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AIM - OUR EXPERIENCE
OUR AIM PRACTICE Acting for clients listing on AIM since its inception in 1995, Watson Farley & Williams’ specialist AIM legal team is recognised as one of the market’s leading legal advisors.
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The AIM market is popular for a broad variety of reasons. It is a globally respected market with a comparatively flexible regulatory regime, there is a wide pool of capital and a range of tax benefits are also available. Experienced and pragmatic, our team advise on wide range of transactions – including some of the largest and most complex in the market’s history. Working with companies admitted or proposing to admit to AIM, nominated advisers, brokers, investment banks and other investors and financial advisers, our team advise in relation to initial public offerings (IPOs), subsequent fundraisings, secondary/dual listings, reverse takeovers, acquisitions and disposals.
We also advise on pre-IPO fundraisings (including under the Enterprise Investment Scheme (“ESI”)), equity line facilities, migrations from the Official List of the London Stock Exchange to AIM (and vice versa), corporate governance issues and post-admission continuity obligations. As a result of significant AIM experience, we are well-placed to assist companies with introductions to brokers, nomads and other advisers, to attend initial meetings and to advise on financial and other engagement terms. The AIM companies we represent span a broad range of industry sectors. With particular expertise in the energy, natural resources and transportation sectors, we conduct transactions making use of both market and industry best practice.
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SELECTED EXPERIENCE INITIAL PUBLIC OFFERINGS
EQUATORIAL PALM OIL PLC Advising Equatorial Palm Oil plc on its AIM IPO and £6.5m placing giving it a market capitalisation of £14.2m.
ORIEL SECURITIES LIMITED AND TRISTONE CAPITAL LIMITED Advising Oriel and Tristone on the AIM IPO of Valiant Petroleum plc and £50m placing giving Valiant a £200m market capitalisation.
CHAARAT GOLD HOLDINGS LIMITED Advising Chaarat Gold Holdings on its AIM IPO and £9m placing giving it a market capitalisation of £43.1m.
ICB FINANCIAL GROUP HOLDINGS AG Advising ICB Financial Group Holdings AG (the first Swiss company and third bank to be listed on AIM) on its AIM IPO and US$10m pre-admission placing giving it a US$180m market capitalisation.
Advising Rame Energy plc on its AIM IPO and £2.1m placing and convertible loan note issue, giving it a market capitalisation of £17.1m.
MADAGASCAR OIL LIMITED Advising Madagascar Oil on its AIM IPO and its £50.5m placing, giving it a market capitalisation in excess of £180m.
Advising Tangiers Petroleum on its admission to trading on AIM through the designated market listed process and A$6.35m placing to investors in the UK, US and Australia. Advising Pantheon Resources plc on its AIM IPO and £10m placing giving it a market capitalisation of £15.55m.
Advising Ballarat Goldfields NL on its fast-track AIM admission and creation of stamp duty reserve tax exempt Depositary Interest trading facility.
TANGIERS PETROLEUM LIMITED
PANTHEON RESOURCES PLC
BALLARAT GOLDFIELDS NL
BAOBAB RESOURCES PLC Advising Baobab Resources plc on its AIM IPO and £2.2m placing giving it a market capitalisation of £4.8m.
ALLENBY CAPITAL LIMITED Advising Allenby Capital Limited as nomad and broker to All Asia Asset Capital Limited on its admission to trading on AIM.
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SELECTED EXPERIENCE EQUITY FUNDRAISINGS
COAL OF AFRICA LIMITED Advising Coal of Africa Limited (listed on AIM, ASX and the Johannesburg Stock Exchange) on a series of international placings to raise approximately £130m.
TOWER RESOURCES PLC
Advising JM Finn as broker on a £1.3m placing for Music Copyright Solutions plc (listed on AIM) and a series of placings for Hallin Marine Subsea International plc (listed on AIM) to raise £10m.
Advising Tower Resources (listed on AIM) on a number of secondary fundraisings, including its placing and subscription to raise £19.3m in connection with its acquisition of Rift Petroleum Holdings Ltd and its proposed farm-in to Block 2B, offshore Kenya.
FOX-DAVIES CAPITAL LIMITED Advising Fox-Davies Capital Limited as broker on an international placing for Discovery Metals Limited (listed on AIM, ASX and the Botswana Stock Exchange).
ZAMBEZI RESOURCES LIMITED Advising Zambezi Resources Limited (listed on AIM and ASX) on a series of international placings to raise £16m.
MADAGASCAR OIL LIMITED Advising Madagascar Oil (listed on AIM) on a number of secondary fundraisings including its placing and open offer to raise £49.5m.
STEPPE CEMENT LIMITED Advising Steppe Cement Ltd (listed on AIM) on various underwritten offers for subscription to shareholders to raise £30m.
HARDMAN RESOURCES LIMITED Advising Hardman Resources (listed on AIM and ASX) on its AIM admission, international placings to raise £117m and a rights entitlement issue to raise £36.5m (the first Australian rights issue using CREST Depository Interests).
NEW WORLD OIL AND GAS PLC Advising New World Oil and Gas plc on a number of secondary fundraisings to help finance its projects in Belize and Denmark.
ALBIDON LIMITED Advising Albidon Limited (listed on AIM and ASX) on a series of international placings to raise £32m.
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SELECTED EXPERIENCE REVERSE TAKEOVERS
NORTH RIVER RESOURCES PLC Advising North River Resources plc on its reverse takeover of West Africa Gold Exploration (Namibia) (Proprietary), £7m placing and readmission to trading on AIM, with a market capitalisation of ca £17.5m.
HERENCIA RESOURCES PLC Advising Herencia Resources plc on its reverse takeover of Tarapaca Resources (Bermuda) Limited and readmission to trading on AIM.
NORSEMAN GOLD PLC Advising Norseman Gold plc on its reverse takeover of Central Norseman Gold Corporation Ltd (in administration) from Croesus Mining NL (in administration), £26.9m placing and readmission to trading on AIM.
FINNAUST MINING PLC VERONA PHARMA PLC Advising Verona Pharma plc on its reverse takeover of Rhinopharma Ltd, and readmission to trading on AIM.
Advising FinnAust Mining plc on its reverse takeover by Centurion Resources plc.
NEW WORLD OIL & GAS PLC GENESIS PETROLEUM CORPORATION PLC Advising on the reverse takeover of Genesis Petroleum Corporation Limited by Zari Resources plc, valuing Genesis at £15.6m, and its readmission to trading on AIM.
WEATHERLY INTERNATIONAL PLC Advising Weatherly International plc on its reverse takeover of Puku Minerals Limited and readmission to trading on AIM.
Advising New World on its admission to AIM and its conversion, via a reverse takeover, from an investment company to an operating resource company as it began drilling on its flagship Blue Creek Project in Belize.
MATRA PETROLEUM PLC Advising Matra Petroleum plc on its reverse takeover of Inke Petroleum, £8m placing and readmission to trading on AIM.
TOWER RESOURCES PLC Advising Tower Resources plc on its reverse takeover of Neptune Petroleum Limited and readmission to trading on AIM.
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SELECTED EXPERIENCE MERGERS & ACQUISITIONS
BRAEMORE RESOURCES PLC Advising Braemore Resources plc (listed on AIM and the Johannesburg Stock Exchange) on its takeover by Jubilee Platinum plc, effected by way of a UK scheme of arrangement under the South African Takeover Code.
GENESIS PETROLEUM CORPORATION PLC Advising Genesis Petroleum Corporation plc (listed on AIM) on its takeover by Bayerngas Norge AS, effected by way of a scheme of arrangement.
MATRA PETROLEUM PLC Advising Matra Petroleum plc (listed on AIM) on the sale of its 40% interest in Gemstone Properties Ltd and on the acquisition of “OOO” Arkhangelovskoe.
MRI GROUP Advising MRI Group on the sale of its 49% interest in Emed Tartessus to Emed Mining Public Limited (listed on AIM) and its subsidiaries.
CHAARAT GOLD HOLDINGS LIMITED
PALMARY ENTERPRISES (AUSTRALIA) PTY LIMITED Advising Palmary Enterprises (Australia) Pty Limited in connection with certain aspects of its acquisition of Consolidated Minerals Limited (listed on the ASX and AIM).
WHAM ENERGY PLC Advising WHAM Energy plc (listed on AIM) on its takeover by Venture Production plc, effected by way of a scheme of arrangement.
Advising Chaarat Gold Holdings (listed on AIM) on its takeover of Kyrex Limited.
RHEOCHEM PLC Advising Rheochem plc (listed on AIM and ASX) on the acquisition (through its subsidiary) of a 50% interest in Zeus Petroleum Ltd.
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SELECTED EXPERIENCE STRATEGIC ALLIANCES
BAOBAB RESOURCES PLC Advising Baobab Resources plc (listed on AIM) on a placing, strategic investment by International Finance Corporation (IFC) and joint venture with IFC for the Tete project in Mozambique.
GENESIS PETROLEUM CORPORATION PLC Advising Genesis Petroleum Corporation plc (listed on AIM) on a joint venture with Petroleum Geo-Services ASA (PGS) and £10m strategic investment by PGS and Aker Capital AS.
FORTE ENERGY NL
ZAMBEZI RESOURCES LIMITED Advising Zambezi Resources Limited (listed on AIM and ASX) on a placing of shares to Glencore International AG and US$16m strategic alliance with Glencore.
ALTONA ENERGY PLC Advising Altona Energy plc (listed on AIM) on a strategic investment of up to £11.6m by Tongjiang Energy and on its evaluation joint venture with CNOOC for the Arckaringa Project.
CHAARAT GOLD HOLDINGS LTD
Advising Forte Energy NL (listed on AIM and ASX) on the English and French law aspects of its strategic alliance with Areva.
Advising Chaarat Gold Holdings Ltd (listed on AIM) on a strategic investment by China Nonferrous Metals Int’l Mining Co. Ltd to raise £5.6m.
HERENCIA RESOURCES PLC
MATRA PETROLEUM PLC
Advising Herencia Resources plc (listed on AIM) on strategic investments by Nyrstar International BV and Shining Capital Management.
Advising Matra Petroleum plc (listed on AIM) on a strategic investment by Delek International Energy Limited.
MARIANA RESOURCES LIMITED Advising Mariana Resources Limited an AIM and TSX-listed company, in relation to a strategic investment by AngloGold Ashanti Limited.
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SELECTED EXPERIENCE OTHER
Advising a number of AIM listed companies in connection with sponsorship licence applications and Tier 1 visa applications under the UK points based system.
Advising Albidon Limited (listed on AIM and ASX) on its US$60m project financing facility with Barclay’s Bank and European Investment Bank and US$20m junior debt facility from, and an offtake agreement with, Jinchuan Group of China.
YORKVILLE ADVISERS UK LLP BRAEMORE RESOURCES PLC Advising Braemore Resources plc (listed on AIM and the Johannesburg Stock Exchange) on its relationship agreement with its major shareholder, Atomaer Holdings Pty Ltd, and a number of project and technology agreements.
Advising Yorkville Advisers UK LLP in connection with the provision of various equity line facilities predominantly to AIM listed companies operating within the natural resources sector.
SERVICE AGREEMENTS/ INCENTIVE SCHEMES Advising a number of AIM listed companies on executive and nonexecutive director agreements, approved and unapproved share based incentive schemes and cash based incentives.
TAKEOVER PROTECTION RHEOCHEM PLC Advising Rheochem plc (listed on AIM and the ASX) on matters relating to its interest in the Athena development in the North Sea.
Advising a number of AIM listed companies on the incorporation of takeover protections into their articles of association (or equivalent documents).
METALS EXPLORATION PLC Advising Metals Exploration plc (listed on AIM) on various debt facilities totalling £25m and advising its independent director in connection with the proposed takeover by Solomon Capital.
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