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London: Corporate and commercial

Equity capital markets ‚Äď small-mid cap
Equity capital markets ‚Äď small-mid cap - ranked: tier 4

Kerman & Co

With sector specialisms in tech, retail and natural resources, Kerman & Co runs an integrated corporate practice that advises on equity fundraisings, M&A and other public company matters. Led by Peter Kohl, the team focuses on acting for corporate issuers and has a long track record of experience in handling AIM IPOs.

Practice head(s):Peter Kohl

Other key lawyers:Peter Wilkie; Coral Yu; Joan Yu


'They are very professional but at the same time easy to deal with and approachable.'

Key Clients

InfraStrata plc

Panthera Resources plc

Applegreen plc

Baron Oil plc

Empyrean Energy plc

Victoria Oil & Gas plc

Rurelec plc

Metals Exploration plc

Columbus Energy Resources plc

United Oil & Gas plc

Work highlights

  • Advised Applegreen plc in connection with their acquisition of a 50.01% majority stake in Welcome Break and the admission of its enlarged share capital to trading on AIM.
  • Advised long standing client Victoria Oil & Gas on its ongoing fundraising of £13.6m, which is comprised of an oversubscribed placing of £7.7m and a subscription of £5.9m.
  • Advised United Oil & Gas plc (UOG) on its proposed admission to AIM having acted for the client since its RTO on the standard segment of the Main Market.
  • Acted for AIM-quoted InfraStrata plc in connection with its recent placing to raise £1.5m.

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M&A: smaller deals, up to £50m
M&A: smaller deals, up to £50m - ranked: tier 2

Kerman & Co

Kerman & Co tends to act for small and medium sized entrepreneurial companies and family-owned businesses, primarily on owner exits and strategic acquisitions. The team is regularly referred work from corporate finance houses and accountancy practices, and has advised on the legal aspects of complex cross-border transactions. With an office in Dublin, the firm is also well-positioned to deal with transactions encompassing Irish companies or governed by Irish law. Following the merger with boutique technology M&A firm Coffey Graham, the team was bolstered by the arrival of two new partners with experience in this area. Peter Kohl heads the corporate practice.

Practice head(s):Peter Kohl

Other key lawyers:Martin O’Donoghue

Key Clients

Applegreen Plc

McGinley Group



Bestway Group Plc

The Future Customer Ltd

Dinkum Products Ltd

Victoria Oil & Gas

43 North Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised Applegreen Plc in connection with its £361.8m acquisition of a 50.01% majority stake in Welcome Break, and the admission of its enlarged share capital to trading on AIM.
  • Advised McFinley CEP on the acquisition of construction recruitment agency First Choice.
  • Advised shareholders of The Future Customer in connection with the company’s sale to NASDAQ listed ICF.
  • Advised Dinkum Products on the sale of its business to Aimia Foods , a subsidiary of NYSE-listed Cott Corporation, for £4m.
  • Advised shareholders of Hamsard 3369 Limited, which includes private equity firm Chiltern Capital, in connection with the company’s sale to financial group Enra.

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London: Human resources

Immigration: business - ranked: tier 6

Kerman & Co

Kerman & Co is instructed by a range of corporate clients for UK immigration matters; the practice is noted for its sports sector expertise, while it is also active in sectors including financial services, IT, legal, recruitment, healthcare and architecture. The team also offers advice to private clients, advising on nationality issues as well as Tier 1 applications. Practice head Stephen Hall joined in January 2018 from Kingsley Napley LLP.

Practice head(s):Stephen Hall

Key Clients

HSF Health Plan


Econet Investments

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London: Projects, energy and natural resources

Mining and minerals
Mining and minerals - ranked: tier 5

Kerman & Co

The natural resources team at London commercial and corporate firm Kerman & Co advises a mix of mining clients on public and private M&A, debt and equity financing, disputes and commercial contracts. The group, led by Peter Kohl, is especially strong with regards to transactions for companies quoted on the Main Market and AIM market of the London Stock Exchange. Una Deretic and Joan Yu are also key names.

Practice head(s):Peter Kohl

Other key lawyers:Una Deretic; Joan Yu

Key Clients

Jade Resources Limited

Panthera Resources Plc


Gerald Metals Groups

Highcountry Cameroon Limited

Metals Exploration Plc

Capital Metals Ltd

ARC Minerals Ltd

Work highlights

  • Advised Panthera Resources Plc on its admission to AIM.

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Oil and gas
Oil and gas - ranked: tier 4

Kerman & Co

Kerman & Co acts for companies involved in transactions in a large number of jurisdictions across the world, particularly in Africa and Asia. Peter Kohl's group has a strong reputation in the oil and gas sector, particularly in emerging markets, where it represents both private and public sector clients. Una Deretic, Joan Yu and experienced litigator John Evans are also key names to note.

Practice head(s):Peter Kohl

Other key lawyers:Una Deretic; Joan Yu; John Evans

Key Clients

Applegreen Plc / Petrogas

Baron Oil Plc

Columbus Energy Resources Plc

Empyrean Energy Plc

Ebioss Energy

Infrastrata Plc

Midway Resources International

United Oil & Gas Plc

Victoria Oil & Gas

Work highlights

  • Advised Applegreen Plc in connection with its acquisition of a 50.01% majority stake in Welcome Break and the admission of its enlarged share capital to trading on AIM.
  • Advised United Oil & Gas on its admission to AIM.
  • Advised Victoria Oil & Gas on its ongoing fundraising of £13.57m.
  • Advised Columbus Energy Resources in connection with its acquisition of Steeldrum Oil Company Inc and entry into a new short-term convertible security facility.

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London: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

Sport - ranked: tier 4

Kerman & Co

Kerman & Co's sports team acts for governing bodies, event hosts, football clubs and private investors, specialising in targeting and blocking ticketing touts, drafting and negotiating key sponsorship deals and advising on the hosting and planning of major events, such as the London Marathon and the new all-female single-seater W Series championship.  Practice head Zane Shihab specialises in IP and commercial contracts, serves as in-house legal counsel to Wimbledon, and represents players in disciplinary proceedings brought before the FA. Regulatory expert James Thorndyke also advises on IP issues and regularly utilises ADR to settle matters for clients, including governing bodies and leagues.

Practice head(s):Zane Shihab

Other key lawyers:James Thorndyke


"What particularly sets Kerman apart is the combination of this subject-matter expertise with extensive general experience of commercial litigation. This means they are likely to be the first port of call for many clients in relation to contentious sports work."

"Kermans' sports team is an excellent unit, with a very impressive range of clients at the highest level of a number of sports."

"In respect of ticketing work, the team are true specialists."

"James Thorndyke is exceptionally diligent - he works tremendously hard to ensure the best result for his client. He also loves the law: he thinks hard about difficult legal points and innovative arguments. He also knows when to listen to counsel and when to challenge advice. James also has sound practical judgment and client communication skills." 

"James Thorndyke produces good quality written work, turns things around quickly, he is very commercial, and he gets results." 

Key Clients

All England Lawn Tennis Club

Chelsea Football Club

England and Wales Cricket Board

Horsemen’s Group

London Marathon Events Limited

London & Surrey Cycling Partnership

Pit Stop Brand Consultancy

Racehorse Owners Association

Rugby Football Union



W Series

Welsh Rugby Union

World Marathon Majors

Work highlights

  • Advising W Series Limited on sponsorship and outsourcing agreements.
  • Advised All England Lawn Tennis Club (Championships) Limited in a High Court claim brought against Aldi Stores Limited.
  • Advised London & Surrey Cycling Partnership on the sponsorship of the series of events RideLondon.
  • Advising London Marathon Events Limited on all of its events.
  • Advising The All England Lawn Tennis Club (Championships) Limited on enforcing its ticket terms and conditions to The Championships, Wimbledon.
Leading individuals

James Thorndyke - Kerman & Co

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