advised Allenby Capital and Dowgate Capital as joint brokers on the £16m AIM IPO of Franchise Brands. Paul Blackmore is also highly regarded.

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP’s team handles the full spectrum of transactions for small-cap and mid-cap companies, as well as brokers, including AIM and Main Market IPOs, secondary issues and reverse takeovers, among other areas. The group has also recently been advising clients on the impact of the implementation of the Market Abuse Regulation. The practice draws work from a broad cross-section of industries, with particular strengths in areas such as TMT, financial services and investment trusts, and energy and natural resources. 2016 highlights included Andrew Collins and recently promoted partner Paul Arathoon acting for N+1 Singer as NOMAD and broker in the £80m AIM IPO of UK wealth manager Harwood Wealth Management. Collins and Arathoon also acted for Allenby Capital (as NOMAD and joint broker) and Peterhouse Corporate Finance (as joint broker) on the £5m AIM IPO of GoTech Group (formerly Guscio). Also recommended are practice head Clive Hopewell, Chris Putt, Mark Howard and recently promoted senior associate Jaspal Sekhon.

DLA Piper’s broad offering provides support on domestic capital markets mandates to companies and their advisers across its UK offices, and also leverages the firm’s wider global platform for cross-border matters. In addition to fielding English-qualified practitioners, the London office also houses US-qualified capital markets lawyers, such as George Barboutis, who heads the US securities practice for the EMEA region, and senior associate Iryna Nagayets. Charles Severs, practice head Alex Tamlyn and senior associate Robert Newman acted for Liberum Capital Limited as the underwriter on Time Out Group’s £195m AIM IPO. Tamlyn was also the lead adviser to Hutchison China Meditech Limited on its listing of American Depository Shares on the NASDAQ Global Select Market. Tom Heylen’s clients include Halyard Health, Tissue Regenix and online retailer Amazon. Martin Penn, who made partner in 2016, is also recommended.

At Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP, practice head Stephen Nash, Jonathan Stanley and Danielle Boland-Brown acted for Numis Securities (as NOMAD/joint bookrunner) and Panmure Gordon (as joint bookrunner) On Morses Plc’s £140m AIM IPO. In another highlight, Sebastian Orton and Stanley advised Stifel as sole bookrunner on a £150m block trade of shares, and subsequently acted for the client as the sponsor on Secure Trust Bank’s transfer from AIM to the Main Market. The group also acted on the issuer side in the AIM IPOs of Joules Group and Van Elle Holdings. Other highly regarded practitioners include Mark Roe, who recently made legal director, Steven Hacking and Alistair Cree.

In 2016, Fieldfisher acted for 29 AIM-listed companies, as well as a significant number brokers and NOMADs. Its team is particularly noted for cross-border transactions involving the energy and natural resources sectors. Brad Isaac acted for SP Angel Corporate Finance, Whitman Howard and Brandon Hill Capital in their respective capacities as the NOMAD and joint brokers on a reverse takeover by San Leon Energy and placing of new shares, which raised £170.3m; This matter represented the second-largest AIM fundraising of 2016. Anthony Brockbank advised Mirabaud Securities and Panmure Gordon on their $40m secondary placing to assist Savannah Petroleum with financing the development of exploration assets in Niger. Other clients include KEFI Minerals, Atalaya Mining and Gulfsands Petroleum. Neil Matthews leads the team, which also has a strong following in the CIS region. Director Nicholas Heap and senior associate Edward Westhead are also highly regarded.

Gowling WLG has been active in the AIM arena since the market first launched in 1995; the firm acts for companies located worldwide on their transactions in this space. Sunil Kakkad, who jointly heads the practice with Jeffrey Elway, acts for Indian companies and financial institutions on cross-border matters. Sefton Collett handles equity capital markets transactions across a number of jurisdictions, particularly in Australia. Dominic Prentis has experience acting for companies based in Russia and French-speaking parts of West Africa. John Reed advised Vinacapital Vietnam Opportunity Fund Limited on its move from AIM to the Official List, one of only six investment funds to have moved since 2011. Another recommended individual is Kristian Rogers, who acted for venture capital investor Draper Esprit on its admissions to the AIM market and Irish ESM Market, as well as associated fundraising of more than £100m.

Osborne Clarke LLP’s ‘incredibly responsive’ team ‘avoids trivia and helps clients focus on the things that matter’. In addition to acting for FTSE AIM 50 and FTSE AIM 100 clients, it also attracts mandates from brokers, investment banks and other financial institutions. In 2016, practice head Jonathan King and senior associate Jake Turcan acted for Investec as NOMAD, broker and bookrunner in Blue Prism’s AIM IPO and £20m institutional placing. In another matter, Mark Wesker was the lead adviser to Tribal Group on a £21m rights issue, which followed the client’s circa £20m disposal of its non-core Synergy business to Servelec Group. Other key figures include Matthew Bodfield, who made partner, and Rebecca Gordon, a notable hire from Dentons.

Simmons & Simmons’ team is particularly active in AIM work related to the life sciences and wider healthcare sector, where it acts for companies and brokers/NOMADs. In 2016, Charles Mayo, supervising associate Tim Wass and others acted for Stifel Nicolaus Europe as the NOMAD and broker in Oxford BioDynamics’ AIM IPO, while Chris Horton, Patrick Graves and supervising associate Stephanie Featherstone advised Cenkos Securities as NOMAD and broker on Creo Medical Group’s £20m AIM IPO and placing. Other areas of strength include TMT (including fintech), financial institutions and asset management/investment funds.

Stephenson Harwood, which provides ‘pragmatic advice and a clear steer on what the listing authorities will approve’, has a particularly strong listed funds capability. In 2016, it featured in four out of six investment company IPOs, one of which involved Alex Haynes acting for finnCap as NOMAD and broker to Pacific Capital Partners on the IPO of Pacific Industrial & Logistics REIT. Outside of funds-related listings, the team also features in high-profile corporate AIM and Main Market admissions. Practice head Tom Nicholls, senior associate Tom Page and associate Gabrielle Pugh acted for Hotel Chocolat Group on its £167m AIM IPO. Another highlight saw the firm advise Shield Therapeutics on its £162m AIM IPO. William Saunders is another key contact in the team, which was strengthened by the recruitment of Anthony Clare from Ashurst.

Bird & Bird LLP’s AIM work is weighted towards the TMT and various other technology-driven and IP-rich sectors, such as financial services, life sciences and IT. Simon Fielder, who has particular experience working with Asia-based companies, and co-heads the firm’s India strategy group, acted for online Halal verification service DagangHalal on its AIM IPO in 2016. Richard Eaton has a strong track record advising US clients seeking access to the UK’s capital markets. Simon Allport is also recommended.

Covington & Burling LLP is also ranked.

Dechert LLP’s team is ‘strong at all levels of seniority’, with clients ‘always being quickly and efficiently connected to an appropriate expert’. Sean Geraghty heads the group, which handles all aspects of AIM/Main Market listings and other equity offerings for corporate issuers, brokers and investment banks. In 2016, Geraghty acted for AIM-listed client Advanced Oncotherapy on its circa £4m open offer of shares to the company’s existing shareholders. In another matter, Patrick Lyons, who is a dual UK/US-qualified partner, worked with members of the New York office on the advice to Zealand Pharma on its accelerated bookbuild private placement. Lyons also has extensive emerging markets expertise (particularly in the Middle East and Africa), and handles matters ranging from IPOs and secondary offerings to rights issues and tender offers for sovereign and quasi-sovereign issuers and financial institutions.

Dentons’ footprint in the Middle East, CIS region and Africa is a notable driver of work for the London team, which is led by David Collins. It has a strong track record in mid-market IPOs; transactions span a wide range of sectors, with oil and gas, automotive and technology being particular areas of strength. Its workload also covers secondary offerings, reverse takeovers, private placements and tender offers. Darren Acres and others are acting for Hurricane Energy in a $520m fundraise through an accelerated bookbuild to finance the development of an untapped oilfield on the UK Continental Shelf. The firm also advised the same client on two other separate fundraisings in 2016. In addition to acting for issuers, Collins’ team also advises NOMADs and brokers on AIM-related issues; clients include Brandon Hill Capital, Westhouse and Allenby Capital. Neil Nicholson, Jeremy Cohen and recently promoted partner Joseph Altendorff are recommended. US securities law expert Cameron Half recently joined from Allen & Overy LLP.

Dorsey & Whitney has a strong and growing reputation for small and mid-cap work. Kate Francis and associate David Elphinstone acted for Corero Network Security on its £9m fundraising through a conditional firm placing, subscription and open offer. Francis also worked with Max Beazley and associate Daniel Park on Atlantic Group’s delisting. Practice head Mark Taylor, who specialises in UK securities law, advises on AIM and Main Market IPOs, rights issues and open offers, and pre-IPO placings, among other matters. Chris McFadzean departed the firm.

Fox Williams LLP’s team is noted for its ‘outstanding technical understanding of the drivers of an IPO’. Its notable sector specialisms are in technology and financial services (including fintech), as well as natural resources. In addition to IPOs, it serves as a one-stop shop for other matters, such as capital raisings and placings, as well as associated public and private M&A, and regulatory advice. Led by Richie Clark, the team undertakes a significant amount of work for dual-listed companies from Australia, North America and South Africa, as well as companies with assets in Africa or the CIS region. Paul Osborne and Sean Williams acted for Plexus Holdings on two financings in 2016, one of which involved raising $5m through a subscription agreement with LLC Gusar, while the other transaction concerned a separate £6m placing of ordinary shares. In another matter, Clark is working with Guy Morgan (a recent hire from Stephenson Harwood) and senior associate William Li on advice to SacOil concerning its proposed reverse takeover of a South Africa-focused petroleum product wholesaler, and its subsequeng re-admission to AIM. Morgan ‘marries an eye for detail with a commercial nous that really cuts through the issuesAndrew Woolf is another partner in the group. Nick Sayers joined Payne Hicks Beach.

K&L Gates LLP’s global platform makes it well positioned to advise on matters with a cross-border dimension, with the practice generating a large amount of work from US companies looking to move to AIM, as well as clients located in Singapore, China and Australia. Senior associate Riley Kemp, who relocated from the Perth office in 2016, worked with Tom Wallace to advise finnCap as NOMAD and broker to eServGlobal on its £15m placing to UK investors and open offer under Australian law to raise up to £3m. Another highlight for the firm involved Wallace and others assisting Tax Systems with its reverse takeover of Tax Computer Systems, which was part funded by a £45m placing. James Green, who co-heads the firm’s Africa practice group, handles Main Market and AIM transactions for companies and NOMADs/brokers. Paul Tetlow heads the practice. Tom Sibert joined Therium Capital Management, while Jeremy Landau moved to Taylor Wessing LLP.

A significant proportion of Macfarlanes LLP’s capital markets work derives from its private equity capability. In 2016, Mark Slade acted for Queripel Partners, a majority shareholder of Premier Asset Management, in the investment manager’s £140m AIM IPO. In another matter, Harry Coghill advised Schroders Investment Management (as a cornerstone investor) on the IPO of Arabian Food Industries Company (Domty) on the Egyptian Exchange. Robert Boyle, who heads the practice, acted for ThinkSmart on its delisting from the ASX and related admission to AIM. In addition to undertaking transactional work, Boyle also provides ongoing corporate advice to listed issuers. Revolution Bars Group, Game Digital and Peel Hunt are other clients.

Mayer Brown International LLP’s clients are ‘always happy to use it on a deal’, with its ‘highly responsive and user-friendly team’ handling a balanced mix of mandates from issuers, NOMADs and brokers. Led by Kate Ball-Dodd, the team acts for clients across a range of sectors, including technology, insurance, media and entertainment, and life sciences. The group has a wealth of experience in large AIM listings, and also advises on a significant number of overseas listings. Robert Hamill led the advice to Oxford BioDynamics on its AIM admission, and Richard Smith worked with members of the firm’s US offices in assisting AIM-listed GW Pharmaceuticals with a $289.8m offering of American depositary shares on the NASDAQ Global Market. Connor Cahalane is another active practitioner.

Memery Crystal LLP fields six partners who are active in Main Market and AIM-related matters, with particular expertise in sectors such as oil and gas, mining, property and technology. The team has a strong track record acting for UK and international companies; in a recent highlight, Nick Davis led a team advising SigmaRoc on its acquisition of LafargeHolcim, which was financed by a £50m placing of convertible loan notes and ordinary shares. Other corporate clients include AFG Energy, Caledonia Mining and Gaming Realms. The group also acts for brokers, NOMADs and sponsors; practice head Lesley Gregory, Michael Dawes and others acted for Cenkos Securities (as NOMAD and broker) on a number of transactions, including Kromek Group’s firm placing and open offer, which raised £21m. Kieran Stone, Greg Scott and Andrew Titmas are other names to note.

Squire Patton Boggs has a diverse offering, with its team (which is spread across its four UK offices) covering the gamut of public and private securities transactions for domestic and international clients. Edward Dawes acts for mid-cap publicly-listed companies and brokers located in the North of England, the Midlands and London. Massimo Galli specialises in advising Italian companies on accessing international capital markets. Adam Hastings combines sector expertise in mining, energy and natural resources, with experience of advising businesses in Australia and sub-Saharan Africa. Jane Haxby leads the team, whose clients include City of London Group, Rotala, N+1 Singer and Panmure Gordon. Giles Distin departed for Addleshaw Goddard and Steven Glover left to become assistant company secretary at Cranswick.

Taylor Wessing LLP acts for a wide range of clients in public and private fundraisings, as well as transactional matters, with particular expertise in mandates connected with the technology, life sciences and real estate sectors. Robert Fenner and Tandeep Minhas acted for Creo Medical Group on its £1.4m pre-IPO fundraising and also advised the client on its £20m AIM IPO; the funds from the IPO will be used to develop a new range of minimally-invasive surgical devices. Another notable individual is William Belcher, who acted for Cyan Holdings on its £10m fundraise, by way of a placing and subscription for new ordinary shares. Russell Holden’s team includes Jeremy Landau, who joined from K&L Gates LLP in 2016, and senior associate Katie Bennett.

Watson Farley & Williams LLP, whose UK team benefits from support across the global network, is particularly well known for its sector strengths in areas such as transport, energy and natural resources. Martin Thomas, and senior associates Danny Heathwood and Jenny Hodges, recently acted for US-based Diversified Gas & Oil on its AIM admission and related placing to raise $50m; this matter represented the largest AIM oil and gas flotation since the fall in oil prices in mid-2014. It is also increasingly active in other industries, including real estate, technology and consumer services; in 2016, Thomas was the lead adviser to real estate investment company European Investment Grade Properties on its admission to the Gibraltar Stock Exchange, which involved a £50m corporate bond (the first-ever bond listing on the Exchange). Practice head Jan Mellmann has recently acted for clients such as North River Resources, Charaat Gold Holding and Mariana Resources. Dearbhla Quigley is also recommended.

DAC Beachcroft LLP’s Matthew Darling has a wealth of experience acting for technology sector clients ranging from start-ups and high-net-worth individuals to AIM-listed companies. In 2016, Darling, legal director Michelle Jones and others acted for Castle Street Investments (now CoreTx Holdings) on the acquisition of Selection Services by way of a reverse takeover and the company’s re-admission to AIM. The firm’s practice also covers other sectors, such as natural resources, real estate and insurance. In 2016, Clive Garston advised cosmetics group Warpaint London on its AIM IPO. Complementing its work for issuers, the team also serves NOMADs/brokers; Jonathan Deverill acted for Cenkos Securities on a placement by dual AIM/ASX-listed Salt Potash Limited to raise A$3.2m.

Fladgate LLP’s practice handles a range of cross-border work; consultant Neil Vickers acts for clients such as KazakhGold, Sinochem and Aurora Russia. In addition, Avram Kelman specialises in Anglo-Israeli capital markets transactions, while Paul Airley and Nigel Gordon are particularly experienced in Anglo-Canadian matters. David Robinson has been instrumental in increasing the firm’s links with Asia-based clients. On the domestic front, in 2016, Airley was the lead adviser to Angus Energu on its AIM admission and £3.5m placing. In a separate matter, Vickers acted for Shore Capital (as NOMAD and broker) on the AIM admission and placing of Yü Group. Grant Gordon leads the team, which includes Chris Chrysanthou.

Hamlins LLP’s practice is led by Daniel Bellau, who covers the full range of matters related to the Official List, AIM and NEX Exchange. Bellau acted for Allenby Capital as the joint broker (along with Whitman Howard) in the £3.16m fundraising by AIM-listed company TyraTech, and also advised the same client as NOMAD and broker on a placing by AIM-listed InfraStrata. Ted Baker, Beaufort Securities and Northland Capital Partners are among a number of other key clients. The team is ‘excellent at partner and associate level’.

Kerman & Co LLP’s team has substantial experience in Main Market and AIM-related matters. It is particularly active in the mining and natural resources arena, which was recently demonstrated when Joan Yu assisted Emmerson with its successful Main Market listing and placing. In addition, the team also acts for listed companies (and entities seeking admission to trade) on the NEX Growth Market. Peter Kohl, who heads the practice, joined from Hogan Lovells International LLP in 2016. The team also added Simon Holden and Martin O’Donoghue from Lester Aldridge LLP and Teacher Stern LLP, respectively. Michael Corcoran joined Hill Dickinson LLP as a consultant.

Marriott Harrison LLP’s extensive coverage of the AIM Market sees its team handle a wide range of matters, ranging from pre-IPO fundraises and AIM listings to follow-on offerings, reverse takeovers and regulatory compliance issues. The practice had an active 2016, with the firm securing new mandates from institutional clients such as N+1 Singer, Shard Capital Partners and Cairn Financial Advisers. Recent highlights include advising Northland Capital Partners as sole broker and NOMAD on the £13m AIM IPO of SalvaRx, and acting for finnCap as the NOMAD and broker on a £3.5m placing by RedT Energy. It also has a strong following of corporate clients, including Fulham Shore, Imaginatik and Volvere. Simon Charles leads the team.

Notable areas of strength at Mills & Reeve LLP include assisting technology companies (particularly fast-growth companies) with obtaining AIM admission, as well as fundraising and various other post-IPO corporate and commercial matters. In 2016, Stephen Hamilton was the lead partner acting for Midwich Group on its £165m AIM IPO and related £75m fundraising; he also advised Mercia Technologies on the AIM listing of portfolio company Concepta Diagnostics Limited. Paul Johnson and Anthony McGurk are the other main partners in the team.

Mishcon de Reya LLP leverages its industry expertise in areas such as real estate, betting and gaming, and IT, as well as private equity, with the firm often assisting private equity sponsors with exits from their investments via IPOs. Saul Sender’s team includes legal director Shantanu Sinha, who handles AIM IPOs, fundraisings and reverse takeovers across a wide range of sectors for issuers, brokers and NOMADs. Ross Bryson is another active practitioner in the team, which acts for clients including fastjet, Arden Partners, Cenkos Securities and Cloudtag Inc.

Shepherd and Wedderburn impresses with ‘the level of involvement from its good, practical and knowledgeable partners’. Practice head Walter Blake, in particular, has ‘a particularly fine ability to identify, understand and resolve the most difficult issues in complicated deals’. The firm attracts work from listed and private companies across a multitude of sectors, particularly areas such as energy and natural resources, life sciences/pharmaceuticals and IT/technology. In a highlight in 2016, Blake acted for Goals Soccer Centres on its placing, which raised £16.75m. Blake also undertakes a significant amount of work for brokers, and advised Numis Securities on a £6.3m placing by Ilika.

At Walker Morris LLP, Daniel O’Gorman acted for N+1 Singer as NOMAD and broker in Microsaic System’s £5.4m AIM secondary fundraising. O’Gorman is recommended for his ‘strong industry knowledge’. More recently, Richard Naish and Michael Taylor assisted Intercede with its £5m fundraise through a placing of shares and convertible loan notes on AIM. In addition to handling IPOs and equity fundraisings, the teams also advises AIM-listed clients on corporate transactions.

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