SPARK is recruiting at Analyst through Senior Associate” level – prior experience essential

SPARK Advisory Partners is actively recruiting at Analyst through to Senior Associate level in its London office due to exceptional growth. We are inviting applications from individuals with between two and six years’ experience of working in the corporate finance advisory function of a firm with Nominated Adviser and/or Sponsor status. The individual should be familiar with, and have direct practical experience of advising clients regarding, the AIM Rules for Companies, the City Code on Takeovers and Mergers and, if possible, the FCA Listing Rules, Prospectus Regulation Rules and the DTRs. Experience in M&A, financial modelling and valuation would be an advantage.

SPARK is an owner managed firm which acts as an independent corporate finance specialist, offering a full suite of advisory services to private and public companies across the capital (debt and equity) spectrum. SPARK has Nominated Adviser status, is an FCA authorised Sponsor for advising Main Market companies and is a Corporate Adviser for AQSE.

If you are, or know of, such a person please get in touch with a CV. Confidentiality assured. SPARK is an equal opportunity employer.

No agencies please.

SPARK has acted as Financial and Nominated Adviser to MyHealthChecked plc in respect of its Placing and Subscription

SPARK Advisory Partners Limited (“SPARK”) is pleased to announce it has acted as Financial and Nominated Adviser to MyHealthChecked plc (“MHC”) in respect of its Placing and Subscription for £3.4m of new ordinary shares.
MHC is seeking to become the UK’s leading business-to-consumer testing business addressing the high growth structural shift from consumers to use affordable tests delivered to their home, and with a digitally delivered outcome and actionable advice.

The primary use of the proceeds will be to invest in developing and extending the MyHealthChecked portfolio through new product development, and to strengthen and develop the marketing effort, appoint core marketing personnel, and to continue to refine the direct-to-consumer activities, through retail launch and targeting strategic commercial contracts to exploit the MyHealthChecked portfolio.

SPARK acts as Sponsor to Draper Esprit VCT plc

SPARK Advisory Partners Limited (“SPARK”) is pleased to announce it has acted as Sponsor to Draper Esprit VCT Plc (“DEVC”) in respect of its Offer for Subscription of £5m of new ordinary shares (with up to a further £15m over-allotment facility).

If the offer is taken up in full (including the over-allotment facility), once invested, DEVC will have over £75 million of net assets of which over £60 million will be allocated predominantly to technology investments, driven by Draper Esprit, one of the UK’s leading technology investment managers.

SPARK acts as financial adviser to Two Shields Investments plc on reverse takeover of BrandShield Limited

SPARK Advisory Partners Limited (“SPARK”) is pleased to announce it acted as Financial Adviser and Nominated Adviser to Two Shields Investments plc in respect of its successful all-share reverse takeover of BrandShield Limited. This valued BrandShield at £13.1 million and was accompanied by a £3.2 million placing. The enlarged Group has been renamed BrandShield Systems plc.

BrandShield provides digital brand protection and online threat hunting services. BrandShield’s software products are intended to protect customers from phishing, fraud, brand impersonation or the sale of counterfeit goods.

SPARK acts as Sponsor to Seneca Growth Capital VCT Plc

SPARK Advisory Partners Limited (“SPARK”) is pleased to announce it has acted as Sponsor to Seneca Growth Capital VCT Plc (“SVCT”) in respect of its Offer for Subscription of £10m of B Shares (with up to a further £10m over-allotment facility).

This offer follows the success of SVCT’s B Share offer launched in 2018 (which included the appointment of Seneca Partners Limited as investment manager and under which SVCT raised £5.5m.

SPARK acts as Sponsor to Downing ONE VCT plc

SPARK Advisory Partners Limited (“SPARK”) is pleased to announce it has acted as Sponsor to Downing ONE VCT plc in respect of its proposed Offer for Subscription of £15m (with up to a further £25m over-allotment facility).

Downing ONE VCT is a well-established venture capital trust (VCT), created by the merger of six VCTs managed by Downing in November 2013, and is one of the larger VCTs in existence with net assets of in excess of £90 million and an existing portfolio of approximately 90 investments.

SPARK acts as Financial Adviser to Integumen plc (to be renamed Deepverge plc) in respect of its recommended all share offer for Modern Water plc

SPARK Advisory Partners Limited (“SPARK”) is pleased to announce it is acting as Financial Adviser to Integumen plc in respect of its proposed all share Offer to acquire the whole of the issued share capital of Modern Water plc (“MW”). This values Modern Water at £21.25 million.
The Rule 2.7 announcement (under the City Code on Takeovers and Mergers) was made on 28 August 2020.

Integumen is a vertically integrated business, collaborating its Labskin technology platform with partners in artificial intelligence, clinical research, medical device and life science. These collaborators are building their own technology on top of the Labskin AI backbone. Labskin allows skin-care, health-care, pharmaceutical manufacturers and cosmetic companies to test their products on human-like skin in a real-world environment with full access to multiple state-of-the-art partner technologies.

SPARK appointed Financial and Nominated Adviser to Equatorial Palm Oil plc

SPARK Advisory Partners Limited (“SPARK”) is pleased to announce it has been appointed as financial and nominated adviser to Equatorial Palm Oil plc.

Equatorial Palm Oil plc is an AIM listed company. Following disposal of its Liberian Palm Oil assets in June, EPO is an “AIM Rule 15 cash shell” and, as such, is required to make an acquisition or acquisitions which constitutes a reverse takeover under AIM Rule 14 (including seeking re-admission under the AIM Rules for Companies) by 11 December 2020.

SPARK appointed as Nominated Adviser to Redx Pharma plc

SPARK Advisory Partners Limited (“SPARK”) is pleased to announce it has been appointed as nominated adviser to AIM quoted Redx Pharma plc.

Redx Pharma Plc (AIM ticker: REDX) engages in drug discovery, pre-clinical development, and licensing activities in the United Kingdom.

SPARK acts as Sponsor to Cathay International Holdings Limited

SPARK Advisory Partners Limited (“SPARK”) is pleased to announce it has acted as Sponsor to Cathay International Holdings Limited in respect of its proposed USD130m equity fundraising, comprising an Open Offer to existing shareholders and a Subscription to new investors, Class 1 Disposal of shares in Zhejiang Starry Pharmaceuticals and transfer of listing category. The proceeds of the Fundraising and the Disposal will be used to reduce borrowings to invest in Cathay’s pharmaceutical, healthcare, cosmeceutical and hotel businesses.

Cathay’s shares are admitted to premium segment the Official List of the FCA and traded on the Main Market of the London Stock Exchange. Cathay is headquartered in Hong Kong, with the majority of its operations in mainland China.