Our corporate team acts for publicly listed companies, in particular on the AIM market, and advises on the regulatory implications of all areas of corporate activity, including placings or other secondary issues, acquisitions or disposals, and share option schemes.

Our experts appreciate that the regulatory requirements involved in publicly traded transactions add to the other commercial and legal aspects already involved. Our clear and pragmatic approach will allow clients to concentrate on achieving their commercial objectives.

Publicly traded companies need to be aware of the consents and approvals that might be required for the various types of equity transactions they might carry out, as well as their obligations to comply with disclosure and transparency rules and the rules of the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000.

In conjunction with the regulatory side, we advise on the fiduciary and statutory duties of directors (whether executive or non-executive) that apply on the publication of documentation for rights issues, open offers, takeovers and other public company circulars.

We also advise on public company takeovers, including all aspects of the Takeover Code and its application to official listed, AIM listed and unlisted public companies. We have extensive experience of dealing with the Takeover Panel on the structuring of takeover offers.