Macfarlanes and Herbies scoop major AIM float

Macfarlanes and Herbert Smith scored roles on one of the biggest IPOs of the year on AIM, the £580m flotation of specialist life insurer Just Retirement.

Macfarlanes advised Just Retirement and private equity firm Langholm Capital, which helped launch the insurer and will retain a 62 per cent stake in it. Langholm is a longstanding client of Macfarlanes.

Corporate partner Kevin Tuffnell led the team advising on the IPO.

Herbert Smith picked up a role advising Deutsche Bank, the sole coordinator, nomad, broker and book runner.

Herbert Smith has enjoyed a close relationship with Deutsche Bank of late, scoring instruction on the Euronext listing of closed-end company MW Tops off the back of a Deutsche Bank referral, as first reported in The Lawyer (20 November).

Corporate partner Chris Haynes led the Herbert Smith team on the Just Retirement IPO.

Not only is the flotation AIM’s biggest financial services IPO of the year so far, but also it marks one of the most significant entries to AIM in 2006.

The offer was several times oversubscribed, at the top range of the 128p-148p indicative range. Just Retirement listed on 29 November and by 1 December, its shares closed at 198p.