Martin Kay Partner

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Contact Details

Martin heads the Corporate team in London and advises corporate clients and not-for-profit and public bodies, including universities, on a range of corporate and commercial issues. 

Main areas of practice

With extensive experience in private and public companies, Martin advises on capital re-structuring, equity fund raises, mergers and acquisitions including by general offer, MBOs, MBIs, IPOs including by reverse takeover, on AIM and delisting.


His clients include Forbidden Technologies plc, International Greetings plc, Quindell Portfolio Plc, Tantalus Rare Earths AG, Telecom Italia SpA, The Royal British Legion and the University of Reading.

Significant experience

Martin's past and recent experience includes advising:

  • Forbidden Technologies plc on its IPO on AIM and subsequent equity fund raises, including 2013 placing and open offer and corporate affairs
  • Avid Holdings plc and Business Control Solutions plc on their reverse takeovers on AIM, acquisition portfolio and subsequent de-listing from AIM
  • Quindell Portfolio Plc following its AIM IPO (by reverse takeover) in March 2011 and subsequent investments, acquisitions, including acquisition of Mobile Doctors Group plc and Ai Claims Solutions Plc by general offer under the Takeover Code, and equity fund raising
  • Tantalus Rare Earths AG, a company quoted on the OTC Market (Primärmarkt) of the Düsseldorf Stock Exchange, as English law advisers on post IPO re-structuring and equity fund raises
  • Numerous private equity transactions, acting for (variously) investors, target companies, management and debt providers
  • In relation to a range of spin-out companies of the Universities of Oxford (Isis Innovation), Reading, Surrey and Imperial College, London, acting variously for the university, the spin-out company and/or its investors

Other expertise

Education: Martin is a member of the Education group. He advises universities and other higher education institutions on a range of corporate and commercial issues with a particular emphasis on:

  • IP commercialisation and commercial contracts generally
  • University spin-outs: formation; first and subsequent funding rounds; exit (trade sale and flotation)
  • Long-term commercial strategic partnerships: establishment and termination
  • Corporate and HEI collaborations and formation of collaborative vehicles

“A very capable lawyer with an engaging personality.”

Chambers UK A Client's Guide to the Legal Profession 2013

“Martin also heads the Firm's Higher Education sector group with first tier ranking in the south east”

The Legal 500 UK 2012


Articles by Martin

Brexit and technology transfer: The view from Blake Morgan


Now that the dust is settling on the UK's decision to leave the EU, our clients are asking what this means for them. Technology transfer will be affected by Brexit as the legal regime underpinning the protection and..

People with Significant Control


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Blake Lapthorn advises on ATG Media's partial secondary buy-out


Blake Lapthorn, now Blake Morgan following the merger with Morgan Cole on the 1st July, has advised on a sizeable partial secondary buyout for longstanding technology client, ATG Media.

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