Insights: Thought Leadership - April 2020

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Winds of change? Onshore renewables and Contracts for Difference

Sam Tye |

In March 2020 the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) proposed in its consultation paper relating to the Contracts for Difference (CfD) Allocation Round 4 that onshore wind and solar would be permitted to participate in the CfD Allocation Round 4. This marks a change in recent UK Government policy. Onshore wind and […]

Shareholder protections and fundraising – pragmatism in a time of uncertainty?

Paul Airley, David Lee |

Shareholders, particularly institutional shareholders and the voting advisory services that support them, have traditionally taken a strict approach to the grant of share authorities and disapplication of pre-emption rights by public companies. This has developed widely accepted levels of both share authority and disapplication of pre-emption rights, which institutional shareholders will accept and vote in […]

The Future Fund: what to look out for

Jamie Hamilton |

Overview The UK Government has announced plans for a new “Future Fund” designed to top up funding raised by early stage UK companies during the Covid-19 crisis by providing unsecured convertible loans subject to matched funding from private investors. The Future Fund is part of a total of up to £1.25bn in new funding for […]

Key developments for listed companies in financial and other reporting under Covid-19

Neil Vickers |

Regulators have been prompt in responding to the Covid-19 crisis, with the FCA, FRC, LSE, Companies House and others having published advice and guidelines on a range of issues. This note outlines the guidance for listed companies regarding their reporting and disclosure obligations. To see more click here      

Fladgate advises Angus Energy plc on £1.4m convertible loan note issue

Paul Airley, David Baverstock |

Fladgate LLP has advised Angus Energy plc (LON:ANGS), the AIM listed independent onshore oil and gas development company, on the issue of a £1.4 million convertible loan note to significant shareholder Knowe Properties Limited. The unsecured note bears interest at the rate of 4% per annum, and is convertible at maturity after two years if not […]

Fladgate advises Hertsford Capital plc on takeover and Main Market listing

David Robinson, Mary Liu |

Fladgate LLP has advised Hertsford Capital plc  on its takeover of aquaculture products developer OTAQ Group Limited and its re-admission to and trading on the London Stock Exchange’s Main Market. Operating in strong growth market, OTAQ Group has developed products for aquaculture, offshore energy, renewable and oceanographic research, and intends to expand its product range […]

Financial Settlements in Divorce are not immune to the Covid-19 pandemic

Hannah Weller, Teresa Cullen, Ronnie Mortimer |

It is without doubt that these are “unprecedented times” – a phrase that we are most likely to have heard over the last few weeks and will continue to hear amid the Covid-19 pandemic. The pandemic has had a direct impact on everyone’s lives. It is particularly being felt in the legal system where law […]

COVID-19 - Construction Site Closure/Works Suspension – Checklist

Elliot Lewis |

A checklist of some of the issues to consider The Covid-19 pandemic and current government restrictions and guidelines have thrown up a range of issues for everyone involved with construction projects, so below is a list of issues that we have been advising on, together with some thoughts as to points that may be relevant […]

Aviation Update: Business Continuity in Challenging Times

Alexander Sandwell |

With commercial air traffic at a historic low, airlines are as keen as ever to conserve cash to last out the crisis. Aircraft owners/lessors in heavy negotiations with distressed airlines/lessees are weighing competing factors: [Click here for more]    

How to avoid directors’ liability

Jeremy Whiteson |

Many businesses will be under enormous strain over coming months. In the article below, Jeremy Whiteson discusses what legal tools are available to help keep the business afloat and avoid directors’ liability Look honestly and realistically at the financial position of the company. In particular, are you able to meet immediate liabilities and, looking forward, […]