Edwin Richards

Edwin Richards

Partner
Solicitor – admitted 2015

"Michelmores played a crucial role in getting this investment over the line and we are very pleased with their professional yet pragmatic approach."

Brian Menell, Chairman & CEO of TechMet 

"Completing a deal in the middle of a pandemic was challenging, but Michelmores did a great job keeping everyone focused and pushing at the right pace. Their professionalism and focus on the big issues helped us deliver a key strategic partner for growth."

Troy Christensen, CEO of Enotria 

"These are difficult times for many businesses and the faith demonstrated by investors in ours and its growth prospects is most welcome. This was a new process for us all but with the help and advice we received from Edwin and the Michelmores team it reached a speedy conclusion. All-in-all what could have been bureaucratic turned out to be relatively painless."

Melinda Kenneway, CEO of Kudos Innovations

About

Edwin is a Partner in the London Corporate team at Michelmores and, unusually for a solicitor, he is also a Chartered Accountant (FCA ICAEW). He has over 25 years’ experience (including working for many years at UBS) in mergers, acquisitions and disposals, private equity and start-up, venture and development capital.

Edwin provides pragmatic, commercial legal advice to management teams, SME and mid-cap, public and private clients. He is a recommended lawyer in The Legal 500.

Recent Experience

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Private Market Transactions

  • Advising TechMet on its USD 25 million investment from the United States International Development Finance Corporation
  • Acting for TechMet on its acquisition of a substantial minority investment in Brazilian Nickel PLC.
  • Advising the shareholders of Whitman Howard Group Limited on the sale of its broking and corporate finance business to Panmure Gordon Group Limited
  • Advising Enotria&Coe on its acquisition of Gin Foundry during "lock-down"
  • Advising Kudos Innovations on its issue of convertible loan notes to investors and the Future Fund of the British Business Bank
  • Advising Copper Technologies (UK) Limited, which provides institutional custody & prime brokerage for digital assets, on its $8 million Series A fundraising
  • Advising Magnet Networks of Ireland on the disposal of its shareholding in Velocity1, a fibre broadband provider in Wembley Park, London
  • Advising 3 Step IT UK on the sale of its business and assets to a joint venture recently formed by its parent company 3 Step IT Group OY and BNP Paribas Leasing Solutions
  • Advising Soros Economic Development Fund, the impact investment fund established by George Soros, on the sale of its majority stake in the Indian venture capital firm, Aspada, to LGT, the investment management company owned by the Princely House of Liechtenstein
  • Advising Trend Investments on investments in Medtech and other tech sectors.
  • Advising Nesta, an impact investor, on its investment in SumDog, an online teaching aid
  • Advising the board of LifeSearch on a structured equity buy-back programme
  • Advising the management team of a PE backed group in negotiating and settling the terms of an equity incentive plan
  • Advising CRUX Asset Management on the acquisition of the Oriel funds from the Stifel group
  • Advising M-BIRR (Ireland and Ethiopia), a provider of mobile money transfer services, on an investment by the European Investment Bank and DEG
  • Advising AgDevCo on its investment in a Swiss holding company, Nurevas International, a producer of high quality processed food in Ghana
  • Advising angel investors on an investment in Gooseberry Planet, an educational software business
  • Advising the management team in the Sovereign Capital backed BIMBO of logistics company, Dalepak
  • Advising management and investors on a buy-out at HR tech provider Hollaroo
  • Advising on the sale of leading financial planning firm Baigrie Davies, requiring FCA regulatory approval, to Standard Life's national financial planning arm, 1825 Financial Planning

Public Market Transactions

  • Acting for the independent board of AIM quoted Modern Water plc in the £52 million all-share merger with AIM quoted DeepVerge plc
  • Acting for Mining, Minerals and Metals plc on its Standard Listing of the Main Market of the London Stock Exchange.
  • Acting for the shareholders of the Comarco group of companies, the Kenyan port and logistics business, on the reverse takeover of LSE standard-listed Anglo African Agriculture plc (to be renamed Agulhas Group Africa plc) and re-admission to the standard list.
  • Acting for Whitman Howard and Turner Pope Investments as Placement Agents in relation to a £8.4 million placing for Reabold Resources plc (AIM)
  • Acting for African Battery Metals plc (AIM) on two African cobalt-nickel acquisitions and associated placing
  • Advising AIM quoted investment bank Arden Partners plc and Whitman Howard in relation to a £7.83 million placing (carried out as an accelerated book build) for Reabold Resources plc (AIM)
  • Advising AIM client Modern Water plc on its £1.75m placing, completed as an accelerated book build, and associated subscription
  • Advising AIM quoted Sula Iron & Gold plc on a placing and open offer and a further subscription through Riverfort Global Capital including advising on an associated 'equity sharing' agreement
  • Advising Plant Health Care plc on its accelerated-whitewash compliant AIM placing and open offer

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