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William Saunders

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William is a partner and head of the funds and financial services group advising on the launch, reconstruction, takeover and investments of funds and trading companies.

William has many years of experience in all aspects of real estate, private equity, split capital, emerging market, hedge and listed, offshore alternative investment funds as well as advising managers, brokers, nomads and sponsors. He has been rated as a leader in his field by various directories for many years.

London: Corporate and commercial

Flotations: small and mid-cap

Within: Flotations: small and mid-cap

Stephenson Harwood has a standout capability in funds-related IPOs, secondary fundraisings (by existing listed funds) and other funds-related matters; Alex Haynes acted for Strand Hanson (as NOMAD and broker) in the £55m AIM IPO of Guernsey-incorporated investment fund CIP Merchant Capital. William Saunders, who is another name to note in this area, advised LXI Reit Plc on its £138m Main Market IPO. Outside of funds-related corporate finance, the firm handles a significant number of high-profile AIM transactions for corporate issuers, NOMADs and brokers. Practice head Tom Nicholls advised Macquarie Capital (Europe) Limited as NOMAD and broker on TruFin Plc's £185m AIM admission. Nicholls also acted for Arden Partners Plc as NOMAD and broker to law firm Gordon Dadds in its AIM listing, which followed a reverse takeover. Another key figure is Anthony Clare, who is advising Acacia Pharma Group Plc on its proposed Initial Global Offering and admission to trading on the regulated market of Euronext Brussels. Recently promoted partner Tom Page and senior associate David Dowding are also recommended.

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London: Investment fund formation and management

Listed funds

Within: Leading individuals

William Saunders - Stephenson Harwood

Within: Listed funds

Stephenson Harwood acts for both investment banks and funds, covering a mixture of asset classes and types of work. William Saunders  and senior associate Kate Longman advised LXI REIT on its IPO, which raised £138m; they also advised AIM-listed APQ Global on a convertible unsecured loan stock issuance on the London Stock Exchange's International Securities Market. Alex Haynes advised GCP Infrastructure Investments on a £170m placing programme, while Elizabeth Field advised on the launch of Jupiter Emerging & Frontier Income Trust plc, the manager's first new investment trust for ten years, and advised the same sponsor on the winding up of the Jupiter Dividend & Growth Trust. Investment bank clients include Cenkos Securities, which Haynes advised as sponsor of a share placing by Civitas Social Housing, and Nplus1 Singer Advisory and Stifel Nicolaus, which Haynes jointly advised as co-placing agents (Nplus1 Singer Advisory also acting as financial adviser in addition), on  the launch of a listed REIT investing in private rented sector housing. In the CLO space, the firm advised Fair Oaks Income on a restructuring of the fund, the feeder fund in a master-feeder structure. Other clients include Strand Hanson, Winterflood Securities, Stockdale Securities and Gravis Capital Management, a new manager which Haynes advised on its debut fund.

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Stephenson Harwood

  • Companies should plan now to minimise their pension protection levy

    The amount that pension schemes have to pay to the Pension Protection Fund (PPF) for the year 2006/07 may have increased by as much as five times the previous year's levy. Employers who ultimately bear the cost of many pension schemes will need to make plans now to ensure the levy payable for the year 2008/09 is kept to a minimum.
    - Stephenson Harwood

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