Corporate practice at Keystone Law expands with the appointment of Simon Holden, a former partner at Kerman & Co.

Simon is an experienced corporate transactional lawyer specialising in equity capital markets. He acts for issuers, principally in connection with IPOs and secondary capital raisings on the Main Market and AIM, and has advised nominated advisers and brokers in connection with various AIM transactions. Simon regularly advises start-ups and growth companies on alternative forms of raising finance, including advising a leading fintech company in connection with its crowdfunding campaigns. He also advises on public and private M&A transactions (both domestic and cross-border) and debt finance facilities.

Simon’s equity capital markets and M&A expertise, specifically relating to mining and oil and gas transactions, has been recognised in The Legal 500 where he is recommended by clients and praised as a ‘tour de force’.

As well as representing issuers coming to the market for the first time, Simon advises issuers and their boards in relation to the ongoing requirements of being a publicly quoted company, including the application of the Listing Rules, the AIM Rules, The Takeover Code and the Market Abuse Regulation. He is also the company secretary of an AIM-quoted company.

Clients have included SolGold, Fairline Yachts and The Sunday Times Hiscox Tech Track 100-ranked gohenry.

Simon is commercially minded with a strong profile, particularly amongst the growth companies market,” said James Knight, CEO and founder of Keystone Law. “As well as having a significant role in the ongoing development of our capital markets practice, his expertise in advising start-ups and SMEs complements what is already a real sweet spot for us.

Simon added:

I have been very much looking forward to joining the successful corporate team here at Keystone. The firm’s impressive expertise and deal record, paired with the innovative ethos of the business, makes for the perfect platform to further bolster my own practice and that of Keystone as a whole.