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Jocelyn Ormond

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Jocelyn has experience of advising financial institutions, other public and private companies and private equity investors on a broad range of corporate and private equity transactions, financing arrangements, commercial contracts and corporate governance issues. He has notable expertise in relation to private and public M&A, joint ventures (including public private partnerships) and equity capital markets (including AIM) with a particular focus on the Life Sciences (and wider healthcare) and Financial Institutions sectors.

London: Corporate and commercial

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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Private equity: transactions

Within: Private equity: transactions

Simmons & Simmons undertakes complex mid-cap and large-cap transactions that are connected with the firm's key business sectors, particularly TMT, life sciences, asset management and investment funds, and financial institutions. There has also been an increase in activity in infrastructure and real estate deals. In 2017, Arthur Stewart, who heads up the team in London, was the lead adviser to Veolia on its £735m sale (alongside MF Infrastructure and Morgan Stanley Infrastructure) of shares in Affinity Water Limited to a consortium consisting of Allianz Capital Partners, HICL Infrastructure Company Limited and DIF. Jocelyn Ormond is another notable individual in the group, whose other clients include Brookfield Asset Management, AnaCap Financial Partners and Augmentum Capital. Gideon Sharp heads up the international private equity practice. 

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Venture capital

Within: Venture capital

Able to leverage very strong regulatory and IP support, Simmons & Simmons is becoming more visible within the venture capital space on behalf of investors and investees which are appreciative of its 'excellent industry knowledge' and 'commerciality', particularly in relation to fintech and digital health matters. Patrick Graves recently advised the German retailer Metro Group on its equity investment in Yoyo Wallet, the fast-growing British mobile payments app, as part of a £12m series B funding round. The 'responsive and solutions-oriented' Jocelyn Ormond regularly handles private equity and venture capital work in the life sciences space and recently advised the shareholders of Intelligent Ultrasound (an Oxford University spin-out) on the company's sale to MedaPhor Group plc. Other clients include Augmentum Capital, Oak Investment Partners and Catterton Partners.

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London: Public sector


Within: Healthcare

Simmons & Simmons¬† handles complex corporate healthcare transactions and advisory work for asset management and private healthcare providers. The team has a ‚Äėhuge depth of experience‚Äô whole and practice head Jocelyn Ormond¬†is noted for his ‚Äėexcellent knowledge of the healthcare market and the legal and contractual frameworks‚Äô, his recent instructions include advising Intelligent Ultrasound and Weight Partners Capital on complex M&A matters. Corporate partner Charles Mayo¬† is highly recommended for public/private partnership arrangements.

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