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Chris Horton

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Simmons & Simmons

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Equity capital markets/corporate/corporate and commercial.


Chris has a broad range of experience in equity capital markets and other corporate finance transactions, advising both investment banks and corporates. He has particular experience of advising on the London listings of overseas companies and of the real estate and natural resources sectors.


Qualified 1998; partner at a UK law firm; equity capital markets execution team at a leading investment bank for two years; partner in the corporate and commercial group Simmons & Simmons 2008.

London: Corporate and commercial

Equity capital markets

Within: Leading individuals

Chris Horton - Simmons & Simmons

Within: Equity capital markets

Particularly strong on the underwriter side, the team at Simmons & Simmons has particular expertise in the financial institutions, TMT and life sciences sectors. It often advises on sophisticated matters: group head Chris Horton acted for Cenkos Securities and Stifel Nicolaus as joint bookrunners on Hurricane Energy's $520m placing and convertible bond offering, and assisted J.P. Morgan Securities and Stifel Nicolaus as bookrunner and sole sponsor respectively with a £330m equity fundraising by Assura. On the issuer side, Patrick Graves advised Funding Circle SME Income Fund on a £140m share issuance. Other clients include Numis Securities and Jefferies. Simon Ovenden and US securities expert Chris Walton joined in 2017 from Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton and Clifford Chance respectively.

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Flotations: small and mid-cap

Within: Flotations: small and mid-cap

Simmons & Simmons' AIM work has been on the increase since the arrivals in 2014 of Patrick Graves and Jocelyn Ormond from Osborne Clarke and DAC Beachcroft LLP respectively. Although the firm is particularly well-known for its work in the Main Market arena, it is equally as active in AIM transactions. Chris Horton leads the team, which has a strong focus on acting for companies, NOMADs and brokers in matters connected with the TMT (including fintech) and healthcare/life sciences  sectors. In 2017, Ormond, supervising associate Dan Whitewood and others acted for the shareholders of Intelligent Ultrasound in the disposal of the company to AIM-listed entity MedaPhor Group Plc. Charles Mayo advised Stifel Nicolaus Europe (as NOMAD and joint broker) and WG Partners (as joint broker) on the dual-listing on AIM of international diagnostics company Novacyt (which was already listed on the Euronext Growth Market). Other clients include 1PM, Rex Bionics Plc, Numis Securities and Petards Group. Managing associate Stephanie Featherstone is recommended.

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London: Investment fund formation and management

Listed funds

Within: Listed funds

At Simmons & Simmons, David Williams, Patrick Graves  and Chris Horton all have a track record of work for listed fund sponsors and investment banks on both fund IPOs and work for existing funds.

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  • Failure to counter financial crime: Norwich Union Life

    In December 2007, the Financial Services Authority (FSA) imposed a fine of £1.26m on Norwich Union Life (part of the Aviva Group), one of the largest life insurance businesses in the UK with around seven million customers. The fine related to failures to take reasonable care to establish and maintain effective systems and controls for countering the risks of financial crime. The fine is the latest confirmation of the emphasis being placed on protecting clients and customers from the threat of financial crime.
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