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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 […]


Shareholder activism

Paul Airley |

Shareholder activism levels are currently subdued as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. However, shareholder activism will inevitably regain its recent upward trajectory as investors seek to influence the direction of a company’s COVID-adapted business or take advantage of opportunities arising in the new trading environment. Activists may feel able to target a fundamentally strong […]


Fladgate advises Cassidy Gold Corp on the sale of the Kouroussa Gold Project

Paul Airley, David Baverstock |

Fladgate advised Cassidy Gold Corporation on its sale of the Kouroussa Gold Project to Hummingbird Resources plc. The project, located in Guinea, is a near term development asset in the Siguiri Basin, which has a high grade mineral resource of 1.18 million ounces of gold at >3gt. The Kouroussa Gold Project was sold for an […]


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 […]


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 […]


COVID-19: Temporary measures for AIM companies and Nominated Advisers

Paul Airley, Orit Rioumine Gold |

On 20 March 2020, the London Stock Exchange (LSE) published an Inside AIM newsletter setting out temporary measures that would be implemented by the AIM Regulation team to support AIM companies and nominated advisers in addressing the challenges arising from the COVID-19 pandemic. Until further notice, AIM Regulation will be applying discretion to the application […]


Maximising the chances of a successful fundraising during the Coronavirus crisis

Nigel Gordon, Paul Airley |

On 8 April 2020 the FCA announced a series of measures aimed at assisting companies to raise new share capital in response to the coronavirus crisis while retaining an appropriate degree of investor protection.  Many quoted companies will be seeking to raise finance for their business during the coronavirus crisis and so will be considering […]


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 […]


Fladgate advises Caspian Sunrise plc on the purchase of specialist drilling vessel in Kazakhstan

Paul Airley, David Baverstock |

Fladgate has advised oil and gas exploration and production company Caspian Sunrise plc (LON:CASP) on the acquisition of the “Caspian Explorer” for a total consideration of US$25 million payable in shares. The “Caspian Explorer” is a vessel capable of drilling exploration wells in the extremely shallow waters of the Caspian Sea. Caspian Sunrise has focused […]


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, Jeremy Whiteson, Mythily Katsaris, Ian Brent, Alex Taylor, Jamie Hamilton, Adrian Mawlabaux, Grant Gordon, David Robinson, Ashleigh Brinklow, David Baverstock, Diana Mennie, Anthony Shatz, Eleanor Green, Sam Tye |

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, Jeremy Whiteson, Mythily Katsaris, Ian Brent, Alex Taylor, Jamie Hamilton, Adrian Mawlabaux, Grant Gordon, David Robinson, Ashleigh Brinklow, David Baverstock, Diana Mennie, Anthony Shatz, Eleanor Green, Sam Tye |

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 […]