Bird & Bird acts on reverse takeover



International law firm Bird & Bird has been advising AIM listed cash shell and California based, West 175 Media Inc, on a reverse merger with Hightex International and SolarNext to create a new holding company, Hightex Group Plc.

Bird & Bird’s corporate team advised on the transaction, which was effected through a US style merger. The firm was instructed by Charles Sebag-Montefiore, a director of West 175 and long standing client of corporate partner, Simon Allport. Simon led the Bird & Bird team assisted by David Lowe, Jo Bletcher and Ruth Wilson. On completion of the merger, the enlarged Hightex was admitted to trading on AIM with a market capitalisation of approximately £12million.

Stoel Rives in Seattle advised West 175 on the US aspects of the deal. Hightex was advised by Withers.

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