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Adam Wells

Partner

London

Wells Adam
Adam Wells

Partner

London

Adam is a US qualified partner in the London office of Allen & Overy. He advises companies, investment banks and selling security holders on international offerings of equity and debt securities. He also advises clients on cross border mergers and acquisitions and ongoing compliance with U.S. securities regulation.

Adam has more than 20 years' experience advising clients in both developed and developing markets on complex and innovative multi-jurisdictional securities offerings. He has particular experience in capital market transactions in the industrial and manufacturing, energy and natural resources, TMT, retail, financial institutions and life sciences sectors.

Adam is recognised as a leading equity capital markets lawyer by a number of industry publications, including Chambers and Partners, Legal 500 and IFLR 1000. He is described as a "very strong US securities partner, always available and very focused on finding solutions." (Legal 500 UK 2020 (Equity Capital Markets)).

His recent experience includes advising on the:

  • IPOs by Moonpig, ESG Core Investments, Allegro, JDE Peets, DWF, Quilter, DP Eurasia (Domino's Pizza Turkey), Allied Irish Bank, Emaar Development, Balta, VolkerWessels, Neinor Homes, Alfen, Árima, McCarthy & Stone, CMC Markets, Ibstock, Softcat, The Gym Group, Hastings, Spire Healthcare, Emaar Malls, Refresco Gerber, Lucas Bols, NN Group, Intertrust, bpost, Poundland and Circassia;
  • Rights issues or placings and open offers by EDP, Marks & Spencer, Piraeus Bank, Hellenic Bank, Cobham, Capitec, KPN, Bank of Ireland, REN, Wereldhave and Circassia; and
  • Accelerated bookbuild offerings relating to Network International, Informa, Hiscox, The Gym Group, Vodacom, Neinor Homes, Spar, Capitec, PSG, bpost, McCarthy & Stone, Spire Healthcare and NN Insurance.

News & insights

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News: 12 MAY 2021

Allen & Overy advises Pendal Group Limited on its acquisition of TSW and associated capital raise

A multi-jurisdictional A&O team in Sydney, New York and Washington, D.C. advised Pendal Group on its agreement to acquire the Virginia-based investment manager, which will greatly expand its U.S.…

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News: 12 MAY 2021

A&O advises Virgin Active as the group’s Part 26A restructuring plans are approved by Mr Justice Snowden in landmark judgment

Mr Justice Snowden has just handed down his landmark judgment sanctioning the Virgin Active group’s three inter-conditional Part 26A restructuring plans (the "Plans").

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Publications: 29 JANUARY 2021

UK Regulation post-Brexit - Adjusting to the landscape for UK equity capital market participants

With the EU and the UK having reached a free trade agreement which sets out a framework for the substantial agreements to be put in place to govern their future relationship and the UK having left the…

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Publications: 23 JANUARY 2020

Equity capital markets: navigating the challenges of 2020

2019 was a challenging year for equity capital markets. Proceeds from IPOs fell by over 25% in the UK, and by more than 30% across Europe. A number of political and economic factors, which contributed…

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Office

London

Allen & Overy LLP
One Bishops Square
London
E1 6AD

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Qualifications

Professional

Admitted to the Bar, State of New York, 1998

Registered foreign lawyer, England and Wales, 2012

Published work

  • European IPOs.  Back on track or the end of a good run?  PLC Magazine, March 2015
  • The European IPO market: signs of life, PLC Magazine, December 2012
  • US private offerings: Solicitation and advertising on the cards, PLC Magazine, October 2012
  • Pre-marketing in the EU and the US, convergence ahead? PLC Magazine, September 2010
  • Anatomy of a deal: IPOs, Lawyer 2B, October 2007
  • Preparing a company for an IPO, PLC Cross Border Quarterly, July - September 2007