Expertise

Giles is a Partner in the Corporate Finance Group of Addleshaw Goddard’s London office. He is an expert in advising on securities regulation and on listed company transactions, including takeovers and other regulated merger and acquisition (M&A) transactions (cross-border and domestic), initial public offerings (IPOs), reverse takeovers and public equity fundraisings 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 approximately 50 public takeover bids.

Giles has been ranked or listed in The Legal 500 UK, Chambers, SuperLawyers and Legal Experts for his expertise in advising on a range of UK listed public company transactions.

Recent deals have included advising:

  • Plethora Solutions Holdings plc on its £114 million recommended takeover offer by Regent Pacific Group Limited
  • Latchways plc on its £124 million recommended takeover offer by MSA Safety Inc.
  • VSA Capital, financial adviser to NetDragon Websoft Inc., in relation to NetDragon’s £84.1 million recommended takeover offer for Promethean World plc
  • London Main Market listed investment company, City of London Group plc, on its equity fundraising, change of investing policy and move to the AIM market of the London Stock Exchange
  • Peel Hunt LLP, as underwriter, in relation to Curtis Banks plc’s £85 million IPO on the AIM market of the London Stock Exchange
  • Accumuli plc on its £55 million recommended takeover offer by NCC Group plc
  • Avanta Serviced Office Group plc on its £44.4 million unsolicited (but subsequently recommended) takeover offer by Toscafund Asset Management LLP
  • AIM-listed 3Legs, an Isle of Man-incorporated investing company, in relation to a change of investing policy, return of capital to shareholders, equity fundraising and change of management
  • Smith Square Partners, financial adviser to FN Herstal SA, in relation to Herstal’s £16 million recommended takeover offer for Manroy plc
  • Cardtronics, Inc. on its £8.5 million recommended takeover offer for i-design plc
  • An unannounced bidder on its unannounced abortive competitive takeover offer for Exillon Energy plc
  • An unannounced AIM-listed software business in defending against a hostile takeover approach
  • Cytec Industries Inc. on its £274 million recommended takeover offer for Umeco plc
  • Clarity Commerce Solutions plc on its defence against a £10.4 million hostile takeover offer by Enigmatic Investments Limited
  • Peel Hunt LLP, financial adviser to CNH Bidco Ltd (a company backed by HarbourVest), in relation to CNH Bidco’s £33.8 million recommended takeover offer for Parseq plc

Giles is a member of the Corporate Finance Faculty of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW) which, amongst other things, consults on proposed changes to securities, accounting and financial services regulation in the UK.

Professional memberships
  • ICAEW
Testimonials

The Legal 500 UK :

  • "Praised for his knowledge of listed markets" (M&A: midmarket)
  • "Well regarded" (Small and midcap flotations)
Education
  • Year qualified: 1998
  • University of Bristol Law School (1995)
  • The University of Bristol – BA (2:1) and LL.B (Hons) Law (1992 to 1995)
Deal highlights
  • Plethora Solutions Holdings plc on its £114 million recommended takeover offer by Regent Pacific Group Limited
  • Latchways plc on its £124 million recommended takeover offer by MSA Safety Inc.
  • VSA Capital, financial adviser to NetDragon Websoft Inc., in relation to NetDragon’s £84.1 million recommended takeover offer for Promethean World plc
  • London Main Market listed investment company, City of London Group plc, on its equity fundraising, change of investing policy and move to the AIM market of the London Stock Exchange
  • Peel Hunt LLP, as underwriter, in relation to Curtis Banks plc’s £85 million IPO on the AIM market of the London Stock Exchange
  • Accumuli plc on its £55 million recommended takeover offer by NCC Group plc
  • Avanta Serviced Office Group plc on its £44.4 million unsolicited (but subsequently recommended) takeover offer by Toscafund Asset Management LLP
  • AIM-listed 3Legs, an Isle of Man-incorporated investing company, in relation to a change of investing policy, return of capital to shareholders, equity fundraising and change of management
  • Smith Square Partners, financial adviser to FN Herstal SA, in relation to Herstal’s £16 million recommended takeover offer for Manroy plc
  • Cardtronics, Inc. on its £8.5 million recommended takeover offer for i-design plc
  • An unannounced bidder on its unannounced abortive competitive takeover offer for Exillon Energy plc
  • An unannounced AIM-listed software business in defending against a hostile takeover approach
  • Cytec Industries Inc. on its £274 million recommended takeover offer for Umeco plc
  • Clarity Commerce Solutions plc on its defence against a £10.4 million hostile takeover offer by Enigmatic Investments Limited
  • Peel Hunt LLP, financial adviser to CNH Bidco Ltd (a company backed by HarbourVest), in relation to CNH Bidco’s £33.8 million recommended takeover offer for Parseq plc