We have dedicated practices based across the UK, the Middle East and Asia, providing a first-rate service across the full range of transactions.

Whether it's advice on domestic or cross-border takeovers of public companies, the sale or purchase of a business which involves a listed company, floating companies on the public markets or raising new equity finance for them, our corporate finance practice can help.

Our lawyers are highly regarded and we have many years' experience advising a wide range of clients in the UK and overseas including Main Market listed businesses (including companies in the FTSE 100), AIM companies, investors, management teams, financial advisory firms and corporate brokers.

In addition to our work for the UK Takeover Panel, lawyers on our team have also been seconded to the UK takeovers regulator, giving our clients the benefit of cutting-edge experience on UK takeovers and mergers, unrivalled by any other law firm.

Clients and expertise

Our recent experience includes advising on:

Public M&A Transactions

Our recent experience includes advising on:

  • GVC Holdings PLC on its up to £4bn recommended takeover of Ladbrokes Coral Group plc
  • KCOM Group plc on a competitive takeover of the company by Universities Superannuation Scheme and MEIF 6 Fibre (£627m successful bid)
  • IMImobile plc on its £543m recommended takeover by Cisco Systems, Inc.
  • Rothschild & Co on Dock Newco's £1.3bn recommended takeover of Daejan Holdings plc
  • Ted Baker plc on its £79m class 1 disposal of Big Lobster Limited (the owner of its UK headquarters) to the British Airways Pension Fund
  • SafeCharge International Group Limited on its US$889m recommended takeover by Nuvei Corporation
  • A&J Mucklow Group plc on its £415m recommended takeover by LondonMetric Property plc
  • Lambert Energy Advisory Limited on DNO ASA's £642m hostile takeover of Faroe Petroleum plc
  • Clearstar, Inc. on its £15m recommended takeover by Hanover Investors
  • JD Sports Fashion plc on its £90m recommended takeover of Footasylum plc
  • Piper Jaffray on Huadong Medicine's £186m recommended takeover of Sinclair Pharma plc
  • Artilium plc on its US$104m recommended takeover by Pareteum Corporation
  • DBAY Advisors Limited on its £99m recommended takeover of Harvey Nash Group plc 
  • OSG Group Holdings, Inc. on its £154m recommended takeover of Communisis plc
Equity Capital Markets Transactions
  • Liberum Capital on the £120m AIM IPO of SourceBio International plc
  • On The Beach Group plc on a £67m cash box placing
  • Brickability Group plc on its £150m AIM IPO
  • Scapa Group plc on a £33m cash box placing
  • N+1 Singer on the £73m AIM IPO of essensys plc
  • Numis Securities on the £651m Main Market IPO of AJ Bell plc 
  • GVC Holdings plc on its step up from AIM to the Standard segment and, subsequently, to the Premium segment of the Main Market 
  • Liberum Capital on the £145m AIM IPO of Mind Gym plc 
  • Sumo Group plc on its £145m AIM IPO
  • The Multifamily Housing REIT plc on its proposed £175m Main Market IPO
  • The City Pub Group plc on its £96m AIM IPO 
  • Zeus Capital and Jefferies on the £500m AIM IPO of boohoo group plc and subsequent equity placings, including the most recent £198m placing 
  • Norcros plc on its £60m Class 1 acquisition of Merlyn Industries Limited and related equity and debt fundraisings 
  • Zeus Capital and Peel Hunt on the £255m AIM IPO of Watkin Jones plc

"Focuses on handling some of the most complex and high-value mandates in the AIM arena, and also features prominently in mid-cap Main Market matters."
Legal 500

"Addleshaw Goddard captures a significant share of the market for work from AIM50 and AIM100 companies and also acts for a number of NOMADs."
Legal 500

"Very active in mid-cap ECM, the sheer volume of deals they do means that they are always on top of the issues.
Legal 500

"A client says: 'What I value is their can-do attitude - the fact that they very much seem to be wanting to find solutions rather than saying 'this is a problem'. It's their pragmatism, but also their energy and desire to get the thing done.' "
Chambers UK

"The team advises a large number of AIM-listed companies and NOMADs on complex transactions and is known for its capabilities in acting on transactions involving clients in the technology, financial services and gaming sectors. Client feedback states they are excellent and focused on finding solutions."
Chambers UK

For more information, please don't hesitate to get in touch.

Key contact

Meet the team
Giles Distin

Giles Distin

Partner, Corporate
London, UK

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Nick Pearey

Nick Pearey

Partner, Mergers and Acquisitions
London, UK

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Simon Wood

Simon Wood

Partner, Mergers and Acquisitions
London, UK

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