Our capital markets group is a core part of our corporate team, advising AIM, Main Market and NEX clients on a broad range of equity capital markets transactions including IPOs, dual-listings, secondary fundraisings, M&A and public takeovers.

We help UK and overseas companies seeking to access the UK capital markets, as well as a range of investment banks, financial advisers, sponsors, brokers and AIM nominated advisers on capital markets deals. We have particular expertise advising on dual-listings on AIM of companies listed on foreign exchanges, such as the TSX, TSX-V, ASX and OTC.

We also advise listed companies and their shareholders on corporate governance, shareholder engagement and regulatory compliance issues, supported by a market leading FCA regulatory team.

We are particularly active on AIM and are recognised in the legal directories for our corporate expertise and sector focus.

Capital markets & IPOs experience

  • Advised finnCap on the initial public offering of Elixirr on AIM and £25m placing. This was the first AIM IPO to occur since the Covid-19 pandemic lockdown began.

  • Advised Cedarvale Holdings Ltd on its unrecommended tender offer for shares in AIM quoted Northern Bear Plc.

  • Advised Shore Capital on three separate fundraisings by its AIM quoted technology client Location Sciences Group Plc. The transactions were by way of placing and open offer.

  • Advised AIM-listed Scotgold Resources Limited on its £9 million placing, subscription and secured debt funding in relation to its investment in the Cononish gold mine in Tyndrum, Scotland.

  • Acted for Arden Partners plc in relation to the recommended offer by SEC Newgate S.p.A (previously named SEC S.p.A) of Porta Communications plc resulting in a reverse takeover of SEC Newgate under the AIM Rules and the combined group being re-admitted to trading on AIM structured by way of a UK scheme of arrangement.

  • Advised Realty Invest Holding LLP (RIH), a limited liability partnership incorporated in Kazakhstan, on its US$46 million unrecommended takeover of main market listed Chagala Group limited.

  • Advised Plexus Holdings in connection with the sale of its wellhead exploration and services business for jack-up applications for up to £42.5million to a subsidiary of TechnipFMC.

  • Advised Summerway Capital Plc, a newly established investing company, on its initial public offering on AIM and £6.1 million placing.

  • Advised Directa Plus, the AIM quoted producer and supplier of graphene-based products on its placing and open offer to raise £8.24 million in connection with the acquisition of Setcar, a Romanian waste management business.

  • Advised AIM quoted Westmount Energy Ltd in relation to its secondary placing of up to 42,871,537 new ordinary shares in Westmount, to raise up to approximately £5.57m at a price of 13 pence per share.

Capital markets & IPOs FAQs

Yes. Whilst we work on all of the major domestic exchanges (Official List, AIM, NEX as well as the Channels Islands International Stock Exchange), the majority of our work is on AIM.

Yes. We are able to offer fixed fee arrangements, depending on the nature of the transaction. Other fee arrangements are also available to provide our clients with increased certainty as to price.

Yes. Our lawyers have extensive expertise of public company takeovers and are recognised in the legal directories as Takeover Code experts.

Yes. Our capital markets group has extensive experience of AIM transactions and advise on a broad range of transactions including IPOs, secondary fundraisings, M&A, corporate governance, shareholder engagement and shareholder activism.

Yes. The majority of corporate transactions we advise on have an international element and we are experienced at working with overseas clients as well as responding to the requirements of non-UK lawyers and advisers. We have particular expertise advising on dual-listings on AIM of companies listed on foreign exchanges, such as the TSX, TSX-V, ASX and OTC.

I was impressed with Fox Williams as a practical group of knowledgeable lawyers. As I am located in Canada and do business mostly in the US, I do not have much interaction with UK firms. Compared to other North American firms, I would say that Fox Williams ranks as a first class firm."


Legal 500 2021

"The firm is able to provide a full service over a number of areas, with the requisite skills and experience to ensure that nothing gets missed."


Chambers UK 2021

"It is a good City law firm with experienced and hands-on staff, who are committed to client goals, approachable and accessible."


Chambers UK 2021

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