Capital markets

Today’s markets offer unique challenges and we can help you to navigate them so that your company thrives and achieves its goals. If you are a listed or quoted company, whatever your project, we can steer you in the right direction.

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Helping your company take advantage of the capital markets

Whatever your business, the demands of being a listed or quoted company are many – particularly at times of intense corporate activity. We can help you to meet those demands. Our team has a combination of financial and legal know-how that will give you a real competitive advantage.

The vast experience we have in this area allows us to guide you effectively through any type of transaction and protect you from ever more intense regulatory scrutiny. We advise on the full range of transactions and issues, including city code takeovers, IPOs, restructurings, public-to-privates, mergers and acquisitions, and secondary fundraisings, as well as day-to-day compliance matters.

Our clients include multinational FTSE 100 companies and companies on the AIM and international stock markets.

We offer top quality advice that combines regulatory expertise with a full understanding of your financial and commercial environments. From the very first phone call, we believe you will find us insightful, commercial and efficient.

Our lawyers

Our lawyers are often complimented on providing advice that is superior to that provided by the top global law firms. Allied with this is the personal service and enthusiasm you get from us as a firm that takes a real interest in our clients’ businesses is proud of developing a strong relationship with our clients. You can get the right guidance and the right attitude at the same time.

We are renowned for:

  • Our commercial approach, which enables us to combine our financial and legal acumen for the benefit of our clients. 
  • Our technical legal ability – Stephen Hamilton, the lead partner in our capital markets group, is a member of the Quoted Companies Alliance Legal Technical Committee. 
  • The quality of our lawyers.

We have lawyers specialising in all the areas of law you could need, such as tax, intellectual property and employment, to ensure you get a complete service taking into account the regulatory environment in which you operate.

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Our experience

Examples of our capital markets experience include:

  • Advising Bango plc (a leading mobile technology company) on institutional fundraising initiatives and helping them secure substantial funding. 
  • Helping Ubisense Group plc through its IPO and M&A activity while raising funds from both institutional investors and its existing shareholder base. 
  • Advising Nplus1 Singer Capital Markets (one of the top five corporate advisory and broking businesses in the UK middle market) as nominated adviser and broker to an AIM company, on an institutional fundraising. 
  • We have helped XAAR plc (a technology company) with their business activities for many years, including advising the company on its £15 million fundraising through a placing and open offer on the main market of the London Stock Exchange. 
  • Advising the University of Cambridge on the launch of a £350 million public bond issue, the first capital markets fundraising undertaken by the university in its 800-year history. 
  • Advising Cheung Kong Infrastructure Holdings Limited (the largest Hong Kong listed entity with infrastructure investments worldwide) on its £75 million sale of Cambridge Water plc, which allowed CKI to then launch a £4 billion takeover offer for Northumbrian Water Group plc.

Our clients

Other clients, in addition to those named above, include: 

  • AVEVA Group plc 
  • Dialight plc 
  • First Property Group plc 
  • Pursuit Dynamics plc 
  • Randall & Quilter Investment Holdings plc
  • Scientific Digital Imaging plc
  • Telford Homes plc

What our clients and others say about us 

  • "City-quality work at flexible, local prices." Chambers UK 
  • “Being the headquarters of a global company with many international offices can give rise to challenging issues. Mills & Reeve have always proved themselves to be diligent, responsive, accommodating and above all reliable.” FTSE 250, techMARK company, AVEVA plc

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