Laura Dobie Senior Associate


Speaks:  English

Qualified: 2014 - Solicitor of England & Wales


Primary office:  London



Laura Dobie

Laura is a Senior Associate in the corporate group specialising in corporate finance and equity capital markets. As a member of the investment funds team Laura has a particular focus on closed-ended listed funds.

Laura regularly advises investment companies and their advisers on initial public offerings and secondary issues, as well as advising on their regulatory obligations and commercial arrangements. Laura works for companies listed on London Stock Exchange plc's main market for listed securities and AIM and their advisers.

Experience

Laura's recent experience includes advising:

  • M&G Credit Income Investment Trust plc on its initial public offering raising gross proceeds of £100 million by way of initial placing, initial offer for subscription and intermediaries offer and admission to listing on the premium segment of the Official List of the Financial Conduct Authority and to trading on the premium segment of the main market for listed securities of London Stock Exchange plc. The fund launch marked M&G's re-entry into the investment trust market;
  • Aberdeen Standard European Logistics Income PLC on its initial public offering raising gross proceeds of £187.5 million by way of initial placing and offer for subscription and admission to listing on the premium segment of the Official List of the Financial Conduct Authority and to trading on the premium segment of the main market for listed securities of London Stock Exchange plc. This is the first investment trust launched by Aberdeen Standard Life Investments following the merger of Aberdeen Asset Management PLC and Standard Life plc and the fund is managed by one of the largest European real estate investment managers;
  • Odyssean Investment Trust PLC on its initial public offering raising gross proceeds of £87.5 million by way of initial placing, offer for subscription and intermediaries offer and admission to listing on the premium segment of the Official List of the Financial Conduct Authority and to trading on the premium segment of the main market for listed securities of London Stock Exchange plc. The fund was the first fund launched by Odyssean Capital LLP which was established as a joint venture between the fund's manager, Stuart Widdowson, and Harwood Capital, the smaller companies investment boutique founded by Christopher Mills;
  • CEIBA Investments Limited on its initial public offering raising gross proceeds of £30 million pursuant to a placing and offer for subscription and admission to trading on the Specialist Fund Segment of the main market for listed securities of London Stock Exchange plc. CEIBA Investments Limited is managed by Aberdeen Standard Investments and is the largest listed foreign investor solely dedicated to investing in Cuba;
  • CIP Merchant Capital Limited on its initial public offering raising gross proceeds of £55 million by way of subscription and admission to trading on the AIM market of London Stock Exchange plc;
  • Nplus1 Singer Advisory LLP and Fidante Capital Plc on a repurchase opportunity and placement programme for gross placing proceeds of up to U.S.$300 million for Carador Income Fund plc; and
  • finnCap Ltd, acting as Sponsor to Vietnam Holding Limited, on the migration of Vietnam Holding Limited's domicile from the Cayman Islands to Guernsey and the change of its trading venue from AIM to the premium segment of the main market of London Stock Exchange plc in conjunction with admission to listing on the premium segment of the Official List of the FCA.

In 2015 Laura spent six months on secondment to the Investment Trusts Division of Winterflood Securities Limited.

Career & Recognition

Filter timeline:
  • 2018

    • Career
      July 2018
      Gowling WLG (UK), senior associate
  • 2017

    • Career
      June 2017
      Gowling WLG (UK), associate
  • 2015

    • Career
      January 2015
      Winterflood Securities Limited, secondee
  • 2014

    • Career
      August 2014
      Maclay Murray & Spens LLP, solicitor
    • Qualifications (Year of Call/Admission, etc.)
       2014
      Qualified, Solicitor of England & Wales
  • 2012

    • Career
      August 2012
      Maclay Murray & Spens LLP, trainee
  • 2011

    • Education
       2011
      University of Northumbria, LPC
  • 2010

    • Education
       2010
      University of Northumbria, Graduate Diploma in Law
  • 2009

    • Education
       2009
      University of Durham, BA (Hons.) in History