Carey Olsen has been involved in a pioneering deal to move an international industrial services business from AIM to the London Stock Exchange main market.

Cape plc is a global leader in the provision of essential, non-mechanical services to the energy and mineral resources sectors. It is believed to be the first company to simultaneously move up from AIM to the LSE main market and propose a comprehensive corporate restructure offshore. Cape plc has chosen Jersey as the jurisdiction of incorporation of its new parent company, the shares of which will be listed on LSE’s main market.

Cape listed on AIM in 2003 with a group turnover at the time of £231.9 million. By 2010 its turnover had increased to over £650 million.

Carey Olsen partner, Mike Jeffrey, said Cape had decided its shareholders would be best served by establishing an international holding company which was Jersey incorporated and UK-listed with tax residence in Singapore and Jersey.

“Carey Olsen has a strong track record for advising clients on main market listings and setting up and incorporating international holding companies through Jersey,” he said. “We are really pleased that Cape plc chose Jersey, this reconfirms the jurisdiction’s stature in the market.”

The Carey Olsen team was led by Mike Jeffrey, partner and assisted by James Willmott, Associate and Cherry Lau, Legal Assistant, with partner Robert MacRae, assisted by Andreas Kistler, Senior Associate, and Judy Marais, Legal Assistant, advising on the proposed reduction of capital to take place after the new Jersey company is listed on the main market.

Lawrence Graham acted as lead lawyers to Cape plc.