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Mills & Reeve LLP

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Stephen Hamilton

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Mills & Reeve LLP

Work Department

Corporate and tax.


Stephen helps businesses to achieve their commercial objectives. His work focuses on corporate finance for companies and other commercial clients. He has significant experience in advising in relation to capital markets (both main market and AIM) including fundraisings, initial public offerings, mergers and aquisitions and corporate restructurings. Recent work includes a £350m bond issue, the £75m sale of a UK utility company, a £40m AIM IPO for a technology company, a placing and open offer for an expanding LSE listed tech company, a pre-IPO fundraising for an award-winning high growth tech business and the takeover of an AIM listed company. Stephen is a member of the Quoted Companies Alliance Legal Technical Committee.

East Anglia: Corporate and commercial

Corporate and commercial: Cambridge

Within: Corporate and commercial: Cambridge

Mills & Reeve LLP¬†‚Äėhas great experience, understands the private equity industry and is able to deal internationally, with sector knowledge that is second to none‚Äė. The firm has a¬†growing focus on national and international work, while also handling high-end local transactions, and has solidified its standing as a leading M&A practice in East Anglia. In 2017, the firm as a whole advised on matters involving more than 75 different jurisdictions including the US, China and Canada. A standout deal saw the firm advise Richardson International Limited on the high-value acquisition of European Oat Millers.¬†‚ÄėExceptional lawyer‚Äė Anthony McGurk, who has more than 20 years‚Äô experience in corporate finance, led on that deal and is ‚Äėhighly recommended for any type of M&A activity‚Äė. He also acted for the Weetabix Food Company on several deals as part of its ¬£1.4bn sale to US firm Post Holdings.¬†Practice head¬†Tom Pickthorn¬†(who handled a multimillion-pound acquisition for Danish IT services business Netcompany),¬†Zickie Lim¬†(who advised venture capital firms on a $16m investment),¬† principal associate Jonathan Greenwood¬†and consultant Brian Marshall¬†provide 'an¬†excellent level of service with outstanding legal skills, impressive client handling, impeccable responsiveness, outstanding business judgement and excellent value for money'. Also recommended are¬†corporate finance partner Stephen Hamilton, who is 'calm and unflappable at all times and provides good commercial and practical advice', and leading light¬†Claire Clarke, who has niche expertise in both the education sector and investment funds formation.

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East Anglia: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)


Within: Biotechnology

Mills & Reeve LLP¬†provides ‚Äėan excellent level of service and response times are very fast‚Äė. One client remarks that the practice provides ‚Äėfirst-class, pragmatic and timely advice'. The firm handles¬†corporate and commercial transactions, patents and IP, privacy, regulation and compliance, HR, product liability, litigation, tax and real estate matters for biotechnology companies. It is highly regarded for research collaborations and licensing agreements across a range of therapeutic areas. New arrival James Fry, who joined from¬†Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP¬†in late 2017, leads the multi-disciplinary life sciences practice and is praised for his ‚Äėexcellent sector knowledge'. He acted for speciality pharmaceuticals business Diurnal Group in setting up¬†its supply chain for the production of two drug candidates.¬†Finance specialist Zickie Lim, who handled a syndicated financing for¬†PredictImmune Limited, and capital markets expert Stephen Hamilton¬†are also recommended.¬†IP partner¬†Alasdair Poore, corporate partner¬†Anthony McGurk, disputes specialist¬†Graeme Menzies¬†and head of technology¬†Kevin Calder¬†also play central roles in the firm's work for biotechnology clients.

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London: Corporate and commercial

Flotations: small and mid-cap

Within: Flotations: small and mid-cap

Mills & Reeve LLP's team head Stephen Hamilton 'builds very good working relationships and blends technical advice with practical support'. Hamilton's group has particular experience of acting for technology companies; the scope of the work ranges from AIM admissions and secondary fundraises to general corporate and commercial matters. The firm also generates work from clients active in other sectors, such as food and drink, agribusiness and life sciences. In 2017, Hamilton and senior associate Emma Plaxton acted for Nexus Infrastructure Plc in its £70m AIM IPO and related £35m fundraising. Hamilton and Plaxton also advised Bermuda-based AIM-listed company Randall & Quilter Investment Holdings Limited on a circa £49m placing and related open offer. Paul Johnson, Anthony McGurk and principal associate Shubhu Patil are also recommended.

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London: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)


Within: Fintech

Led by principal associate Simon Warburton, the team at Mills & Reeve LLP is especially active on the corporate side, though it also assists clients with IT and GDPR issues. Transactions and regulatory corporate work have kept the practice busy: Tom Pickthorn advised Finnish investment service group Privanet on equity crowdfunding regulations in the UK. Stephen Hamilton acted for Bango on its £9m purchase of Audiens, and assisted Paypoint with its purchase of Romanian company Payzone. On the fundraising side, Zickie Lim advised TAB UK on a £1.2m investment led by Mustard Seed Capital. Mark Pearce advised Premia Solutions on the GDPR implications of its insurance products, and Peter Wainman acted for commodity-trading software company Brady on contractual issues. Other clients include Validus and IQ Capital Partners.

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