Equity capital markets

Whether you are embarking on an IPO or a secondary round of fundraising, looking to take your company from public to private or vice versa, or seeking guidance on a takeover or merger, our experienced team can help to support your venture.

Key Contacts

Kevin McGuinness

Kevin McGuinness


Long-standing market expertise

With a focus on providing advice that gets to the heart of what is commercially important to your transaction, our clients include issuers, promoters, nomads, brokers and corporate advisers. Our team has extensive external and in-house experience across a broad range of sectors, with a particular focus on natural resources, TMT and financial services.

We are experienced in advising across the full spectrum of equity capital markets activity including public M&A subject to the City Code, IPOs and secondary offerings. If you need guidance on the relevant rules and obligations under English corporate law, we will draw on our in-depth knowledge of corporate governance and best practice to help inform your decisions.

Our primary focus is on AIM, and we can also act for you on Main Market and NEX Exchange transactions. If you are a listed company, we provide advice and guidance on a range of matters including capital re-organisations and private acquisitions. We will prepare you for and guide you through the listing process, ensuring your path to listing is as smooth and efficient as possible.

Many of the deals we work on are cross-border, involving advisers in multiple jurisdictions. We have particular expertise in coordinating, managing and reviewing the work of overseas legal teams of issuers on your behalf.


Our Corporate Team has been involved in a number of high-profile claims and cases. Highlights include:

  • Main Market IPO of Bluebird Merchant Ventures Limited
  • advising on the successful takeover bid of Sunkar Resources Plc

  • acting on the admission of daVictus plc to Main Market
  • advising the board of Toledo Mining Corporation plc on its public takeover by DMCI Mining Corporation
  • acting on Cross Border Re-organisation


Our expertise in this area encompasses:

  • advisory assistance
  • Corporate Governance Advice
  • listings (AIM, Main Market, NEX Exchange )

  • M&A of and by public companies
  • secondary issues
  • share capital re-organisations


[Kevin and his team] acted alongside us as specialist corporate legal advisors throughout the process leading to our recent admission to AIM. They brought a detailed understanding of the issues involved and helped to consolidate effort across all of the advisors involved. They provided first rate legal input on a number of technical matters and were both accessible and quick to respond. As specialists in the corporate finance field, [Kevin and his team] are well able to compete with larger firms and can act as trusted partner for their clients. I would be delighted to recommend the firm to prospective clients.

CEO, AIM-Listed Technology Company



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