Global law firm Norton Rose Fulbright has advised Credit Suisse, Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley as joint global co-ordinators and joint bookrunners on the initial public offering of Landscape Acquisition Holdings Limited (Landscape), a special purpose acquisition company (of SPAC) that intends to focus on acquiring a business likely with a real estate component and all or a substantial part of its activities in North America or Europe. The Company raised $500 million in gross proceeds in the offering and following admission its ordinary shares and warrants will trade on the London Stock Exchange’s main market. Landscape is a British Virgin Islands company founded by entities affiliated with Noam Gottesman and Michael Fascitelli.
The Norton Rose Fulbright team was led by partners Fiona Millington (Corporate, M&A and Securities) and Tom Vita (US Securities), assisted by Kevin Connolly, Christopher McCarthy, Alex Green, Kayla Kirk and Alex Simpson. They were assisted from New York by Bill Cavanagh and Kevin Prokup; with international securities law advice being provided by Pierre Dagennais and Bruce Sheiner in Toronto; by Roberto Cristofolini and Aurelie Pelisson in Paris; by Salvatore Iannitti, Roberto Pulicati and Pietro Altomani in Milan; and Adjou Ait Ben Idir, Hiba Al Shriedeh and Matthew Bambury in Dubai.
Tom Vita, the Norton Rose Fulbright head of US corporate finance team in London, commented: “With the level of interest in “blank check” companies in the US this year as well as this offering coming not long after we advised on the first listing of a SPAC in France ‒ that of the media-focused Mediawan SA ‒ there clearly appears to be continuing investor interest in special purpose acquisition companies and other forms of sponsored investment vehicles on both sides of the Atlantic.”
Norton Rose Fulbright corporate, securities & M&A partner Fiona Millington added: “We are delighted to have had the opportunity to advise Credit Suisse, Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley in connection with this significant transaction in what is proving to be a more challenging ECM market in London as the year comes to a close.”
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