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Neil is head of UK corporate and corporate partner in our London office advising on share sales, business sales, joint ventures, fund establishments and restructurings. His significant M&A experience covers both the UK and cross border, particularly emerging markets, and he has acted for a number of clients in the Middle East, having previously been seconded to our Dubai office for over three years.

Neil has particular equity capital markets experience, including advising in relation to the UKLA Listing Rules, the AIM Rules of the London Stock Exchange and the UK Takeover Code.

Lawyer Rankings

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

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Neil NicholsonDentons

Specialising in small-mid market IPOs and secondary fundraising work, Dentons’ experience spans a range of sectors, notably the technology and healthcare industries. The firm is particularly active in the AIM market, as well as advising US companies coming to the London Stock Exchange (LSE). Neil Nicholson leads the team and handles matters related to UKLA listing rules, the AIM rules of the LSE and the UK Takeover Code. Other key names in the practice include Darren Acres, who advises on UK and cross-border corporate finance transactions; and associate Verity Kent, whose forte is AIM market transactions.

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

Combining expertise in equity fundraisings and other stock exchange transactions, Dentons can draw from an extensive global network to advise on complex cross-border matters. The firm is experienced in IPOs, secondary fundraisings and M&A transactions for issuers and sponsors, nominated advisers, brokers, underwriters and lead managers. The group also has a particular forte in aviation sector deals. Nikolas Colbridge focuses on international financing transactions within capital markets across a range of stock exchanges. He co-leads the practice with head of corporate Neil Nicholson, who advises on share sales, business sales, joint ventures, fund establishments and restructurings.

London > Corporate and commercial > M&A: lower mid-market deals, £50m-£500m

Dentons‘ ‘exceptional’ commitment to ‘responsive, practical solutions‘ and ‘experience-backed commercial advice in heavily regulated transactions‘ ensures that the practice is regularly sought out for high-value deals, both domestically and internationally. Under the leadership of ‘brilliant tactician’ Neil Nicholson, the team frequently handles big-ticket mandates for a sweep of listed clients operating in the aviation, TMT, consumer goods, sports, and real estate sectors. Matthew Tinger is particularly praised on account of his capabilities in the latter, where he works with a number of hotels and commercial operators on cross-border transactions, while Darren Acres‘ cross-border expertise is most notably concentrated in transatlantic M&A and deals involving African stakeholders. Underscoring the team’s level of international fluency, Joseph Altendorff has led M&A teams in over 100 jurisdictions, particularly with respect to venture technology deals. Senior associate Joseph Collingwood is well-versed in sport and manufacturing M&A, while fellow senior associate Verity Kent is noted for her experience in oil and gas, mining, and renewable power. The team’s corporate finance offering was bolstered by the arrival of Patrick Somers from TLT in May 2021.