Corporate Breakfast Briefing: IPO Research — Making the Connection

Firm Event | February.08.2018 | 8:30am - 10:00am (GMT Standard Time)

Orrick London

On 1 July 2018, the new Conduct of Business Sourcebook (COBS) Rules, forming part of the FCA Handbook, will come into force. These rules provide that before any connected research is published in relation to an IPO on a regulated market:

  • an issuer must publish an approved prospectus or registration document, and
  • unconnected analysts must be provided with access to the issuer’s management.

In addition, new guidance clarifies the FCA’s expectations in relation to connected analysts’ participation in pitches for potential IPOs. Please join Orrick’s team of financial regulatory and UK and US capital markets lawyers at our breakfast briefing, when we will discuss the likely implications of these amendments to the timetable for IPOs, the structure of prospectuses and registration documents, potential regulatory arbitrage between markets, management’s interaction with analysts, and the manner in which corporate finance providers pitch for business.

Please RSVP by Thursday, 25th January 2018.



  • Finance Sector
  • Parità mercati finanziari
  • Fusioni e acquisizioni
  • Gruppo società nel campo della tecnologia
  • Hotel, resort e tempo libero
  • Energia

Katie Cotton Partner


Katie advises corporates, investors and investment banks on a range of corporate transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, equity financings on the public markets, joint ventures and strategic investments.

She has particular focus on the international technology sector and regularly advises founders and corporates on ‘exits’ by way of sales to trade or private equity purchasers or offerings on the public markets. She has experience of acting on sales to many of the largest global technology companies. Recent transactions include advising on its sale to Nestlé; advising DogBuddy on its sale to Rover; advising Stratto on its sale to Digital Colony; advising Cerillion PLC on its initial public offering on AIM; and advising creditshelf on its initial public offering on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange.

Katie also has significant experience in the energy and infrastructure sector, recently including advising CDC Group on its $380m public offer for Copperbelt Energy Corporation; advising Bioenergy Infrastructure Group on its investments in UK waste-to-energy plants; and advising InfraCapital on its purchase of WightFibre.