AIM is one of the world’s leading growth markets and is operated, regulated, and promoted by the London Stock Exchange. Since its launch in 1995, over 3,000 companies from across the globe have chosen to join AIM. Powering the companies of tomorrow, AIM continues to help smaller and growing companies raise the capital they need for development and expansion.
K&L Gates’ AIM practice advises both companies already admitted and those seeking to be admitted to AIM, as well as the investment banks and finance houses advising AIM companies. We have acted for a number of leading U.K. brokers on their own admissions to AIM and currently act for 18 of the most active nominated advisers and brokers advising companies coming to AIM.
We are one of the most active international law firms undertaking capital markets transactions. Our corporate finance lawyers regularly advise on a wide range of AIM transactions, such as IPOs (advising Nomads, Brokers, and Issuers), subsequent fundraisings, reverse takeovers, secondary listings, dual listings, acquisitions, and disposals as well as pre-IPO fundraisings, corporate governance issues, and post-admission continuing obligations.
Our team has particular experience in bringing international companies to AIM, and can draw on our offices throughout the United States, Asia, the Middle East, and Europe, including our London office, to provide a seamless service on U.K., U.S., and international issues. We have focused on a number of industry sectors for many years, including natural resources, pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, telecommunications, media and technology, betting and gaming, real estate, leisure and construction, financial services, manufacturing and engineering, and support services. Consequently, our lawyers bring with them considerable know-how, industry connections, and working experience which enable us to understand the business of our clients, how admission to AIM will affect their business, and the commercial drivers that make AIM the right market for the business in question.
The IPO process can be demanding for a business and its personnel, and our lawyers can help with project management, identifying issues in advance and avoiding pitfalls, containing costs, and making the whole process as straightforward as possible. Additionally, we know our way around the markets and the applicable rules and regulations.