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Tony Edwards

T: +44 20 7809 2110 M: + 44 7917 658 751 Email Tony | Vcard Office: London

Tony Edwards Partner

Contact details

Tony Edwards

Tony Edwards
Partner

T: +44 20 7809 2110 M: + 44 7917 658 751 Email Tony | Vcard Office: London

A corporate finance expert handling a wide range of complex transactions, Tony provides commercial and solution-orientated advice. He covers a number of sectors including natural resources, transportation, financials and TMT not only domestically but also regularly in Africa, the Middle East and Asia.
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Tony advises on a wide range of complex corporate matters including joint ventures, M&A (private and public), venture capital and private equity, IPOs and other public company matters.

Energy, natural resources and transport expert Tony Edwards "impresses with his service . . . and innovative ideas".
The Legal 500 UK 2014

  • Equity capital markets
  • Public and private M&A
  • Private equity and venture capital
  • Joint ventures

AIM IPO of Eland Oil & Gas Plc

Advised Eland on its £118 million placing as part of its IPO, being the largest oil and gas AIM IPO in the previous 5 years. The proceeds were used to acquire a 45% interest in Nigerian OML 40 from Shell, Total and Eni.

AIM IPO of Galasys Holdings

Advised this Malaysian based ticketing software and hardware company on its AIM IPO.

Main Market IPO of Goldenport Holdings Inc

Advised on its £150m IPO on the main market together with subsequent Class One and Related Party transactions and Placing and Open Offer.

AFC strategic investment into AIM listed Ncondezi Energy

Advised Africa Finance Corporation on taking a strategic 23% stake in Mozambique coal-fired power station project company, Ncondezi Energy. This was AFC’s first investment into an AIM listed company.

Petrolatina Energy plc

Advised this AIM listed company on strategic investment of $25m into it by Tribe Capital Partners SA and loan facility with coupled warrants from Macquarie.

More: Equity capital markets

African Bank

Advised on the partial sell down by the largest shareholder of this bank of its position to a major European bank.

Citadel Capital acquisition of controlling stake in Rift Valley Railways

Advised Citadel (now Qalaa Holdings) on acquiring 51% stake through several transactions and subsequently buying out leading Kenyan PE investor, TransCentury.

Sale of Nigerian oil interests

Advised an independent oil and gas company on separate transactions to sell its interests in two different Nigerian assets to another independent oil and gas group for cash and paper.

Platts (UK) Ltd’s acquisition of Petromedia

Advised Platts (part of McGraw-Hill) on the acquisition of this specialist provider of data and intelligence in relation to marine fuels.

Avnet Technology Solutions

Advised Avnet on the acquisition of the assets of Mattelli Ltd, a specialist in IT estate management.

Sale of UK division of AIM Group Plc to Lloyds Development Capital

Advised on the sale of this specialist manufacturer of aircraft interiors to management, backed by LDC.

Sale of Charles Stanley Securities to Panmure Gordon

Advised Charles Stanley on the sale of its broking business to Panmure Gordon.

Balkan focused mining group

Advised a privately owned mining group on several acquisitions of lead and zinc mining interests in the region.

Ariel Systems

Advised the lead shareholders on the acquisition and sale ten years later to ETX Capital of this software solution provider to the financial and betting industries.

Recommended and hostile takeover bids

Advised on various recommended and hostile takeover bids.

More: Public and private M&A

Citadel Capital acquisition of controlling stake in Rift Valley Railways

Advised Citadel (now Qalaa Holdings) on acquiring 51% through several transactions and subsequently buying out leading Kenyan PE investor, TransCentury Holdings.

Helios Investment Partners

Advised Eland Oil & Gas on Helios’ subscription for c 29% of Eland’s share capital immediately ahead of AIM IPO.

Development capital investment into 2K Manufacturing

Advised European VC on investment into this company manufacturing clean-tech alternatives to plywood sheets from recycled plastic.

Dearman Engine

Advised this clean cold and power technology company on various rounds of funding.

East African logistics group

Advised on the buy-out of Africa specialist PE fund from this group.

Seera Investment Bank secondary buy-out of BWA Water Additives

Advised Seera on this buy-out which won the FT’s deal of the year award for what was the first sharia’ compliant secondary buy-out in the UK.

The Cloud Networks

Advised this Wi-Fi network provider on several rounds of venture capital fundraising.

Soma Oil & Gas investment by Winter Sky

Advised this oil and gas company on a significant investment into it by family office owned Winter Sky to fund a seismic data acquisition programme in offshore Somalia.

MBO of AIM Group Plc’s UK division

Advised the seller on the part cash, part paper MBO backed by LDC of this aircraft interiors manufacturer and on the secondary buy-out by Towerbrook which provided a final exit.

BIMBO of Smiths Flour Mills

Advised incoming management team and consortium of investors on the acquisition from Vision Capital.

More: Private equity and venture capital

Joint venture between Eland Oil & Gas Plc and Nigerian local partner

Advised Eland on the terms of its joint venture to bid for and acquire a 45% stake in Nigerian OML40 from Shell, Total and Eni for $154 million.

Joint venture between shipowners and private equity backers

Advised on a number of such arrangements including in relation to Maas Capital.

Various oil and gas joint operating agreements

Advised on a number of JOAs, particularly in sub-Saharan Africa.

Joint venture between The Mauritius Commercial Bank and Société Générale in Mozambique

Advised on joint venture between these institutions in relation to MCB Moçambique.

Synthetic shareholders' agreements

Advised on various synthetic arrangements to give investors indirect economic and voting rights, particularly in natural resources deals.

Bank of Scotland and Warner Estates

Advised Bank of Scotland and its principal equity vehicle, Uberior Investments on various real estate joint ventures with Warner Estates.

Joint venture between Accor Casinos and Luminar

Advised on the joint venture established between these groups to develop a chain of casinos in the UK.

Joint venture in relation to Rift Valley Railways

Advised Qalaa Holdings (formerly Citadel Capital) on terms of its joint venture with Transcentury in relation to RVR

More: Joint ventures
  • Oil and gas
  • Mining and minerals
  • Shipowners and operators
  • Technology

Tony regularly advises on a range of transactions in the upstream oil and gas sector including M&A, fundraisings (public and private), farm-ins and farm-outs, economic interest agreements, joint operating agreements, bidding agreements and joint ventures.

Representative examples of his work include:

AIM IPO of Eland Oil & Gas Plc

Advised Eland on its £118 million placing as part of its IPO, together with various prior private fundraisings, the related acquisition of a 45% interest in Nigerian OML 40 from Shell, Total and Eni through Eland's joint venture with its local partner Starcrest.

Sale of Nigerian oil interests

Advised an independent oil and gas company on separate transactions to sell its interests in two different Nigerian assets to another independent oil and gas group for cash and paper.

MENA economic interest agreement

Advised an investor on the conversion of its equity position into a synthetic equity position.

Ghanaian offshore support joint venture

Advised on joint venture between parties providing support vessels to offshore platforms in Ghana.

Soma Oil & Gas investment by Winter Sky

Advised this oil and gas company on a significant investment into it by family office owned Winter Sky to fund a seismic data acquisition programme in offshore Somalia.

Offtake financing

Advised a state oil company on refinancing by way of sale of its share of production from various PSCs.

More: Oil and gas

Tony regularly advises on a range of transactions in the mining and minerals space including M&A, fundraisings (public and private), joint ventures and offtake financing.

Representative examples of his work include:

AFC investment in Ncondezi Energy

Advised AFC on taking a 23% stake in this coal-fired power project company in Mozambique.

Investment by Bancroft into mining group

Advised company on the investment by Bancroft into European mining group.

Balkan focused mining group

Advised a privately owned mining group on several acquisitions of lead and zinc mining and smelter interests in the region.

West African Gold mining M&A

Advised on the sale of mining interests in Guinea and roll up into larger investment vehicle.

Offtake financing

Advised on various offtake agreements between mining companies and commodity houses.

Trans-shipment contract

Advised on contract for trans-shipment of iron ore from harbour to deep water in West Africa.

More: Mining and minerals

Tony has advised on a wide range of maritime corporate finance transactions ranging from joint ventures, private equity transactions, IPOs and other public fundraisings, M&A (public and private) and bond issues.

Representative examples of his work include:

Main Market IPO of Goldenport Holdings Inc

Advised on its £150 million IPO on the main market.

Placing and open offer by Goldenport Holdings Inc

Advised on placing and open offer to finance acquisitions of newbuild vessels through class one and related party transactions.

Various investments by Maas Capital

Advised on transactions such as joint ventures in the chemical, dry bulk and offshore sub-sectors.

Establishment of funds to invest in distressed shipping assets

Advised on a number of funds and other vehicles designed to target dry bulk and other asset classes.

Joint venture between Middle Eastern shipping groups

Advised on joint venture for 9 VLCCs.

Britannia Bulk high yield bond issue

Advised the issuer on English law aspects of its debut high yield bond issuance.

More: Shipowners and operators

Tony has advised on a wide range of transactions in the technology sector and wider TMT sectors ranging from venture capital and private equity transactions, M&A (private and public) and IPOs.

Representative examples of his work include:

Dearman Engine

Advised this clean cold and power technology company on various rounds of funding.

AIM IPO of Galasys Holdings

Advised this Malaysian based ticketing software and hardware company on its AIM IPO.

Ariel Systems

Advised the lead shareholders on the acquisition and sale ten years later to ETX Capital of this software solution provider to the financial and betting industries.

Platts (UK) Ltd’s acquisition of Petromedia

Advised Platts (part of McGraw-Hill) on the acquisition of this specialist provider of data and intelligence in relation to marine fuels.

Avnet Technology Solutions

Advised Avnet on the acquisition of the assets of Mattelli Ltd, a specialist in IT estate management.

The Cloud Networks

Advised this Wi-Fi network provider on several rounds of venture capital fundraising and acquisitions in the UK and Europe.

Essence Digital

Advised this leading digital agency on a wide range of matters including the acquisition of niche agency, Punktilio.

E-Leather

Advised a family office on investment into this company which developed a revolutionary process for creating leather on a roll from waste leather.

  • Africa
  • The Middle East
  • UK

Tony acts on a wide range of corporate matters across Africa including joint ventures, M&A (public and private), private equity and other private fundraisings, IPOs and secondary public equity fundraisings.

Representative examples of his work include:

AFC investment in Ncondezi Energy

Advised AFC on taking a 23% stake in this coal-fired power project company in Mozambique.

West African Gold mining M&A

Advised on the sale of mining interests in Guinea and roll up into larger investment vehicle.

AIM IPO of Eland Oil & Gas Plc

Advised Eland on its £118 million placing as part of its IPO, together with various prior private fundraisings, the related acquisition of a 45% interest in Nigerian OML 40 from Shell, Total and Eni through Eland's joint venture with its local partner Starcrest.

Sale of Nigerian oil interests

Advised independent oil and gas company on separate transactions to sell its interests in two different Nigerian assets to another independent oil & gas group for cash and paper.

North Africa economic interest agreement

Advised investor on the conversion of its equity position into a synthetic equity position.

Soma Oil & Gas investment by Winter Sky

Advised this oil & gas company on a significant investment into it by family office owned Winter Sky to fund a seismic data acquisition programme in offshore Somalia.

Offtake financing

Advised a state oil company on refinancing by way of sale of its share of production from various PSCs.

Joint venture between The Mauritius Commercial Bank and Société Générale in Mozambique

Advised on joint venture between these institutions in relation to MCB Moçambique.

Citadel Capital acquisition of controlling stake in Rift Valley Railways

Advised Citadel (now Qalaa Holdings) on acquiring 51% stake through several transactions and subsequently buying out leading Kenyan PE investor, TransCentury.

More: Africa

Tony acts on a wide range of corporate matters across the MENA regions including joint ventures, M&A (public and private), private equity and other private fundraisings, IPOs and secondary public equity fundraisings.

Representative examples of his work include:

Joint Venture between Middle Eastern shipping groups

Advised on joint venture for 9 VLCCs.

Seera Investment Bank secondary buy-out of BWA Water Additives

Advised Seera on this buy-out which won the FT’s deal of the year award for what was the first sharia’ compliant secondary buy-out in the UK.

Joint venture in relation to Rift Valley Railways

Advised Qalaa Holdings (formerly Citadel Capital) on terms of its joint venture with Transcentury in relation to RVR.

Acquisition of MENA TV platform

Advised buyer on acquisition of south Asian focused television platform based in MENA.

Sale of fund manager to Middle East investor

Advised management on the sale of Advance Emerging Capital to Rassmal Investments.

Adenium Energy

Advised this Dubai based solar energy company on its acquisition of European solar farm projects.

Sale of Sphinx Glass to Saudi Construction Products Holding Company

Acted as special counsel to Citadel Capital for International Investments Ltd and Glass Worlds Trading SAE on the sale for approximately $115 million.

More: The Middle East

Tony acts on a wide range of corporate matters involving the UK including joint ventures, M&A (public and private), private equity and other private fundraisings, IPOs and secondary public equity fundraisings.

Representative examples of his work include:

Seera Investment Bank secondary buy-out of BWA Water Additives

Advised Seera on this buy-out which won the FT’s deal of the year award for what was the first sharia’ compliant secondary buy-out in the UK.

AIM IPO of Eland Oil & Gas Plc

Advised Eland on its £118 million placing as part of its IPO, being the largest oil & gas AIM IPO in the previous 5 years. The proceeds were used to acquire a 45% interest in Nigerian OML 40 from Shell, Total and Eni.

Platts (UK) Ltd’s acquisition of Petromedia

Advised Platts (part of McGraw-Hill) on the acquisition of this specialist provider of data and intelligence in relation to marine fuels.

Avnet Technology Solutions

Advised Avnet on the acquisition of the assets of Mattelli Ltd, a specialist in IT estate management.

Sale of UK division of AIM Group Plc to Lloyds Development Capital

Advised on the sale of this specialist manufacturer of aircraft interiors to management, backed by LDC.

Sale of Charles Stanley Securities to Panmure Gordon

Advised Charles Stanley on the sale of its broking business to Panmure Gordon.

Dearman Engine

Advised this clean cold and power technology company on various rounds of funding.

More: UK

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