What can I do for you?
I help businesses to achieve their commercial objectives. My work focuses on corporate finance for companies and other commercial clients. I have significant experience in advising in relation to capital markets (both main market and AIM) including fundraisings, initial public offerings, mergers & acquisitions and corporate restructurings. Recent work includes an £80m takeover offer, several AIM fundraisings, a £28m recommended takeover code offer structured as a scheme of arrangement, two £300m+ bond issues, the £100m dual track trade sale and AIM IPO for an advanced manufacturing company. I am a member of the Quoted Companies Alliance Legal Technical Committee.
I also have an interest in the laws relating to the testing and use of autonomous vehicles. I have consulted with general counsel from major automotive manufacturers and suppliers, responded to calls for evidence from the UK Government, have been quoted by the media and have been invited to discuss the subject at the House of Lords. Background to our suggested legislative framework can be found here.
Supporting my clients’ objectives
It is always a pleasure to help clients implement challenging transactions. A recent highlight for me was assisting SDI Group on its sale to Dematic SARL. We first advised the management team of SDI Group on the recommended takeover of SDI Group plc by a management backed Bidco. Several years later, we advised the same management team on the sale of SDI Group to Dematic SARL. Due to various legal and technical reasons, the transaction had to be structured involving both a private company acquisition and a Rule 9 mandatory Takeover Code offer. We helped navigate the complex regulatory requirements so as to ensure a successful conclusion to the transaction. Using our expert judgement and fresh ideas consistently for the benefit of our clients is what makes our role as legal adviser rewarding.
What others say about me
Legal 500 commented that I am “responsive, and have a ‘can-do’ attitude and a good rapport with clients.” whilst Chambers & Partners states: "Stephen Hamilton offers specialist advice in corporate and capital markets transactions. Clients commend his high-quality work product."