Farrer & Co and Canadian firm Borden Ladner Gervais have acted on a rare secondary investment in the AIM market.
Farrers corporate partner Anthony Turner acted for Brazilian gold mining and exploration company Serabi Mining on a £3.6m share subscription by Eldorado Gold Corporation.
Mining group chair Fred Pletcher led the Borden Ladner team acting for the British Columbia-based mining and exploration giant.
Turner said that, while the deal is a good sign for mid-cap AIM-listed companies and that some liquidity is returning to the market, fundraising remains problematic.
He said: “It’s still relatively difficult, unless you’ve got a good story to tell. Gold is still seen as a safe haven [for investors].”
The latest fundraising comes on the back of a £2.8m private placement by Serabi last year, on which Farrers also acted as counsel.
The firm first acted for the company on its initial AIM listing in 2005. Corporate partner Richard Lane has been Farrers’ chief client partner throughout the relationship.