Fieldfisher has cemented its reputation as a leading legal adviser to UK-listed growth companies for another year, retaining its Band 1 ranking in the Capital Markets: AIM category of the Chambers UK 2021 Guide for the 11th consecutive year.
The firm is recognised as a leader the small-to-mid cap equity capital markets thanks to our strong sector expertise, depth and breadth of experience and our commitment to client service.
Fieldfisher has the second-largest number of AIM-listed clients of any UK law firm, according to the latest AIM Advisers Rankings Guide and maintains a Tier 2 ranking for Equity Capital Markets – Low-Mid Cap in the Legal 500 guide.
Chambers describes the Fieldfisher ECM team as:
"[A] well-regarded department offering valued advice across numerous sectors, for a client base composed of NOMADs, major corporations and brokers. Regularly instructed to act on sophisticated AIM IPOs, secondary offerings, takeovers and restructurings. Particularly strong in the energy and natural resources sector, with other notable expertise in the healthcare and tech industries. Advises groups based in the UK and elsewhere, with notable recent work advising clients from the CIS region."
Legal 500 notes that:
"Fieldfisher acts for a high number of AIM-listed companies and it also generates a strong flow of work from nominated advisers and brokers (…) the group handled some of the largest fundraisings seen in the oil and gas sector, and was notably active in work involving the life sciences and energy and natural resources industries."
Our lawyers are also noted individually for their capital markets experience. The team has the most ranked individuals in Chambers of any firm (five) and have two of the four individuals ranked in Band 1 (Anthony Brockbank and Dominic Gurney-Champion).
Anthony Brockbank is recognised as a "formidable lawyer" and notable practitioner (Chambers), and a leading individual (Legal 500), while practice head Neil Matthews is credited for his 20+ years of equity capital markets experience, advising on UK and European transactions (Legal 500).
Brad Isaac is described as a "respected capital markets lawyer" (Chambers) and is noted for being "very approachable, knowledgeable and commercial" (Legal 500).
Dominic Gurney-Champion is credited as one of the team's "key lawyers" (Legal 500), thanks to his wide-ranging corporate practice and is described by clients as "one of the best lawyers in his field" (Chambers), while George Cotter is commended for being "routinely called upon to represent clients in a wide range of AIM matters" (Chambers).
Other key lawyers – Manchester partner David Bowcock, who is regarded as a leading capital markets lawyer in the North West, and new London partner Ed Westhead – are both credited for their integral roles advising on AIM market transactions, including IPOs and fundraisings.
Fieldfisher currently has 42 AIM-listed clients, the second highest of any UK law firm and is a top-three legal adviser to clients in the energy and basic materials sectors, according to the Q4 2020 AIM Advisers Rankings Guide.
Commenting on another excellent year of recognition for Fieldfisher, Neil Matthews, Head of Corporate at Fieldfisher, said:
"We are proud and delighted with these rankings, which testify to the skill and dedication of the ECM team.
"These rankings reflect a year untouched by Covid-19, however our strong reputation has helped carry us through a more challenging period in 2020 during which we have maintained the level of client service that continues to earn us top marks for our ECM practice.
"Thank you to all our clients for their continued support and for their kind words this year, and congratulations to all my colleagues on this excellent achievement."
Fieldfisher has 20+ years of advising clients on ECM matters - see a timeline of our experience here.
Fieldfisher is an enterprising European law firm built around people. We have market-leading practices in our four key sectors of energy and natural resources, technology, financial services and life sciences.
Our equity capital markets team had another successful year in 2019, advising 40 AIM-quoted companies and working extensively with NOMADs and brokers on a large number of transactions.
Perfect Information's ECMi Report for 2019 ranked us as the number one AIM legal adviser by volume of deals as well as fourth by value of transactions.
Our network spans over 1500 people across 25 international offices, all of which offer clients highly commercial, pragmatic advice.
We are based in Belgium, China, France, Germany, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Ireland, Spain, the UK and the US.
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