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Alexander Keepin

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Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner HRO

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Corporate finance/mining.


A corporate finance partner specialising in listings, fundraisings as well as mergers and acquisitions and joint ventures. Alexander has acted on over 14 public market transactions in the last three years. A specialist in the natural resources industries, Alexander‚Äôs work for clients includes assisting mining companies with alternative sources of finance, including strategic investments, joint ventures and equity based fundraisings. Another particular areas of focus in recent periods has been strategic acquisitions, including reverse takeovers ‚Äď which are particularly popular if the acquisition leads to cost savings or a re-rating. Alexander has also acted on a number of fundraisings, IPOs and reverse takeovers for oil and gas companies. Alexander is frequently involved in international transactions, particularly in Africa and in Russia and the former CIS.


Trained Beveridge Ross & Prevezer; qualified 1998; assistant solicitor Lane & Partners 1998-2001; assistant solicitor Charles Russell 2001-03; associate Charles Russell 2003-05; partner 2005. Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP partner 2011. Publications of note: principal author of ‚ÄėA Practical Guide to AIM‚Äô (ISCA Publishing).




St Edward’s School, Cheltenham; University of Wales, Aberystwyth (1995 LLB Hons 2(1)); College of Law, Guildford (1996 LPC, commendation).


Family, antique auctions.

London: Corporate and commercial

Flotations: small and mid-cap

Within: Flotations: small and mid-cap

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP was formed from a merger in April 2018 between Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP and Bryan Cave. The combined entity acts for more than 20 AIM-listed companies and it also generates a strong flow of work from intermediaries and investment banks. Richard Werner has particular experience of handling transactions involving listed funds and other investment companies. Michael Anderson and Benjamin Lee jointly lead the team, which is experienced in acting for clients in sectors such as energy and natural resources, financial services (including insurance), healthcare, infrastructure, betting and gaming, real estate and retail. Much of the work has a cross-border component, as was illustrated in 2017 when Alexander Keepin and senior associate Patrick Lilly advised Numis Securities and Hannam & Partners on a $20m fundraising for AIM and TSX-listed Avesoro Resources to part-finance its $69.5m acquisition of the Youga and Balogo gold mines in Burkina Faso. Senior associate Laura Patao-Caminas acted for Cantor Fitzgerald Europe as NOMAD and sole broker on Destiny Pharma Plc's £65.4m placing and AIM admission. Senior associate Brian Mulkerrins is another name to note. In 2017, Gareth Jones and Julian Stanier departed for Pinsent Masons LLP, while Murdoch Currie moved to Bates Wells Braithwaite.

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London: Projects, energy and natural resources

Mining and minerals

Within: Leading individuals

Alexander Keepin - Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP

Within: Mining and minerals

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP represents major publicly traded mining companies, funds, investment banks and brokers with its full-service offering which was recently strengthened and broadened through its high-profile merger. Especially strong in capital markets mandates, practice head Alexander Keepin recently advised JP Morgan Cazenove and Peel Hunt on an underwritten fundraising for Central Asia Metals and its readmission following its acquisition of the Sasa mine; he also acted for a syndicate of brokers on a fundraising for Avesoro to partially fund the acquisition of the Youga and Balogo gold mines in Burkina Faso. In other highlights, the group assisted an East African government with the development of its model mining agreement to encourage and facilitate investment in its mining industry, and senior associate Patrick Lilly was part of the team overseeing the IPO of an offshore gold mining company with assets in Francophone Africa.

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Oil and gas

Within: Oil and gas

The newly formed Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP fields an enhanced offering following the merger of the two entities and the recruitment of George Burn from Vinson & Elkins RLLP as global head of the international arbitration group. Alexander Keepin advised SDX Energy on its acquisition of a portfolio of oil and gas production and exploration assets in Egypt and Morocco from the administrators of one of Circle Oil's subsidiaries, and assisted the AIM-listed Pantheon with its $12.5m placing to accelerate its drilling activities in key areas. Peel Hunt instructed the group to oversee the readmission to the AIM of Serica Energy with regards to its proposed acquisition of certain North Sea assets from BP, and Adam Dann continues to represent a state-owned in certain aspects of the development and potential marketing of its offshore oil and gas potential.

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