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Addleshaw Goddard

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Anna Brown

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Addleshaw Goddard

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Anna has over 25 years experience acting for a broad range of corporate clients from small technology start-ups to large listed plcs across a broad range of sectors. These include biotech, software and other technologies, energy, infrastructure and real estate, financial service and leisure. Anna undertakes a wide range of corporate transactions including mergers and acquisitions, equity funding for businesses, joint ventures, reorganisations and reconstructions. She has particular expertise and has a long track record of successfully floating companies on AIM and the Main Market, secondary fundraisings on market as well as takeovers and schemes of arrangements to take companies private again.
Her pragmatic, solutions driven advice is highly valued by clients.
Anna is noted by Chambers as "renowned for her work in the infrastructure and technology sectors. She advises several prominent clients in the technology sector on a range of corporate matters".


Trained at McGrigor Donald; qualified 1990; Partner McGrigors 1997; Partner Pinsent Masons 2012 (following merger with McGrigors); Partner HBJ Gateley 2016 to date (now Addleshaw Goddard following merger with Addleshaw Goddard 2017)


Law Society of Scotland


University of Strathclyde, LLB Hons; Dip LP

London: Corporate and commercial

Flotations: small and mid-cap

Within: Flotations: small and mid-cap

Addleshaw Goddard captures a significant share of the market for work from AIM50 and AIM100 companies, and also acts for a number of NOMADs. The firm handled five AIM IPOs in 2017, which included Roger Hart in Manchester acting for Sumo Group Plc in its £145m AIM IPO. The firm expanded its presence into the Scottish market by merging with HBJ Gateley in 2017; Glasgow-based Anna Brown led the advice to The City Pub Company Plc on its institutional placing and AIM admission. In addition to IPOs, the firm also has strong capabilities in secondary offerings and reverse takeovers, among other matters.London partner Giles Distin has advised on circa 50 public takeover bids, a sizeable number of which have involved AIM-listed companies. Simon Wood, Richard Lee and Jeremy Cruse are other key figures. Jamie Partridge moved to Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP.

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Scotland: Corporate and commercial

Corporate and commercial: Edinburgh and Glasgow

Within: Corporate and commercial: Edinburgh and Glasgow

Addleshaw Goddard¬†entered the Scottish market in 2017, following a merger with HBJ Gateley. Its ‚Äėhigh quality team‚Äė¬†acts for a broad base of clients, including high-growth companies, private equity houses, management teams and investee companies. In addition, the firm acts for circa 40% of the FTSE 100 companies, many of which have operations in Scotland. In a recent highlight, a team led by Anna Brown¬†acted for The City Pub Group Plc in its ¬£96m IPO and AIM admission. Practice head David Kirchin, who ‚Äėbrings a calming influence in the heat of negotiations‚Äė, and managing associate Laura Falls¬†were part of a cross-practice team which assisted private equity sponsor Cairngorm Capital II and its acquisition vehicle Cairngorm Acquisitions III Midco Limited with the acquisition of Scottish timber merchant Thornbridge Sawmills Limited. Andrew Ley¬†has deal experience in the food and drink sector, while David Horne¬†specialises in corporate transactions involving industries such as real estate, hospitality and technology. Another name to note is David Anderson, who is particularly active in the Scottish digital and fintech sectors.

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