First Sentinel will be with you every step of the way.

We know the transition from small private business to publicly listed company can feel daunting. Our full-service offering comprises all necessary legal and financial expertise to take you from application to admission, and beyond.

And whether public or private, if you’re entering a merger or acquisition situation we can not only advise on valuations, strategy and shareholder negotiations, we may even be able to help finance the transaction.


A merchant bank for the modern era, First Sentinel can handle a wide spectrum of IPO needs in-house. And with our large network of high-net-worth individuals and family offices, we also work to pair like-minded investors with appropriate corporate clients, in order to give your listing every chance of success.

• Analysis and research
• Valuations
• Admission and prospectus documentation
• Regulatory oversight
• Project management
• Structuring
• Funding


First Sentinel advises public and private businesses on valuation, strategy and negotiation with prospective shareholders during mergers and acquisitions.

• Significant knowledge of UK Takeover Panel policy
• Experienced research and analytics team
• Where appropriate, finance for transactions can be secured via equity or debt funding

Corporate Advisor

Corporate Advisors play a key role in preparing applications and assessing the suitability of companies for admission to the UK markets. We also provide ongoing advice once companies have successfully gone public, helping directors navigate this exciting new terrain.

First Sentinel acts as Corporate Advisor for the following markets:

London Stock Exchange Standard List

An LSE Standard Listing covers issuance of shares, Global Depositary Receipts (GDRs), debt and securitised derivatives required to comply with EU minimum requirements. It enables companies to access a large pool of European capital, raise their profile and improve liquidity.

AQSE Growth Market

The AQSE Growth Market is for earlier stage entrepreneurial companies, covering the issuance of shares and debt. All companies wishing to apply to AQSE must first appoint an AQSE Exchange Corporate Adviser, whose role is to determine their suitability and manage the application process. Following admission, the Corporate Adviser must be retained to help companies comply with the AQSE Exchange’s Continuing Obligations.