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Tom Nicholls

T: +44 20 7809 2555 M: +44 7843 517 965 Email Tom | Vcard Office: London

Tom Nicholls Partner

Contact details

Tom Nicholls

Tom Nicholls
Partner

T: +44 20 7809 2555 M: +44 7843 517 965 Email Tom | Vcard Office: London

A corporate partner with a particular expertise in equity capital markets and M&A, Tom has acted on over 50 IPOs on the London Stock Exchange. He is well known in the mid-cap sector where clients value his in-depth knowledge of the London market and highly commercial and pragmatic approach. He is ranked as a leading individual for flotations by The Legal 500 UK.
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Tom’s practice includes advising on IPOs and secondary issues (Main Market and AIM) both in London and internationally, public company takeovers, investment funds, domestic and cross border private M&A and advising quoted companies on their obligations to the UK Listing Authority and the London Stock Exchange. Tom acts both for listed issuers as well as for investment banks and financial advisers in their capacity as sponsors, nomads and brokers.

Reflecting the varied constituents of the London markets, Tom has advised clients across a number of sectors but has a particular focus on both the technology and natural resources (oil and gas, mining and minerals and energy) sectors.

With regards to M&A, Tom regularly advises on acquisitions and disposals involving both private and listed companies. Tom also advises clients on general company law issues including corporate governance for public and private companies as well as private fundraisings, joint ventures, investment agreements and a range of commercial contracts.

Tom is consultant editor of "A Practitioner's Guide to the AIM Rules" published by Sweet & Maxwell and is ranked as a key individual for Capital Markets (mid-cap) by both The Legal 500 and Chambers UK directories.

"has an excellent knowledge of AIM and the IPO process and is extremely responsive"
Chambers UK 2016

  • Equity capital markets
  • Public and private M&A

IPOs

Tom has been involved with over 50 IPO's including those for Hotel Chocolat, Shield Therapeutics, Directa Plus, easyHotel, Kalibrate Technologies, Rex Bionics, Ibex Global Solutions, The People's Operator, KSK Power Ventur, Patagonia Gold, Indus Gas, iEnergizer, Hardy Oil & Gas, Zenergy Power, Block Shield, Hummingbird Resources, Madagascar Oil, Ruffer Investment Company, Landore Resources and Clipper Windpower.

Secondary issues

Tom regularly advises on secondary fundraises including placings, subscriptions, open offers, rights issues, cash box placings and vendor placings.

Market moves, redomiciliations and delistings

Hornby plc - move from Main Market to AIM and simultaneous placing.

Cape plc - redomiciliation, scheme of arrangement and move from AIM to Main Market.

KSK Power - ​move from AIM to standard listing.

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Tom regularly advises on acquisitions and disposals involving both private and listed companies.

Public M&A

Acted for The Parkmead Group Plc on its recommended takeovers for Deo Petroleum and Lochard Energy.

Acted for Westhouse Securities in connection with the £55 million recommended takeover of ACM Shipping Group by Braemar Shipping Services.

Acted for Brancote Holdings Plc on its US$368 million recommended takeover by Meridian Gold Inc.

Advised Patagonia Gold on City Code whitewash and related fundraising.

Advised Premier Asset Management Plc on its £44 million MBO.

Advised on numerous reverse takeovers for AIM listed clients including Aurum Mining, Feedback Plc, Cambrian Oil & Gas and Zenergy Power Plc.

Private M&A

Advised Feedback plc on acquisitions of Cambridge Computed Images Ltd and TexRAD Ltd.

Advised Hardy Oil & Gas on divestment of Nigerian assets.

Advised Georgia LLC on the acquisition of GPM Georgia BV and associated mining assets.

Advised Cape plc on its acquisition of York Linings Limited.

Acted for African Mining and Exploration on acquisition of Caracal Gold Mali SARL and related gold exploration licences.

More: Public and private M&A

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  • Oil and gas
  • Mining and minerals
  • Energy and natural resources

Advised Nomad in connection with AIM IPO of Directa Plus plc, a graphene technology company which is one of the largest producers and suppliers of graphene based products.

Advised in connection with AIM IPO of Kalibrate Technologies Plc, a provider of proprietary software-based products and services to the global petroleum retail industry.

Advised Nomad in connection with acquisition and readmission to AIM of Rex Bionics, pioneer of the REX Robot technology that enhances the mobility of wheel-chair users and on its subsequent secondary placing.

Advised in connection with reverse takeover and readmission to AIM of Synety Limited, a leading cloud-based software and communications business.

Advised Nomad in connection with AIM IPO of The People's Operator, a cause-based commercial mobile virtual network operator.

Advised Nomad and joint brokers in connection with AIM IPO of BPO company, Ibex Global Solutions.

Advised Nomad in connection with AIM IPO of Indian BPO company, iEnergizer.

Advised Nomad in connection with AIM IPO of TMT Investments Plc.

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Tom has a particular sector focus on the energy and natural resources sector (oil and gas, mining and minerals and energy) advising companies on equity capital fundraisings, acquisitions and disposals of assets and associated contractual matters and acts for a mixture of exploration, production and service companies in the sector.

Oil and gas

Advised in relation to IPOs of Hardy Oil & Gas, Indus Gas, Great Eastern Energy, Burren Energy, Cambrian Oil & Gas, Madagascar Oil and Xcite Energy.

Acted for The Parkmead Group Plc on its recommended takeovers for Deo Petroleum and Lochard Energy and subsequent placing.

Advised on reverse takeover of Zhibek Resources, disposal by Hardy Oil & Gas of its Nigerian assets and disposal by Rosehill Energy of its assets in Uzbekistan.

More: Oil and gas

Tom has a particular sector focus on the energy and natural resources sector (oil and gas, mining and minerals and energy) advising companies on equity capital fundraisings, acquisitions and disposals of assets and associated contractual matters and acts for a mixture of exploration, production and service companies in the sector.

Mining and minerals

Advised in relation to IPOs of Patagonia Gold, Landore Resources, Aurum Mining, Zibao Metals, Van Dieman Mines and Hummingbird Resources.

Acted for Brancote Holdings Plc on its US$368 million recommended takeover by Meridian Gold Inc.

Acted for African Mining and Exploration on acquisition of Caracal Gold Mali and related gold exploration licences.

Advised Patagonia Gold on acquisitions of mining assets in Argentina and associated royalty exchange, secondary fundraisings and City Code whitewash.

Advised Georgia LLC on the acquisition of GPM Georgia BV and associated mining assets.

Advised on reverse takeovers of Andash Mining and Pan African Resources.

More: Mining and minerals

Tom has a particular sector focus on the energy and natural resources sector (oil and gas, mining and minerals and energy) advising companies on equity capital fundraisings, acquisitions and disposals of assets and associated contractual matters and acts for a mixture of exploration, production and service companies in the sector.

Energy

Advised Indian power project company, KSK Power Ventur, on its US$260 million AIM IPO and its subsequent move to become first company to obtain a standard listing on the Main Market as well as various further equity fundraisings.

Advised in relation to IPOs of Clipper Windpower and Zenergy Power.

Advised Nomad in connection with Andes Energia Plc's reverse takeover of Argentinean electricity, oil and hydro assets and associated fundraising and readmission to AIM and subsequent secondary fundraisings.

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