Public company advice

Our public company team provide expert, insightful advice to UK and international clients on a full range of transactions involving public companies

These include equity capital markets transactions, such as initial public offerings and secondary fundraisings, as well as public takeovers and supporting public companies looking to keep up to date with the rules and regulations applicable when running a listed company.

Led by partners Nick McCarthy and Oliver Pilkington, the team have extensive experience of advising both corporates and financial institutions on a wide variety of public company transactions, with an exceptional track record of guiding clients through the entire process - from planning to completion. From niche listings to global equity offerings for large multi-nationals, we work across key industry sectors including the energy and infrastructure, technology, life science and mobility markets.

Whether supporting premium listed giants or AIM-listed innovators, our expertise shines through, proving that Shoosmiths is a trusted partner for strategic and high-value fundraisings and public M&A transactions.

The team’s recent experience includes advising:

  • Hipgnosis, music IP investment and song management company, on its $1.7bn takeover bid from US private equity fund Blackstone
  • Main Market listed Ten Entertainment Group plc, one of the UK’s largest ten-pin bowling operators, on its £287 million takeover by US private equity firm Trive Capital
  • AIM-listed Smoove plc, a mortgage software provider, on its takeover by Digcom UK Holdings, an indirect subsidiary of Australian property platform PEXA Group, in a deal worth £30.8m, by way of a scheme of arrangement
  • Supporting the directors of Rotala Group Ltd, a privately owned investment vehicle formed specifically for the purpose of acquiring West Midlands-based bus operator Rotala PLC
  • On the initial public offering (IPO) of Tan Delta Systems plc whose shares were admitted to trading on AIM in August 2023 with a market capitalisation of £19 million
  • Cenkos Securities and Dowgate Capital on the IPO of Onward Opportunities Limited, a Guernsey collective investment scheme.

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