Corporate Finance

What we do

“Our ability to generate successful opportunities for our clients and our specialist sector-focused approach ensures we remain at the forefront of the market during this changeable financial environment”.

Novum’s corporate finance team acts as Financial Advisers to Standard Listed companies on the London Stock Exchange and as Corporate Advisers on the Aquis Stock Exchange. The team is dedicated to building long-term relationships with its clients by providing independent corporate finance advice in managing and executing the IPO process, working with a wide range of brokers and advisers, to ensure the best possible outcome. Beyond the IPO, we advise a wide range of businesses on their ongoing regulation commitments as well as providing advice on restructurings and future mergers and acquisitions.

Services we provide:

Financial Adviser to Standard List companies
Corporate Adviser to Aquis companies
Rule 3 Adviser
M & A, including significant experience with takeovers of public companies and
the regulatory requirements of the Panel on Takeovers and Mergers
Transaction management and execution
Corporate governance and board composition advice

Our corporate finance team

David Coffman
Head of Corporate Finance

David qualified as a chartered accountant at H W Fisher & Company in 1995 where he worked with SMEs across a wide range of sectors. Upon qualification he joined the London office of Coopers & Lybrand (now PwC) where he gained exposure to large public companies and also worked on a number of significant corporate finance transactions.

David has been a small/mid cap corporate finance adviser since 1997, working with Main Market, AIM and AQSE companies as both adviser and broker on flotations, secondary fund raisings as well as providing on-going advice. He also has experience of pre-IPO funding, M&A transactions and providing Takeover Code advice. David joined Novum in January 2020 having previously been at Cairn Financial Advisers, Daniel Stewart & Co and Keith, Bayley, Rogers.

David graduated from the University of Manchester in Economics.

Richard Potts

Richard qualified as a lawyer in 1982 and practised in Company and Commercial law until 1984 when he moved into the City to specialise in Corporate Finance at Sheppards and Chase. In 1988 he joined Panmure Gordon where, for 17 years, he gained experience advising on wide range of corporate transactions for both large and small companies across many sectors. Richard moved to Lazard, when it acquired Panmure Gordon, and then to Nomura Code in 2005 where he specialised in healthcare & cleantech companies.

In 2012, Richard co-founded Access Capital Markets which specialised is finding finance for pre-IPO companies and he also has experience of acting as a NonExecutive Director for a company seeking an IPO. In 2017, Richard returned to corporate finance firstly at Daniel Stewart and then Novum Securities from 2019 where he is a specialist in small cap corporate finance.

Richard is a barrister and a fellow of the Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment.

Lucy Bowden

Lucy joined the Novum Corporate Finance team in November 2020 and has a slightly unusual route to the City with a background in veterinary medicine. With her scientific background, Lucy helps to analyse the markets for companies seeking IPO as well as preparing the documentation required for this process. Since joining Novum, Lucy has worked on AQSE Growth Market Admissions, Main Market Listings and Takeover Code Assignments.

Before moving into corporate finance, Lucy lived and worked in Australia after graduating from the University of Edinburgh with a Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine and Surgery.

George Duxberry

George is the newest member of our Corporate Finance team having joined Novum Securities in November 2021. Prior to joining novum, he completed a degree in Financial Mathematics at the University of Nottingham.