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 listed investment 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 admitted to trading on the main market for listed securities of London Stock Exchange plc, AIM and The International Stock Exchange, as well as private companies.

Experience

Laura's recent experience includes advising:

  • Winterflood Securities Limited acting as sponsor, financial adviser and placing agent to Schroder BSC Social Impact Trust plc in connection with the fund's initial public offering raising gross proceeds of approximately £75 million by way of placing, offer for subscription, intermediaries offer and issue of consideration shares 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 and connected placing programme for up to 100 million ordinary shares and/or C shares. The fund's portfolio is intended to have a focus on delivering a positive social impact in the United Kingdom;
  • 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 2020/2021 placing programme for up to 40 million ordinary shares. The fund's initial public offering was the largest ever investment trust launch;
  • 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;
  • Peel Hunt LLP acting as sponsor, broker, bookrunner and intermediaries offer adviser to Regional REIT Limited, 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;
  • 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; and
  • 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.

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