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Addleshaw Goddard

Work Department

Corporate (London)


Giles is a partner in the Equity Capital Markets and Public M&A group in London. He is a specialist in advising on securities regulation and on listed company transactions, including takeovers and other stock market regulated M&A transactions (cross-border and domestic), initial public offerings, reverse takeovers, public equity fundraisings and other equity capital markets transactions involving companies listed on the Main Market or AIM market of the London Stock Exchange. Giles was seconded for two years to the UK Takeover Panel and is one of a select number of lawyers in the UK with cutting edge experience of takeovers gained both in private practice and at the competent authority for regulating takeovers and mergers in the UK. Whilst in private practice, Giles has advised on over 50 public takeover bids. Example takeover transactions include the recommended takeover offers for Latchways plc, Plethora Solutions Holdings plc, Creston plc and Electric Word plc. He advises listed issuers as well as financial advisers and brokers such as finnCap, Nplus1 Singer, Peel Hunt, Shore Capital & Corporate, Smith Square Partners, Stockdale Securities and VSA Capital.


Trained Shoosmiths & Harrison, qualified 1998; Hammonds Suddards (became Squire Patton Boggs), 1998-2015 (London); Addleshaw Goddard 2015 to present (London).


The University of Bristol (LLB Law, 2:1 Hons); University of Bristol Law School.

Lawyer Rankings

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

(Hall of Fame)

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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.