Sean Page

Sean Page


Partner

 

Overview

Sean Page is a Corporate Partner in the London office of Locke Lord LLP undertaking a wide range of corporate transactions including public and private M&A, and equity capital markets transactions, often with a cross-border element. Sean’s practice is focused on the retail and financial services sectors where he advised clients on M&A, investment and general corporate matters. He also has significant experience of advising Chinese clients acquiring, investing or raising finance in the UK and Europe.

Sean has been listed as a recommended lawyer in The Legal 500 for his experience in the Corporate and Commercial chapters for M&A work as well as for Equity Capital Markets work.

Representative Experience

Financial Services

  • Close Brothers Group plc on a number of transactions, including its acquisition of Capital Lease Solutions and disposal of Close Brothers Retail Finance to Klarna Bank
  • Hargreave Hale Limited on its auction sale to Canaccord Genuity by way of a private scheme of arrangement for an aggregate consideration of up to £79.5 million
  • Grant Thornton UK LLP on a number of transactions, most recently on the disposal of various parts of its audit and tax advisory practice
  • Deloitte LLP on a number of transactions, most recently on its acquisition of the business and assets of Kaisen Consulting Limited
  • Kempen Capital Management (a subsidiary of Van Lanschot) on the UK aspects of its acquisition of the UK fiduciary management activities of Dutch pensions and investment manager, MN Services
  • Global Risk Partners on its acquisition of Towergate Commercial Property Underwriting and investment by Penta Capital

Retail

  • illycafe SpA on the acquisition of its UK distribution business from EFB Group Limited
  • Hargreave Hale AIM VCT in relation to its investments in My First Years, Honest Brew and Gousto
  • Airportr on general corporate matters and fundraisings

Quoted Companies and ECM

  • Thalassa Holdings on its unrecommended takeover offer for the Local Shopping REIT Plc
  • Thalassa Holdings on its move from AIM to the Main Market
  • Honye Financial Services Ltd on its Main Market IPO
  • Thalassa Holdings on the disposal of its seismic survey business to Fairfield Nodal for approximately $30 million
  • Adamas Finance Asia on the restructuring of various investments in its portfolio
  • Golden Rock Global on its Main Market IPO and fundraising
  • Thalassa Holdings on its stake building in the Local Shopping REIT Plc and general meeting requisition
  • Capital Management Investment plc on the cancellation of its admission to AIM and associated corporate reorganisation
  • The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills on its £55 million placing of shares in Greencoat UK Wind plc by way of an accelerated book build
  • Zoltav Resources Inc on its £105 million acquisition via a reverse takeover of Royal Atlantic Energy (Cyprus) Limited and £38.5 million related fundraising and readmission to AIM
  • Zoltav Resources on its readmission to AIM and acquisition of Cengeo Holdings Limited
  • WH Ireland on the pre-IPO convertible loan note fundraising of Bison Energy Services Limited
  • Strand Hanson as sponsor on the main market IPO of Renaissance Russia Infrastructure Equities Limited with a market capitalisation of approximately £89 million

China

Sean is experienced in advising clients in China on a range of equity capital markets, M&A, joint venture and licensing transactions. He has advised a number of privately owned domestic Chinese businesses on their IPO and fundraising in London. He has also advised UK-based clients investing in healthcare in China, licensing technology and IP rights into China.

Recent work for Chinese clients includes advising:

  • On the acquisition and subsequent refinancing of a £100 million office block in the City of London for a Hong Kong family office
  • Landing International Holdings Limited in relation to its £137 million acquisition of Les Ambassadeurs Casino
  • On various aspects of C.banner International Holdings Limited’s acquisition of Hamleys toy shops
  • On a number of AIM IPOs of Chinese businesses, most recently Grand Group Investment PLC on its £27 million AIM IPO
  • China Nonferrous Gold Limited on its proposed de-listing from AIM
  • Bozun Investment Company’s acquisition of the assets and technology of Dosco Overseas Engineering
  • China Private Equity on its acquisition via a reverse takeover of a portfolio of four investments in domestic PRC businesses and associated fundraising
  • Nominated adviser, WH Ireland, on the £8.3 million admission to AIM of Asia Ceramics Holdings PLC
  • A consortium led by CITIC Construction Co., Ltd on its proposed US$185 million investment into Oxus Gold PLC
  • A consortium of UK-based investors on its investment in a Wuhan property and care homes business
  • Xinjiang HuaHong Mining on a convertible bond fundraising of RMB200 million and proposed London Stock Exchange Main Market IPO
  • A Shanghai-based VC on commercial arrangements to exploit 2G ethanol technology with CNOOC and COFCO

Professional History

  • Partner, Locke Lord (UK) LLP
  • Partner, Pinsent Masons LLP (2007-2016)
  • Solicitor, Pinsent Masons LLP (1999-2007)
  • Admitted as a Solicitor in England and Wales (1999)

Professional Affiliations and Recognitions

  • Recognised in the areas of Corporate and Commercial – Equity Capital Markets: Small-Mid Cap and Corporate and Commercial – M&A: Smaller Deals (up to £50M) by The Legal 500 (2020)