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Equity Capital Markets

Defining global capital markets transactions

Issuers, major shareholders and underwriters of capital markets transactions benefit from lawyers who understand the global markets, shape regulation and advise on the most complex and innovative deals.

On high-profile and cross-border initial public offerings and listings we provide our clients with multijurisdictional advice and proven technical expertise to ensure compliance with evolving regulatory practices. We are at the forefront of regulation and practice and in constant dialogue with regulatory bodies. From this perspective, we form opinions and advise on the impact of evolving law, regulation and practice on transactions, current and prospective.

We work with issuers, shareholders and underwriters, including all of the major market intermediaries, on the full range of equity and equity-linked transactions across global jurisdictions. These include complex and innovative offerings of securities, initial public offerings and secondary fundraisings and many of them form part of broader and sophisticated refinancings, acquisition financings and restructurings.

Recent Experience


on its IPO and £340m admission to the High Growth Segment, and subsequent step-up to the premium segment, of the London Stock Exchange (advising the banks)


on its DKR 36.9bn (£4.4bn) standby underwritten rights issue to fund the £7.2 billion break up bid for RSA plc 

New Energy One Acquisition Corporation (NEOA)

backed by LiveStream and Italian-listed energy company Eni, on its £175 million SPAC listing on the London Stock Exchange


On it's £1.2 billion rights issue

Peterhills Partners

acting for the banks on its $5 billion FTSE 250 IPO


Advising India’s pioneering digital transformation company, Happiest Minds Technologies Limited, on its significantly oversubscribed IPO India’s Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) and National Stock Exchange (NSE).

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Insights and updates

In Equity Capital Markets
27th May 2022
The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has published a discussion paper ( DP22/2 ) in which...
11th March 2022
The Treasury has published a response on the UK Prospectus Review, setting out its policy...
17th December 2021
The Treasury has published a summary of responses to its consultation on a proposed new...


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