Howard Kennedy bolsters AIM offering with major City hire to head team

Law firm Howard Kennedy has strengthened its capital markets offering following the hire of corporate expert, James Wilson, into the partnership. With many years of experience in advising nomads and companies on the AIM market, James has been hired to lead the AIM team at Howard Kennedy.

James joins the firm from the corporate department of Holman Fenwick Willan (HFW), where he specialised in corporate finance transactions, M&A and a range of other corporate and commercial work across a broad range of sectors. Prior to that he was at Reed Smith where he primarily advised a variety of issuers, investors and intermediaries on IPOs, secondary offerings and takeovers.

James joins as part of Keith Lassman’s Capital Markets team to head up the firm’s AIM offering. He brings with him extensive experience having advised on the recent AIM IPOs of; Angling Direct plc, Filta Group Holdings plc, Comptoir Group plc, Everyman Media Group plc and Elegant Hotels Group plc.

AIM advisory is a rapidly growing specialism for Howard Kennedy having advised Ethernity Networks on their £15m AIM IPO last year and Comptoir Libanais and Filta on each of their AIM listings in 2016. James’ appointment is the latest in the expansion for Howard Kennedy, with 13 senior hires in the past year in Capital Markets, Energy, Islamic Finance and Distressed M&A practices.

Keith Lassman, Partner and Head of Capital Markets said: "James has a long history of advising nomads and companies, both domestic and international, on AIM, and we are delighted that he is joining us to head up our AIM team and bringing with him his considerable reputation, experience and contacts."

About Howard Kennedy

Howard Kennedy has 53 partners and numbers 350 people in total and works alongside national and international clients across many disciplines, including banking, corporate and commercial, family, finance, employment, dispute resolution, intellectual property, private client, real estate and tax. Howard Kennedy has particular focus on the Financial Services, Media and Technology, Real Estate, Retail and Leisure, Sports Individuals sectors.


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