Fasken Martineau has won mandates on two AIM IPOs as well as secondary fundraising, amid signs that the junior market may finally be emerging from its two-year hibernation.
The firm acted for oil and gas exploration company Kea Petroleum on its £6m share issue, while a second Fasken team advised Oxford Nutrascience Group on a £1.1m fundraising.
Corporate partner David Smith led the way on the Kea Petroleum listing, with corporate partner Mark Camilleri advising on Canadian law aspects. Corporate partner Chris Chrysanthou and IP partner Stuart Richards led for Oxford Nutrasciences.
RBC Capital Markets was the broker for Kea Petroleum, with advice coming from Field Fisher Waterhouse corporate finance partner Dominic Gurney-Champion.
Zimmerman Adams International Limited acted as the broker on the Oxford Nutrasciences deal, with Faegre & Benson corporate partner Melanie Wadsworth leading.
Last year Chrysanthou also led a Fasken team advising co-brokers Canaccord and RBC on the $120m (£79.9m) secondary placing of Petra Diamonds.
On the prospect of an AIM revival, Chrysanthou said: “Hopefully we’ve turned a corner and things will get moving.”
Elsewhere on AIM, Memery Crystal corporate partner Lesley Gregory acted for Petra on the fundraising that enabled it to purchase a majority stake in South Africa’s Cullinan mine.
The mine produced a 507-carat uncut diamond that last month raised a record $35.2m at auction.