Laura Dobie Principal Associate


Speaks:  English

Qualified: 2014 - Solicitor of England & Wales


Primary office:  London



Laura Dobie

Laura is a Principal Associate in the Corporate, Finance and Tax group specialising in corporate finance and equity capital markets. As a member of the Financial Services and Funds team Laura has a particular focus on closed-ended listed funds.

Laura advises listed companies, investment trusts and investment companies, their boards, investment management houses and the investment banks and brokers that advise them. Laura regularly acts on initial public offerings and secondary fundraisings, as well as advising companies on their regulatory and corporate governance obligations and commercial arrangements. Laura works for companies listed on London Stock Exchange plc's main market for listed securities and admitted to trading on AIM and The International Stock Exchange, as well as private companies.

Experience

Laura's recent experience includes advising:

  • Aberdeen Standard European Logistics Income PLC on a fundraising by way of placing, open offer and offer for subscription raising gross proceeds of approximately £46.4 million and a connected share issuance programme for up to 200 million ordinary shares and/or C shares. Laura also advised the fund on its initial public offering raising gross proceeds of £187.5 million by way of 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. The fund is managed by one of the largest European real estate investment managers and was the first investment trust launched by Aberdeen Standard Life Investments following the merger of Aberdeen Asset Management PLC and Standard Life plc;
  • M&G Credit Income Investment Trust plc on its initial public offering raising gross proceeds of £100 million by way of 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 launch marked M&G's re-entry into the investment trust market;
  • Odyssean Investment Trust PLC on its initial public offering raising gross proceeds of £87.5 million by way of 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 by way of 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. The fund 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 AIM, a market operated by London Stock Exchange plc. The fund was incorporated as a vehicle through which to exploit the expertise of Merchant Capital Manager Limited, an affiliate of Continental Investment Partners SA;
  • Jefferies International Limited acting as sponsor, global co-ordinator and bookrunner to SDCL Energy Efficiency Income Trust plc in connection with the fund's placing and offer for subscription raising gross proceeds of approximately £110 million, and connected share issuance programme for up to 500 million ordinary shares and/or C shares. The initial issue was heavily oversubscribed and was in excess of the targeted gross proceeds of approximately £60 million;
  • Investec Bank plc acting as sponsor and broker to Smithson Investment Trust plc in connection with the fund's placing programme for up to 40 million ordinary shares. The fund's initial public offering was the largest ever investment trust launch;
  • Peel Hunt LLP acting as sponsor, broker, bookrunner and intermediaries offer adviser, in connection with the fund's placing, open offer, offer for subscription and intermediaries offer raising gross proceeds of £62.5 million, which was in excess of the targeted gross proceeds of approximately £50 million; and
  • finnCap Ltd acting as sponsor to Vietnam Holding Limited on the migration of the fund's domicile from the Cayman Islands to Guernsey and the change of its trading venue from AIM, a market operated by London Stock Exchange plc, to the premium segment of the main market for listed securities of London Stock Exchange plc in conjunction with admission to listing on the premium segment of the Official List of the Financial Conduct Authority.

In addition, Laura has completed secondments to the Investment Banking Division of Investec Bank plc and the Investment Trusts Division of Winterflood Securities Limited.

Career & Recognition

Filter timeline:
  • 2020

    • Career
      July 2020
      Gowling WLG (UK), Principal Associate
  • 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