Capital markets transactions can be a key development in how a public company operates and raises new capital for growth; in-depth legal knowledge and experience of the capital markets are vital components in managing your requirements in going public and securing future funding and getting this transformation right. Our long-established capital markets law firm has an extensive track record advising issuers and their sponsors, financial advisers, nominated advisers and brokers on IPOs and secondary fundraises. Always considering key commercial issues important to our clients, we are well versed in navigating potential issues in any transaction.
We rank among the top-tier law firms for total number of stock market clients (Main Market and AIM), and have consistently been ranked as a leading AIM market adviser, both by a number of clients and market capitalisation, (Advisers Rankings Guide). We are particularly noted for our international experience and our comprehensive capital markets offering.
Our team of capital markets lawyers is recognised as one of the most active and successful in stock exchange and equity transactions, having vast experience advising issuers, sponsors, brokers and nomads on IPOs on the Main Market (Premium and Standard listing segments), AIM and AQSE. We have also advised numerous clients on migrations from, or dual listings, on the Toronto Stock Exchange, the TSX Venture Exchange, the Canadian Securities Exchange and the Australian Securities Exchange.
Our Equity Capital Markets team has an established track record. We acted on the first AIM IPO 25 years ago, have acted on over 450 AIM deals, with total funds raised being over £7 billion, and currently act for over 86 Main Market and AIM listed companies. Since 2015, we have been involved in more Main Market IPOs than any other law firm.
We handle transactions on behalf of companies operating in over 60 jurisdictions, in addition to the UK, with particular experience in North and South America, Australia, South-East Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa, the Middle East and India.
Capital markets services
- Capital reconstructions
- Continuing obligations
- Corporate governance
- Dual listings (TSX / ASX)
- Due diligence
- Equity offerings
- Exchangeable or convertible bonds
- IPOs, secondaries, introductions, reverse takeovers
- Listed bonds
- Listed investment funds
- Pre-IPO structuring & fundraising
- Regulatory advice including MAR
- Shareholder activism
We were thrilled to have Gowling WLG by our side on this deal. The team's M&A and capital markets experience is extremely valuable to us.Frank Sagnier, CEO of Codemasters Group
Advising on its redomicile from Canada to the UK, by way of plan of arrangement and its US$65 million placing, to fully fund its Mexican lithium project and its £282 million takeover by Ganfeng Lithium.
Revolution Bars Group
Advising on its transfer from the Main Market to AIM and associated £15 million equity fundraising, and advising on its further £21 million fundraising the following year.
Forward Partners Group
Advising the London-based venture capital group on its oversubscribed fundraise and admission to AIM.
Advising the video games maker on its £280 million AIM IPO and the review of the licences in and out of rights for its portfolio of motor racing games.
Advising the Nomad and broker to MJ Hudson Group on its placing, raising £29.5 million and admission to trading on AIM.
Urban Logistics REIT
Advising on its admission to AIM and over £300 million worth of placings to date.
Awards and recognition
The legal directories consistently recognise us for our work in the market, with The Legal 500 ranking our team in Tier 1 for Listed Funds and Tier 2 for Equity Capital Markets: Small Mid-cap. Chambers UK also rank the team in Band 2 for Capital Markets: AIM and Investment Funds: Closed-ended Listed Funds. We were pleased to rank 1st, 2nd or 3rd for the AIM market in every quarter in the Advisers Ranking Guide 2021.
In a crowded marketplace, industry insight can be key to completing a deal. Our Annual Nomad Conference is recognised as the premier event for nominated advisers. We also produce an AIM Handbook each year, which is coveted by Nomads for companies considering a listing on AIM. Likewise, our strong presence in the investment funds sector means we can offer a comprehensive advisory service to clients, based on a deep knowledge of market norms and practice.
Contact our team
For further advice on how we can help you with your capital markets transactions, contact a member of our team today.