Mr Simon Wood > Addleshaw Goddard > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Addleshaw Goddard

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Simon is a corporate partner based in London, and is experienced in all types of transactions. He has particular expertise in public M&A having recently returned from a two year secondment as Secretary to the Takeover Panel, where he was involved in all the major decisions and policies made during that time. As a consequence, he has a unique insight into the manner in which the Takeover Code is applied by the Panel on a day to day basis.

Simon’s other main areas of practice involve advising public companies on the full range of transactions on the Main Market and AIM, including IPOs, secondary fundraisings, and general corporate and stock exchange compliance. Simon also regularly advises public and private companies on acquisitions of real estate assets carried out through onshore and offshore corporate structures, as well as the structuring and establishment of joint ventures for the acquisition and/or development of large property portfolios.


Recent transactions include advising: 

  • GVC Holdings plc on its £1.1 billion takeover of Digital Entertainment plc and its £485m takeover with William Hill for Sportingbet plc; 
  • Assura plc, a primary healthcare property REIT, on a £180m placing, open offer and offer for subscription; 
  • Mount Anvil on its £200m joint venture with ARES Management to fund residential developments in central London; and 
  • Investee Bank plc on the £150 million reverse takeover of Harworth Estates by Coalfield Resources plc, and the related £115m placing and open offer.

Lawyer Rankings

London > Corporate and commercial > Equity capital markets – small-mid cap

Addleshaw Goddard‘s client roster includes a significant number of FTSE AIM 50 and FTSE AIM 100 companies, as well as 12 of the top 13 UK mid-cap stockbrokers, and other financial advisers and brokers. Led by Nick Pearey, the national team is strong in AIM and Main Market matters, with it being prominent in high-profile IPOs, secondary fundraisings and public M&A. In one highlight, Giles Distin and legal director Jeremy Cruse acted for Liberum Capital on the £120m AIM IPO of SourceBio International Plc, which was one of the few AIM IPOs to take place in 2020. Simon Wood and Roger Hart are also recommended.