Sean Geraghty

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Sean Geraghty

Partner

London | 160 Queen Victoria Street, London EC4V 4QQ
+44 20 7184 7540 | +44 20 7184 7001

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Sean Geraghty’s experience includes mergers and acquisitions (both public and private, for corporate clients and private equity clients), IPOs (on the Official List, AIM and overseas), secondary offerings, joint ventures and general corporate matters. Mr. Geraghty has acted for major European and international corporate clients and financial institutions on substantial transactions.

Mr. Geraghty is recommended in The Legal 500 UK, 2017, 2016 and 2015 for equity capital markets and is noted as the key contact for AIM work. His experience with regard to IPOs, secondary offerings, joint ventures and general corporate matters has been highlighted by Chambers UK. He has also been listed in Chambers UK for corporate and M&A and has been recommended in The Legal 500 UK, for M&A, where he has received praise from clients for his “thoroughness and responsiveness”.

Mr. Geraghty frequently speaks at conferences and seminars on corporate law and corporate finance matters. He is the author of a chapter in the Oxford University Press’ Annotated Guide to the Companies Act 2006 and in Sweet & Maxwell’s “Hedge Funds and the Law” publication and is the author of  PLC’s guide to Equity Capital Markets Law in the UK. Mr Geraghty is also a contributing editor of Sweet & Maxwell's "Company Directors: Law and Liability".

Experience
  • SQS Software Quality Systems AG on its proposed takeover by Assystem Services Deutschland GmbH.  
  • Investec Bank plc in connection with the placing of shares with institutional shareholders and an open offer of shares by their client ITM Power plc.
  • Centaur Media plc, a listed company which owns The Lawyer magazine, on the sale of Home Interest and the acquisition of MarketMakers Incorporated Limited.
  • Travel Leaders Group on its acquisition of the entire issued share capital of Colletts Travel Limited, a luxury travel agency based in the UK, from two individual sellers.
  • IT Lab Enterprises Ltd, a managed IT services provider in UK and South Africa and the technology support business behind McLaren sports cars, on its sale to mid-market private equity house ECI Partners in a private equity led MBO transaction.
  • Shore Capital & Corporate Limited and Shore Capital Stockbrokers Limited on an equity fundraising and debt restructuring by AIM-listed Styles & Wood plc.
  • ZAI Corporate Finance Limited on the admission of Blackstar Group SE (from admission, Tiso Blackstar Group) to the London Stock Exchange’s AIM market and its related placing of ordinary shares resulting in a market capitalization of £189.3 million.
  • Kofax Limited, the leading provider of capture driven business process automation solutions, on a merger agreement in which Lexmark acquired all of the outstanding shares of Kofax for US$11.00 per share in cash for a total enterprise value of approximately US$1 billion, net of cash acquired.
  • The Share Centre Limited, a subsidiary of Share plc (AIM: SHRE.LN) a leading UK independent retail stockbroker on its agreement with Barclays Bank plc to acquire up to 3,000 nominee share dealing accounts serviced by Barclays Stockbrokers.
  • SQS Software Quality Systems AG, a publicly traded company incorporated in Germany, on the acquisition by its US subsidiary of Trissential, LLC, a leading IT project, program and portfolio management consulting firm in the Mid-West region of the United States.
  • AIM-listed ACM Shipping Group plc in connection with its £150 million recommended merger with Braemar Shipping Services plc (a company listed on the Main Market of the London Stock Exchange) effected by way of Scheme of Arrangement.
  • Spark Advisory Partners Limited, as nominated adviser, and WH Ireland Limited and Whitman Howard Limited, as joint brokers, on the admission to trading on AIM of IMIMobile plc, a leading global technology company.
  • Shore Capital as nominated adviser and broker to SafeCharge International Group Limited, an international provider of payments services, risk management and IT solutions for online businesses, on its US$400 million (c.£242.6 million) IPO on AIM.
  • Kofax® Limited on its restructuring proposals to create a new holding company incorporated in Bermuda with a premium listing on the London Stock Exchange and a listing on the NASDAQ Global Select Market.
  • Insurecom (Bermuda) Limited on the sale to Applied Systems, Inc. of its UK software and connectivity solutions business which serves the UK insurance industry.
  • Auven Therapeutics on its acquisition of Spirogen and the subsequent sale of Spirogen to Medimmune/AstraZeneca.
  • MWB Group Holdings plc, the listed hotels and serviced offices holding company, on the corporate aspects of its £282.5 million bank refinancing with the Bank of Scotland and RBS, its revised shareholder arrangements with RBSM Investments (a private equity fund in which RBS has a stake) and in relation to the £100 million sale and leaseback of five of its Malmaison hotels.
  • MWB Group Holdings plc on a US$100 million institutional fund raising and capital restructuring.
  • Liberty plc, the iconic Regent Street retail business, on its £71.5 million takeover by Bluegem Gamma Limited, a private equity buyer.
  • Kofax plc, the listed provider of capture-enabled business process management (BPM) solutions, on its acquisition of Singularity Limited.
  • Kofax plc on the sale of its EMEA wide hardware business to Hannover Finanz, a private equity firm headquartered in Germany, and to members of the business unit’s management team.
  • Capital Z Partners on its role as lead investor in a £19 million fund raising by Jelf Group plc, a publicly-traded UK-based insurance broker, employee benefits/healthcare consultant, and wealth manager.
  • Nomura Code Securities in relation to AIM-listed Silence Therapeutics plc’s merger with Intradigm Corporation and its placing and offer for a subscription of shares.
  • RPG Industries SE on its £83 million investment into London Stock Exchange-listed Ferrexpo plc, the Ukrainian natural resources company.
  • New World Resources NV, the owner of the Czech Republic’s largest hard coal mining company OKD a.s., in connection with its £1.3 billion IPO on the London, Prague and Warsaw Stock Exchanges.
  • Stirling Square Capital Partners on its US$150 million acquisition of Public Safety Equipment, an international provider of highway safety solutions from Seton House Group (a Bank of Scotland private equity vehicle).
  • Shareholders of Charlemagne Capital Limited in connection with Charlemagne Capital’s £298 million float on AIM.
  • Edgen Corporation, the pipe manufacturer, on its acquisition of Murray International Metals Limited, the international high quality steel distribution business.
  • Flender AG on its €1.2 billion sale to Siemens AG.
  • A member of the consortium led by Macquarie Communications Infrastructure Group which acquired NTL’s proposed towers and transmission division for £1.27 billon.
Education
  • University of Exeter, B.A., Economics, 1991
Admissions
  • England and Wales
Memberships
  • QCA’s Corporate Finance Advisers Expert Group