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Fladgate advises Hardwicke Chambers on the letting of their new office at One Gray’s Inn

Richard Reuben, Fiona Smith, Ian Smith, John Forde, Neal Todd, Avram Kelman, Mary Liu |

Fladgate has advised Hardwicke Chambers on the letting of the newly redeveloped One Gray’s Inn, WC1.  The deal involved the letting of the entire 21,000sq ft office element by The Honourable Society of Gray’s Inn to Hardwicke Chambers. The newly redeveloped Grade A office space which reached practical completion in June 2020 comprised new façades […]

Fladgate advises Patron Capital on the £129m sale of Arlington Business Park to CapitaLand

Gideon Dabby-Joory, Jamie Hamilton, Mark Harnett, Eddie Powell, Mike Tremeer, Elliot Lewis, Hamilton Forrest, John Forde, Miles Crawford, Roland Brandman, Charles Proctor |

Fladgate has advised Patron Capital, the pan-European institutional investor focused on real-estate backed investments and their JV partner APAM, on the sale of Arlington Business Park (ABP) to Singapore’s CapitaLand for a total consideration of £129.25 million. Patron Capital and APAM acquired the business park in 2015, and Fladgate advised the joint venture on this […]

Fladgate advises on the sale of Conversio to Campaign Monitor

John Forde, Hamilton Forrest, Michael McCartney, Ashleigh Brinklow, Anthony Shatz |

Fladgate acted for the majority shareholder of Conversio, a popular ecommerce platform, on its sale to CM Group, a global technology company and the owner of Campaign Monitor. With the transaction completed, Conversio’s technology is now being used to launch CM Commerce, a new email marketing solution tailored for retailers looking to accelerate their growth. […]

Fladgate acts on the sale of specialist legal indemnity insurance broker Title & Covenant Brokers to Stackhouse Poland

John Forde, Ian Brent |

Leading UK law firm Fladgate has advised the shareholders of legal indemnity insurance specialist Title & Covenant Brokers on its sale to Stackhouse Poland. The acquisition will further strengthen Stackhouse Poland’s position in the real estate sector, adding a new dimension to Stackhouse Poland’s existing proposition for real estate clients. David Turschwell, Managing Director and […]

Event: Employee share incentives in private companies

Hamilton Forrest, John Forde |

Share incentives can offer a cost and tax efficient way to motivate and reward employees. However they are often overlooked by private companies who assume that establishing a share plan would be […]

Fladgate advises Sirius Petroleum plc on readmission to AIM and fundraising

John Forde, David Lee, Orit Rioumine Gold, David Robinson, Caroline Philipps |

Fladgate LLP has advised AIM listed Sirius Petroleum plc on its proposed readmission to trading on AIM as an operating company, contemporaneous with a US$9.5m equity placing and entry into a convertible loan facility of US$12m with London Oil & Gas Limited. The combined proceeds of the placing and the convertible loan facility will allow the Company […]

Fladgate celebrates a bumper run closing five AIM deals for clients in the energy and resources sector

John Forde, Nigel Gordon, David Lee, Paul Airley, Orit Rioumine Gold, Grant Gordon, David Robinson, Caroline Philipps |

Fladgate’s capital markets team has had an impressive run to the end of 2017 after successfully closing its fifth AIM listed transaction last week. Sirius Petroleum’s proposed re-admission to AIM and US$21.5m fundraising follows deals for Angus Energy, Papua Mining, Tri-Star Resources and Tiger Resource Finance. More details below: Sirius Petroleum plc: readmission to AIM as […]

Motivating and rewarding key employees through share-based incentives

John Forde |

There are various ways to motivate and reward key employees through share-based incentives. The optimum structure for any given company will depend on its specific circumstances and commercial objectives. Enterprise Management Incentive (EMI) option plans are widely recognised as an attractive and very tax efficient structure and are therefore the first port of call for […]

Growth shares

John Forde |

What is the purpose of growth shares? Growth shares are used in employee incentive planning. They are often considered when an employer does not qualify for one of the tax advantaged share option structures (e.g. EMI or CSOP; see our separate briefing notes for more detail on these topics). Growth shares offer an alternative means […]

Nil paid shares

John Forde |

What is a nil paid share? Nil paid shares are used in employee incentive planning. They are often considered when an employer does not qualify for one of the tax advantaged share option structures (e.g. EMI or CSOP, see our separate briefing notes for more detail on these topics). They offer an alternative means to […]

Joint Share Ownership Plan

John Forde |

What is a Joint Share Ownership Plan? A Joint Share Ownership Plan (JSOP) is an incentive structure designed to provide equity to senior employees without a significant Income Tax charge and enable them to participate in any future growth in value of the company. Future growth in value of the shares should be subject to […]

EMI share option plan

John Forde |

What is an EMI share option plan? EMI stands for “Enterprise Management Incentive”. Like any share option plan, an EMI plan involves giving an employee a contractual right (an option) to acquire shares at some point in the future for a specified price. However EMI plans offer significant tax advantages to other forms of option […]