Our capital markets lawyers have experience of advising clients on all forms of capital markets transactions as well as in relation to those issues that publicly listed companies and companies seeking to go public are regularly faced with.

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Our expertise in equity capital markets

In the UK, our primary focus is on the London markets, namely the London Stock Exchange’s Main and AIM markets as well as the Acquis markets. We also work closely with our US Public Company Advisors Team where our clients are considering a listing on NASDAQ or the New York Stock Exchange as well as or as an alternative to London.

We also collaborate closely with our colleagues from other practice areas and those with sector expertise that match those of our clients. Our specific sector focus means we understand our clients’ businesses and the spheres in which they operate.

We are well networked amongst the UK's corporate finance community to assist our clients in raising capital.

We have a pragmatic partner-led approach, and we always endeavour to:

  • maintain a high-quality service offering
  • pro-actively connect our clients to other market participants and advisers
  • drive through the transaction by doing whatever we can to get the deal done.

What we do

  • Corporate governance, all aspects of ESG and in particular current best-practice governance standards, tailored to meet our client's circumstances whether that be as a company already admitted to the main Market of the London Stock Exchange, to the AIM market, a company with aspirations to go public or a company that wishes to stay private but implement a good corporate governance regime which is tailored specifically to their business and operational requirements 
  • Pre-IPO finance and structuring, including pre-IPO finance, readiness for going public, shareholder communications and group restructurings
  • IPO/RTO, including advice on strategy, preparing heads of agreements, non-disclosure and exclusivity agreements, advisers terms and conditions as well as acting for issuers and/or advisers on the various stages of implementing an application for admission to a public market by way of an initial public offering (IPO), reverse takeover (RTO) or simple application for admission (Introduction)
  • Raising finance on-market, including by way of placings and other secondary issues, share subscriptions and offers for sale
  • Market communication and reporting, regulatory compliance and general advisory, including advice in relation to ongoing regulatory compliance, shareholder disputes and activism and takeover threats
  • Executive compensation schemes, such as designing and administering equity-based compensation plans, director compensation schemes and other compensation arrangements for executives and officers
  • Strategic transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, tender offers, technology transfers, spin offs, divestitures, strategic partnerships, going private, and other business combinations or transactions
  • Tax strategies, including domestic and international strategies for securities offerings and strategic transactions and advice in relation to EIS and VCT reliefs.
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At Womble Bond Dickinson we have an exceptional team of talented lawyers and business professionals who can offer guidance and find the solutions right for your business. We have both broad and niche expertise across all our UK and US offices
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“We have been delighted by the responsive and pro-active approach Womble Bond Dickinson have taken throughout these latest exciting developments for Atom.”

Mark Mullen, CEO at Atom Bank

“Formidable corporate practice with an impressive portfolio of local, national and international clients.”

Chambers and Partners, 2018

“They're excellent – they are always commercial and pragmatic in the solutions they offer.  They are professional and work hard to assist clients in achieving their outcomes.”

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