Simon Holden - Partner

Corporate team
Email: Phone: +44 20 7539 7267

Simon is an experienced corporate lawyer with an in-depth understanding of the commercial sensitivities which underpin corporate transactions. He specialises in corporate finance with expertise in flotations, equity capital markets and mergers & acquisitions. He has a wealth of capital markets experience, both domestic and international, having advised on a significant number of AIM and Main Market flotations and secondary fundraisings, acting for issuers, brokers and nomads. He also advises on venture capital, with a strong focus on SEIS and EIS, and other corporate finance matters. Simon has a significant track record advising on transactions in the mining, natural resources, oil & gas and technology sectors.

Simon is named as a recognised lawyer for M&A and Flotations/Capital Markets work in the 2017 edition of the Legal 500.

Representative experience includes:

  • Advised Panthera Resources PLC (AIM: PAT) on its admission to AIM.
  • Advised United Oil & Gas Plc (LSE: UOG), a group which focuses on international oil and gas development exploration and production opportunities, in connection with its placing of £3 million and reverse takeover, resulting in the readmission of its enlarged issued share capital to the Official List (by way of Standard Listing) and to trading on the London Stock Exchange’s Main Market.
  • Advised AIM-quoted Victoria Oil & Gas Plc (AIM: VOG), an integrated natural gas producing utility in Cameroon, on a fundraising of US$23.5 million which was completed by way of an accelerated bookbuild.
  • Advised AIM-quoted international oil and gas company Columbus Energy Resources plc (AIM: CERP) in connection with several fundraisings, most recently an institutional placing of £3 million and a subscription and open offer to management and existing shareholders of £1.1 million.
  • Advised the selling shareholders of Media Link LLC in connection with the sale to the Ascential group of companies, the parent of which is a FTSE 250 constituent quoted on the Main Market (LSE: ASCL), for a total consideration of up to US$207 million.
  • Advised Iofina plc (AIM: IOF), an iodine and iodine derivatives explorer and producer based in the United States, in connection with the restructuring of its US$20 million convertible loan notes and establishing a US$10 million debt facility.
  • Advised the selling shareholders of C4L Group Holdings Limited in connection with the sale of C4L to Selection Services Investments Limited, a wholly-owned subsidiary of CORETX Holdings plc (AIM: COR), for a purchase price of £20.2 million.
  • Advised a consortium of Russian high net worth investors in relation to their purchase of the Fairline Yachts business out of administration for an undisclosed sum.

Simon Holden