About

Ian Scott is a solicitor advising on corporate and commercial transactions, with a particular expertise in establishing, raising funds for and merging venture capital trusts in both legal adviser and sponsor roles.

Ian uses specialist sector knowledge to deliver a responsive, commercially driven and cost effective service to his clients.

Ian acts on a range of company and commercial matters for public and private companies, and entrepreneurs. This includes advising on corporate finance, private fundraisings, mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, court supervised capital reductions, general corporate and commercial transactions, and company law.

Ian has considerable experience working with venture capital trusts (VCTs) both in a legal capacity and on sponsor services through Howard Kennedy Corporate Services LLP.

As well as advising established VCTs on their fundraisings and other corporate matters, Ian also supports investment managers on the establishment of new VCTs and their initial fundraisings. He also acts for new or existing investment managers taking over the investment mandates of existing VCTs from other managers.

Ian advises on domestic and international M&A transactions, including acting for individual sellers and corporate groups on the purchase and sale of UK companies to foreign corporations (both to trade buyers and private equity backed entities).

Recent work
  • Advised numerous VCTs on fundraisings through the issue of prospectuses and top-up offer documents.
  • Advised VCTs on their mergers with other VCTs.
  • Advised on the establishment of Enterprise Investment Scheme (EIS) companies and their fundraising, including a pub companies group that went on to successfully seek an AIM listing.
  • Advised on the sale of a UK based printing group to a European based private equity fund.
  • Advised on the purchase of a UK based Intellectual Property creation company by a US corporation.
  • Advised on various shareholders' agreements and arrangements, whether for the raising of equity capital or ongoing financing of new ventures.  
  • Advised on circulars for the liquidation of fully listed VCTs and the cancellation of their share listings on the Official List and on the main market of the London Stock Exchange.
  • Provided on-going sponsor advice to VCTs and liaison with the FCA on matters relating to the Listing Rules.
  • Advised VCTs on court approved reductions of capital and share premium cancellations.
     
Did you know
One day Ian woke up and decided that he would do something interesting and physically challenging - so the next day he set off on his racing bike (with small back pack but no map) and cycled over 1,300 miles  from northern France over the Pyrenees to Malaga (but thought best to fly back!).

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