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John is a partner in the corporate group and a member of the investment funds group. His particular specialisation is in investment funds (including private onshore and offshore funds, authorised UK funds (including UCITS) and listed investment companies on the Official List, the Specialist Fund Market and AIM). John also advises clients in relation to investment fund restructurings and takeovers (both recommended and hostile). In addition, John advises extensively on financial services regulation relating to the investment management industry, including in particular the Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive. Alongside his investment funds practice, John also advises clients generally on corporate finance matters including public company takeovers under the City Code and IPOs and secondary fund raisings (acting both for corporates and investment banks/brokers).


Trained Lawrence Graham LLP; qualified 2001; assistant solicitor, Lawrence Graham LLP 2001-09; partner Lawrence Graham LLP 2009 to 2014; Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co, partner, 2014.


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London > Investment fund formation and management > Listed funds

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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.