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Corporate Finance

Corporate Finance

About

We act for public companies, with a focus on small and mid-size companies admitted or considering admission to the AIM market, the Official List (Premium and Standard segments) and the NEX Exchange Growth Market.

We know and work with a large number of financial advisers and brokers, and act for some of them.

Our corporate finance expertise includes:

  • admissions to the Official List, AIM and NEX
  • fundraisings and secondary issues
  • corporate reorganisations
  • court approved capital reductions and schemes of arrangement
  • major acquisitions (“reverse” takeovers) and re-admissions to trading
  • City Code whitewash approvals
  • corporate governance issues
  • statutory and market regulatory issues
Our team’s expertise goes back over 30 years and remains at the leading edge. We include a previous chairman of the legal expert group (and now a member of the corporate finance advisers expert group) of the Quoted Companies Alliance. The QCA champions the interests of (and lobbies on issues affecting) small and mid-size companies, and provides a sounding board on current issues across the full range of City advisers.

We understand the problems and concerns that arise when a company is coming to the capital markets. We appreciate that it is hard enough to raise funding in the City while continuing to manage the business. We can help by focusing clients onto the key points on the various documents involved, and we bring a straight-forward approach to negotiating transaction documents.

We scale our involvement to meet the requirements of each transaction. This may range from a verification exercise on an institutional presentation and negotiating a placing agreement for a small secondary fundraising, to providing a full legal documents kit and (quite frequently) project managing the preparation of circulars to shareholders for a capital reorganisation, fundraising and major acquisition.

We are agnostic as to markets and industry sector. Our transactions have involved Australian, Irish and other non-UK markets, and clients in a variety of sectors, including property, natural resources, residential housebuilding, office building contractors, biotech and technology investment.

Key Contacts

James Lawrence - Partner

James Lawrence

Partner

+44 (0)1223 532716

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Nicholas Narraway - Consultant

Nicholas Narraway

Consultant

+44 (0)20 7400 6582

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Meet the team

Latest testimonials

"He brings clarity to the situation, breaks it down and comes to a conclusion"
Client testimonial / Chambers & Partners

"Bill Thatcher. Gentle in nature but shrewd. He puts the client at ease and uses his excellent intellect and communication skills to identify the client’s needs and their exact legal solution. He also writes legal documents in clear, legal language which is easy to understand by the client and third parties. Bill is always on time and is appreciated for his professionalism and clear legal contracts. He also has a board expertise in the type of contracts needed for our sector (biotechnology/life sciences)."
Client testimonial / Legal 500

More than an accomplished legal adviser, Bill Thatcher is a resource for the development of our company’s business practices, a sounding board for our new ideas and, in many ways, a mentor to our in-house team. His responsiveness, sophistication, practicality and deft negotiation skills make Bill an invaluable part of our team."
Client Testimonial c/o Legal 500

Latest testimonials

"Hewitsons are small enough to give a very personal service but big enough to have all the experts available when you need them."
Client Testimonial c/o Legal 500

"We used the firm for the sale of our company and they were meticulous, ensuring our shareholders were protected to the full and aware of what the transaction meant to them personally. They were a great team to work with."
Client Testimonial c/o Legal 500


"The level of subject matter expertise, business sense, responsiveness, and cost-effectiveness is unmatched in my experience with law firms around the globe.”

Client Testimonial c/o Legal 500 

“Excellent all round abilities, with very solid associates and good access to partner expertise.”
Client Testimonial c/o Legal 500






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"A first class job - many thanks for guiding us through the maze of legal procedures. It was a tremendous effort on your part."
Mr Philip Kennedy - Managing Director
Eschmann Technologies Ltd

Latest testimonials

“Hewitsons is an impressive practice – client-focused, efficient and effective. The firm punches well above its weight.”
Client Testimonial c/o Legal 500

“Great communication, reasonable fees, good value for the money.”
Client Testimonial c/o Legal 500

“The firm provides excellent partner expertise at highly competitive rates.”
Client Testimonial c/o Legal 500

"They are an efficient, knowledgeable team, which is able to advise and carry out work on a variety of topics."
Client Testimonial c/o Legal 500

"Hewitsons provided us with timely legal support adhering to the scope of the service agreed."
Client Testimonial c/o Legal 500

Latest testimonials

“I particularly liked the approach of Hewitsons in that we worked with the same lawyer from initial discussions and quotation through to completion of the sale. This meant there was good continuity throughout the project.”
Client Testimonial c/o Legal 500

"In my experience Hewitsons is top of its class. It has experts in every field."
Client Testimonial c/o Legal 500

"Hewitsons is outstanding. It is professional, knowledgeable and efficient."
Client Testimonial c/o Legal 500

Latest testimonials

“We worked predominantly with Laurence Evans on the sale of our business. He understood the business, our objectives and helped to negotiate a successful outcome.”
Client Testimonial c/o Legal 500 

"I found Laurence Evans to be professional and very easy to work with. He was also very fast at turning around questions we raised and amendments to the contract.”
Client Testimonial c/o Legal 500

Latest testimonials

“James Lawrence has a first rate legal mind, and his advice is always succinct and completely on the point.”
Client Testimonial c/o Legal 500 

Latest testimonials

“The firm provides excellent partner expertise at highly competitive rates.”
Client Testimonial c/o Legal 500

"They are an efficient, knowledgeable team, which is able to advise and carry out work on a variety of topics."
Client Testimonial c/o Legal 500

"Hewitsons provided us with timely legal support adhering to the scope of the service agreed."
Client Testimonial c/o Legal 500

Latest testimonials

"Broad legal knowledge and experience makes them helpful and responsive on a range of subjects raised. Partner James Lawrence and senior solicitor Charlotte Bull have worked as an excellent team for us."
Client Testimonial c/o Legal 500