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Nick McCarthy


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Nick has wide experience in UK and cross border acquisitions and disposals, acting for both public and private companies. He also advises on joint ventures, reorganisations and fundraisings. In particular, Nick has advised companies, sponsors, Nomads and brokers on initial public offerings and secondary fundraisings on the LSE’s Main Markets and AIM.

Nick also has broad experience of advising on transactions governed by the City Code, including recommended and hostile takeovers, take private transactions, reverse takeovers, mergers and providing advice on obtaining panel whitewashes and code waivers.

He acts for a wide range of clients across different sectors, including leisure and retail, natural resources, financial services and biotech.

Capital Markets and M&A Highlights

Recent Deal Highlights

  • Main market IPO of Ten Entertainment Group PLC – We acted for Ten Entertainment Group plc, parent company to Tenpin Limited, on its admission to the premium segment of the main market of the London Stock Exchange with a market capitalisation of just over £107 million. The Group is the second largest ten-pin bowling operator in the UK with a portfolio of 40 sites, a total of approximately 1,000 bowling alleys and a variety of other family entertainment activities. The team also advised on the pre-IPO restructuring and refinancing.
  • Source Bioscience PLC – Acting for Sherwood Holdings Limited on its acquisition, by way of a court sanctioned scheme of arrangement, of Source Bioscience plc an international provider of integrated state of the art laboratory services and products. The recommended cash offer valued the entire issued share capital at approximately £62.87 million.
  • FIH Group PLC – Advising the board on a recommended offer by Staunton Holdings Limited and subsequent approach by Dolphin Fund Limited, an Argentinean backed company. FIH group plc is quoted on AIM, with operations in the Falkland Islands and the UK. Its business activities in the Falklands are conducted by The Falkland Island Company, including retailing, property, insurance, hotels, shipping and fishing agency services. In the UK the group operates a passenger ferry service also handles and stores fine art and antiques. The group has a market capitalisation of approximately £36 million.
  • Gourmet Burger Kitchen – We acted for Famous Brands, Africa’s largest branded food service franchisor, on its acquisition of Gourmet Burger Kitchen for £120 million. Famous Brands is listed on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange and is within its top 100 companies.
  • Mintec Limited – Acting for management on the management buy-out of Mintec Limited by Synova Capital. Mintec Limited is a world leading provider of global pricing data and intelligence for non-traded food ingredients.

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