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Osborne Clarke

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Osborne Clarke


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London: Corporate and commercial

Flotations: small and mid-cap

Within: Flotations: small and mid-cap

Osborne Clarke LLP has longstanding relationships with a number of institutional clients (such as Investec Bank, Peel Hunt and Canaccord Genuity), which is complemented by the size of its corporate client base (it acts for more than 60 listed companies). The firm's outstanding reputation in the market is underpinned by the consistency in which the firm features in large, high-profile and strategically-significant AIM IPOs, secondary transactions and AIM-related acquisitions and disposals. In one of the largest AIM listings of 2017, practice head Jonathan King, Rebecca Gordon and senior associate Kate Mellor acted for Grant Thornton UK LLP (as NOMAD) and Joh. Berenberg , Gossler & Co (as global coordinator and broker) in the £163m IPO of Alpha Financial Consulting Group Plc. The team is also highly active in the Main Market space, as was illustrated by King leading the advice to Shore Capital (as sponsor and joint bookrunner) and Cenkos Securities (as joint bookrunner) on UP Global Sourcing Holding Plc's £105m IPO. Mulberry Plc, Patisserie Holdings Plc and Porta Communications Plc are among other active clients of the firm. Matthew Bodfield specialises in acting for clients in the real estate/infrastructure sector, as well as those in the staffing/recruitment sector. Mark Wesker's work spans industries such as digital business, financial services and energy and utilities. Senior partner Andrew Saul is another active practitioner.

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South West: Corporate and commercial

Corporate and commercial: Bristol

Within: Corporate and commercial: Bristol

Osborne Clarke¬†is noted for its ‚Äėexcellent strength in depth‚Äô and has continued to expand its team through a number of promotions and junior-level hires, in part to keep pace with its rapidly increasing work flows in 2017-2018. The practice's sector expertise spans digital business, corporate real estate, infrastructure, and investment funds; one of the team‚Äôs most unique features is its capability across the spectrum of funds-related mandates, from fund-backed M&A to fund formation. Alisdair Livingstone¬†advised Lloyds Development Capital and the senior management of A-Gas on the sale of A-Gas International to KKR, while the team assisted Deutsche Alternative Asset Management with the structuring and establishment of the Europe II Fund, which achieved ‚ā¨588m at its first close. Helen Parsonage¬†is another key contact in the funds team.¬†The practice is also able to devise flexible payment schemes for promising start-ups and early-stage businesses.¬†The ‚Äėprofessional and reliable‚Äô Simon Jones¬†acted for Prodigy Finance, a fintech start-up, in a financing round involving venture capital funders Index Ventures, Balderton Capital, and AlphaCode. Mark Wesker¬†assisted Actual Experience with a bookbuilding exercise through a new ordinary share placement, and Matthew Lewis¬†has been involved in high-value cross-border disposals in the energy industry. Conrad Davies, Simon Spooner¬†and David Ferris¬†are additional contacts.

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South West: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

IT and telecoms

Within: IT and telecoms

Osborne Clarke¬†¬†provides ‚Äėpragmatic solutions‚Äô and is noted for its strength the digital business sector. Will Robertson¬†heads the team and has a particular focus on technology and privacy law; he advised Bunnings in relation to a variety of business-critical IT projects for its newly acquired company Homebase. Tom Harding¬†heads the interactive entertainment practice and advises Microsoft in relation to multi-jurisdictional content acquisition and licensing deals. Senior Associate Eleanor Locke¬†specialises in commercial contracts, software arrangements and IP issues. Charlie Wedin¬†focuses on litigation and acted for Dell in a dispute against Lebanese company Systems Equipment Telecommunications Service, which claims to have exclusive rights to sell Dell products in Lebanon. Mark Wesker¬†, Simon Spooner¬†and Peter Clough¬†are also recommended.

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