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Tom Nicholls

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A corporate partner with a particular expertise in equity capital markets and M&A, Tom has acted on over 60 IPOs on the London Stock Exchange. He is well known in the mid-cap sector where clients value his in-depth knowledge of the London market and highly commercial and pragmatic approach. Tom is ranked as a leading individual for flotations by The Legal 500 UK.

His practice includes advising on IPOs and secondary issues (Main Market and AIM) both in London and internationally, public company takeovers, investment funds, domestic and cross border private M&A and advising quoted companies on their obligations to the UK Listing Authority and the London Stock Exchange. Tom acts both for listed issuers as well as for investment banks and financial advisers in their capacity as sponsors, nomads and brokers.

Reflecting the varied constituents of the London markets, he has advised clients across a number of sectors but has a particular focus on both the technology and natural resources (oil and gas, mining and minerals and energy) sectors.

With regards to M&A, Tom regularly advises on acquisitions and disposals involving both private and listed companies. He also advises clients on general company law issues including corporate governance for public and private companies as well as private fundraisings, joint ventures, investment agreements and a range of commercial contracts.

Tom is consultant editor of "A Practitioner's Guide to the AIM Rules" published by Sweet & Maxwell and is ranked as a key individual for Capital Markets (mid-cap) by both The Legal 500 and Chambers UK directories.

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Equity capital markets ‚Äď small-mid cap

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Tom Nicholls - Stephenson Harwood

Within: Equity capital markets ‚Äď small-mid cap

Stephenson Harwood has experience working for nominated advisers and companies across London's AIM, Main Market and Specialist Funds Segment. Given the breadth of industry sectors and market segments it handles, the team managed to stay very active in the face of a mercurial market, having acted in nearly 70 London ECM deals in 2018. Moreover, the firm has continued to invest in the ECM group through new partner promotions in 2018 and 2019. The practice group is headed by Tom Nicholls, 'a talented and business-oriented lawyer with great knowledge of the London market; an absolute go-to'.

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  • 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.
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