Hunton’s AIM expertise secures mining listing

Hunton & Williams has advised on the third AIM listing of a special purpose acquisition corporation (Spac),a niche US investment vehicle structure.

Hunton & Williams has advised on the third AIM listing of a special purpose acquisition corporation (Spac), a niche US investment vehicle structure.

The firm used its reputation as an AIM specialist to advise KBC Peel Hunt as nominated adviser and broker, and Casimir Capital as joint placing agent, on the AIM listing of the Spac, called Platinum Diversified Mining.

Hunton corporate partner Paul Tetlow, who led the firm’s team advising on the deal along with energy partner Raul Grable, said the firm was hoping for similar deals in the future.

“We were able to do our side of the deal as one firm because of our US and UK expertise,” he said. “And all of it, apart from some US tax help, was done out of London.”

Platinum Diversified Mining, which raised $80m (£44.8m) through the listing, was advised by three firms on UK, US and Cayman Islands law. Fladgate Fielder, led by partner Avram Kelman, provided UK advice; New Jersey firm Sills Cummis Epstein & Gross gave US advice; while Charles Adams Ritchie & Duckworth advised on Cayman law.

Tetlow said: “This is an interesting time in the US-UK cross-border market and this is just one example of how US participants are entering the AIM market.”

Platinum Diversified Mining is expected to use the money raised by the listing to fulfil its acquisition targets.