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Oliver is a partner in the corporate group and specialises in corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions and equity capital markets. He regularly advises on IPOs and secondary issues, either acting for the company or investment bank, with a particular emphasis on the investment funds sector. Oliver also has considerable experience advising on mergers and acquisitions, with a particular focus on the real estate and technology sectors. Recent experience includes: advising GCP Student Living plc, the first UK residential REIT, on its IPO on the Specialist Fund Market, raising £70m, and on the subsequent acquisitions of ‘The Pad’ and ‘Scape Greenwich’, and associated secondary fundraising by way of a placing, open offer and offer for subscription, raising £42m; advising N+1 in its capacity as sponsor and brother to Skyepharma PLC on its first placing, placing an open offer raising £112m; advising Waters Corporation, a New York Stock Exchange-listed company, on the acquisition of Nonlinear Dynamics; advising BlackRock North American Income Trust plc on its main market listing and £65m fundraising by way of a placing and offer for subscription, placing programme to raise up to £17m and ‘C’ Share issue that raised £15.5m; advising Universities Superannuation Scheme on the sale of 5% of the corporate structure that owns Eden Walk shopping centre, Kingston to British Land.


Trained LG 1998-2000, assistant solicitor 2000-08, partner 2008 to date; Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co, partner, 2014.


Bradford Grammar School; Nottingham University (1996 (Hons) history); Nottingham Law School.

Lawyer Rankings

London > Investment fund formation and management > Listed funds

Gowling WLG has a stand-out closed-ended listed funds team that advises funds, investment banks and their brokers, throughout fund lifecycles, including IPOs and secondary fundraisings, as well as capital restructurings and reorganisations. The group works closely with the firm’s tax and financial services regulatory lawyers, giving it the ability to provide a rounded service. Nick Heather , who stepped down from the partnership and became of counsel in 2022, continues to lead the practice group, drawing on a strong track-record in domestic and overseas fund listings on the London markets. John Reed is an expert in fund structurings for on- and offshore fund managers, as well as public M&A transactions involving investment funds; while Oliver Riley and Kristian Rogers  are also practitioners of note. Principal associate Kate Seabourne  has a growing investment fund IPO and secondary fundraising practice.

London > Investment fund formation and management > Real estate funds

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Nick Heather leads Gowling WLG‘s corporate and investment funds team, described as providing ‘top-notch support’ to its clients. The real estate funds offering advises large institutional investors and GPs on complex transactions and has a particular presence in the social housing, specialist supported housing, senior living and retirement housing markets. It deals with private closed-ended, platforms, club deals, joint ventures and deal-by-deal investment structures. The team is recognised for its expertise in investment funds, more specifically in relation to closed-ended, listed funds and REITs; Oliver Riley has established himself as a leading adviser on real estate fund transactions with focus on the launch, structuring and reconstruction of onshore and offshore closed-ended funds and REITs, having advised on the UK residential REIT GCP Student Living.