About Me

As a partner in our International Corporate Group based in London, I head up the International Capital Markets Practice across the firm.

I coordinate the capital markets practice worldwide and facilitate teams in the various offices where we have capital markets lawyers, to work closely together, share know how and look out for opportunities for each other and clients.

My own securities practice involves acting for institutions and issuers in respect of listings in London and elsewhere. I have extensive experience advising clients in a variety of sectors, with a particular emphasis on energy and utilities and technology and communications.

Clients come to me for my broad experience and significant track record in advising both corporates and investment banks on equity capital markets transactions in London and internationally. In having a balance of corporate and advisory clients, I can add significant value in having experience of a wide variety of transactions and in understanding which are the material issues from all angles. This means I can provide my clients with pragmatic, commercial and focussed advice.

I was admitted to practice as a solicitor in England and Wales in 1994 and during my 25 year career as a corporate lawyer, I have also experienced life as a regulator, as I spent two years as an adviser in the equity markets group of the London Stock Exchange (now known as the UK Listing Authority), where I gained valuable exposure and experience.

I have particular experience in advising on dual listings between London and the Toronto and Australian Stock Exchanges. In addition to my expertise in equity capital markets, I work on private financings and mergers & acquisitions. I also advise entrepreneurs, family offices and high net worth individuals on corporate transactions in a variety of jurisdictions.

Between 2009 and 2013 I was head of Middle East at my previous firm and was a resident in the Kingdom of Bahrain. I built the office in Bahrain up to become the largest international law firm office in the country, with clients ranging from leading families to state institutions. My largest client win was the Central Bank of Bahrain, which appointed us as Administrator of Awal Bank, which has become the largest administration in the Middle East. The original $5bn portfolio of assets is being fought over in the courts throughout the world. I maintain a practice in the Gulf and work closely with my colleagues in Bird & Bird's Abu Dhabi and Dubai offices and I travel to the region regularly.

Today, I'm recognised as a leading lawyer by Chambers and Partners, Legal 500 and by Spear's, Europe's foremost wealth management publication.
  • Alpha FX plc: advising Alpha, the leading foreign exchange consultant on its IPO on Aim, to raise a total of £30m. Alpha won IPO of the year in 2017 and we have since acted for Alpha on its £20m fundraising in 2018.
  • Asiamet Resources Limited: advising Aim listed Asiamet on two fundraisings in 2018. Asiamet has a world class copper project in Indonesia.
  • Canaccord Genuity Limited: advising on the joint listing of ASX listed Kore Potash on AIM and on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange. This was the first simultaneous listing on AIM and the JSX.
  • Canaccord Genuity Limited: advising on the Aim listing of TransGlobe Energy Corporation. TransGlobe was already listed on the TSX and Nasdaq, with a market cap on admission of $200m.
  • Liberum Capital Limited: advising, as sole bookrunner, on a secondary fundraising for AIM listed Gresham House plc, raising gross proceeds of £15 million. Part of the proceeds of the placing were used to acquire FIM Services Limited, one of the UK's biggest forestry managers, for an aggregate consideration of £25m.
  • Liberum Capital Limited: advising the broker and nomad, on the £12m AIM fundraising and acquisition for Hornby PLC (the model train and toy group). £10m of the fundraising was by way of placing and £2m by way of open offer underwritten by the places.
  • Harvest Minerals Limited: advising ASX listed Harvest on its joint listing on AIM. Harvest has a major fertiliser project in Brazil. I have advised on all its subsequent fundraisings to date.
  • Grant Thornton UK LLP, Cantor Fitzgerald Europe and Mirabaud Securities: advising the joint bookrunners and corporate brokers, on a placing and subscription of shares in Duke Royalty Limited, a diversified royalty finance company and its re-admission to AIM. This is the first ever listing of a diversified royalty finance business in the UK.


  • Nottingham Law School
  • University of Warwick, History


  • The Law Society of England & Wales in 1994
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'Clive Hopewell is first class in every respect.'

Legal 500 UK, 2024

Clients note 'a very good lawyer' who is 'commercially astute and pragmatic.' He is adept at assisting clients with IPOs, secondary fund-raisings and other AIM transactions. 'Clive Hopewell is one of the go-to lawyers in the natural resources sector.'

Chambers & Partners UK, 2020

'Clive Hopewell is an excellent lead partner in all transactions thanks to his good sector knowledge and strong commercial acumen.'

Legal 500 UK, Oil & Gas, 2020

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