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Fladgate advises David Beckham backed Guild Esports on admission to London Stock Exchange’s Main Market

David Robinson, Alan Wetterhahn, David Baverstock, Thomas Edwards, Michelle Waknine, Joshua Bennett |

Fladgate acted for Guild Esports PLC (Company) on its admission to the Official List (by way of a Standard Listing) and to trading on the London Stock Exchange’s Main Market for listed securities, contemporaneously with a £20m equity placing. Guild Esports had a market capitalisation of approximately £41m on admission. The Company is the first […]


FCA publishes welcome guidance on UK cannabis listings – but further clarity is required

Paul Airley, Nigel Gordon, David Robinson, Neil Vickers, David Lee |

On 18 September 2020 the UK Financial Conduct Authority published guidance on the listing of cannabis-based businesses on UK stock exchanges after a lengthy internal review. This move will be welcomed as indicating that the London capital markets are “open for business”, particularly for companies operating in the medical cannabis space. In this article we […]


Fladgate advises Guild Esports plc on investment agreement with David Beckham

David Robinson, Alan Wetterhahn, David Baverstock, Joshua Bennett |

Fladgate was delighted to advise Guild Esports plc on an investment agreement with David Beckham. The Sports Business Group at Fladgate also drafted and negotiated a partnership agreement which makes David Beckham the face of the team. Guild, a new global esports business, is launching a player academy and developing an ambitious talent pipeline in […]


Fladgate advises Hertsford Capital plc on takeover and Main Market listing

Alex Taylor, Mary Liu, David Robinson |

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 […]


Fladgate advises Gfinity plc on its oversubscribed placing

Orit Rioumine Gold, Mary Liu, David Robinson |

Fladgate LLP has advised Gfinity plc (AIM: GFIN), a leading international esports solution provider, on its latest placing and subscription to raise £2.25 million. The funds raised will support the company’s further growth as it sharpens its strategic focus on Motorsports, Own Community franchise and building community for others, the three core areas of its […]


Fladgate advises Dev Clever plc on its first strategic acquisition

Orit Rioumine Gold, David Robinson |

Fladgate LLP has advised Dev Clever Holdings plc (LON: DEV), a leading developer of consumer engagement solutions and career development platforms, on the acquisition of Phenix Digital Limited, a multi-service digital agency in the education sector, for a mixture of cash and shares. Phenix Digital has achieved significant success in the education sector since it […]


Fladgate sponsors the 1st Turkish British Chamber of Commerce and Industry London UK-Turkey Business Forum

Ravi Goonesena, Charles Proctor, David Robinson |

Fladgate is delighted to sponsor the 1st Turkish British Chamber of Commerce and Industry (TBCCI) London UK-Turkey Business Forum, after joining TBCCI in January to expand the reach of its international desk to this significant emerging market economy and G20 member. To be held on 30 April 2020, the TBCCI Forum provides a networking and […]


English High Court recognises Bitcoin as property

Paul Airley, David Lee, Charles Proctor, David Robinson |

In our article of December 2019 we reviewed the UK Jurisdictional Task Force’s Legal Statement on the Status of Cryptoassets and Smart Contracts, which considered key legal questions about cryptoassets and smart contracts. Whilst traditional legal analysis suggests that cryptoassets would not be recognised as “property”, the Legal Statement sets out compelling reasoning to conclude that cryptoassets could in fact […]


Finally, certainty on cryptoassets and smart contracts under English law?

Paul Airley, David Lee, David Robinson |

The LawTech Delivery Panel’s UK Jurisdiction Task Force’s Legal Statement, released on 18 November 2019, represents the first analysis in a leading commercial jurisdiction of the legal principles underlying cryptoassets and smart contracts, with the intention of providing much-needed confidence, legal certainty and predictability to market participants within the global financial services industry. The Statement […]


Fladgate ranked Band 1 in Chambers UK guide for Corporate M&A: Lower Mid-Market

Julian Lewis, Alex Kaufmann, Graham Spitz, Yulia Leyko, Sunil Sheth, Avram Kelman, Paul Airley, Nigel Gordon, Eugene Matveichuk, Andrew Bessemer Clark, Amy Collins, Jan Hoppe, Marc Sosnow, Charles Wander, Neil Vickers, Sophie Burke, Orit Rioumine Gold, David Lee, Priyadevi Vadgama, Mythily Katsaris, Alex Taylor, Jamie Hamilton, Adrian Mawlabaux, Grant Gordon, David Robinson, Ashleigh Brinklow, David Baverstock, Diana Mennie, Anthony Shatz, Sam Tye, Ian Brent, Eleanor Green, Jeremy Whiteson |

Fladgate is delighted to maintain a Band 1 ranking in the 2020 Chambers UK guide for the Corporate M&A: Lower Mid-Market category. Grant Gordon, Head of Corporate, said: “The team is delighted once again to receive this recognition by Chambers, which is a significant endorsement of our approach, our professionalism and the strong relationship we […]


Fladgate ranks Tier 1 in Legal 500’s M&A: Deals up to £50m

Paul Airley, Andrew Bessemer Clark, Amy Collins, Nigel Gordon, Jan Hoppe, Alex Kaufmann, Avram Kelman, Julian Lewis, Sunil Sheth, Marc Sosnow, Graham Spitz, Charles Wander, Neil Vickers, Sophie Burke, Yulia Leyko, Orit Rioumine Gold, David Lee, Priyadevi Vadgama, Mythily Katsaris, Alex Taylor, Jamie Hamilton, Adrian Mawlabaux, Grant Gordon, David Robinson, Ashleigh Brinklow, David Baverstock, Diana Mennie, Anthony Shatz, Sam Tye, Ian Brent, Eleanor Green, Jeremy Whiteson |

Fladgate is delighted to be ranked Tier 1 in the 2019 edition of Legal 500 in the M&A: Deals Up To £50m. Grant Gordon, Head of Corporate, said: “we are very pleased once again to receive this recognition by Legal 500, which is a significant endorsement of our work, our professionalism and the strong relationship […]


Fladgate advises Blockchain Worldwide Plc

Ben Milloy, David Lee, David Robinson |

Fladgate is acting for Blockchain Worldwide Plc (Bloc) on an acquisition by reverse takeover, Rule 9 waiver, £8.6m placing and subscription and admission to trading of the enlarged group (to be renamed Entertainment AI PLC) on the AIM Market (all conditional upon shareholder approval). Bloc, a company admitted to trading on the Main Market of […]