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Cathy Pitt


CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang LLP
Cannon Place
78 Cannon Street
United Kingdom
Languages English

Cathy Pitt is a partner in our Corporate department. Cathy’s practice is focussed on the investment management sector and encompasses fund structuring and fundraisings for domestic and international investment funds.  

She has a particularly strong reputation in listed funds, an area in which she has been practising for over 15 years.

As well as structuring investment products, Cathy advises investment management businesses on corporate and strategic transactions, such as M&A and joint ventures.

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Cathy is recognised in both Chambers UK and Legal 500 for her listed funds expertise and her Equity Capital Markets experience.

“incredibly bright, personable and commercial”.

Chambers, 2015

Relevant experience

  • J.P. Morgan Cazenove as bookrunner to the initial up to £100 million placing and subsequent share issuance programme of Mid Wynd International Investment Trust
  • J.P. Morgan Cazenove as sponsor and placing agent to the up to £800 million IPO of Aberforth Split Level Income Trust
  • Jefferies International as sponsor to the admission to the premium segment of the Official List of both Pershing Square Holdings and NB Private Equity
  • Numis Securities as sponsor and global co-ordinator to the share issuance programme of Funding Circle SME Income
  • Willis Towers Watson as incoming AIFM to Alliance Trust PLC
  • Wellcome Trust and Cancer Research UK on their respective participation as sellers and placees in the transformation of BACIT Limited to Syncona Limited
  • Winterflood Investment Trusts as sponsor on the IPO of Hadrian's Wall Secure Income Trust and subsequent C Share issue and share issuance programme.
  • Goldman Sachs and J.P Morgan Cazenove as sponsors and underwriters to the placing and open offer by Riverstone Energy Limited.
  • J.P. Morgan Cazenove and Jefferies as sponsors on the migration of HarbourVest Private Equity from the Specialist Funds Market to the premium segment of the main market
  • River and Mercantile UK Micro Cap Investment Company on its fundraising and proposed admission to listing on the Premium Segment of the Official List.
  • C Hoare & Co on the disposal of its wealth management business to Cazenove Capital and the disposal of its execution-only business to Canaccord Genuity Wealth Management
  • International Property Securities Exchange (IPSX) on its launch and application to FCA for recognition as a recognised investment exchange
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  • Cathy has written articles for FE Trustnet and FT Adviser.
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Lectures list

Cathy is a regular speaker on topics of interest to the investment trust sector.  Recent conferences include:

  • Guernsey Finance: A Fund Masterclass
  • Guernsey International Business Association: Seminar on Guernsey's appeal to the funds industry
  • London Stock Exchange Group New York conference on accessing  London’s equity capital markets
  • Infoline conference on legal, regulatory and accounting practices relevant to Investment Trusts
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  • 1996 - LPC, College of Law, York
  • 1995 - Law with French, LLB (Hons), University of Birmingham, Birmingham
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FCA Rules on Di­versity and In­clu­sion
On 20 April 2022, the FCA pub­lished PS22/3, set­ting out its policy state­ment and fi­nal rules on di­versity and in­clu­sion on com­pany boards and ex­ec­ut­ive man­age­ment (Policy State­ment) build­ing on the pro­pos­als...
En­quiry Let­ters from the FCA - In­vest­ig­a­tions in­to Mar­ket An­nounce­ments...
The FCA has re­spons­ib­il­ity for mon­it­or­ing the ac­cur­acy and timeli­ness of pub­lic an­nounce­ments made by pub­lic com­pan­ies with shares ad­mit­ted to list­ing or trad­ing (on the Of­fi­cial List, AIM and the Spe­cial­ist...
CMS ad­vises on Aquila European Re­new­ables Fund IPO
In­ter­na­tion­al law firm CMS has ad­vised on the suc­cess­ful ini­tial pub­lic of­fer­ing and €155m fund rais­ing for Aquila European Re­new­ables In­come Fund plc, man­aged by Aquila Cap­it­al, the al­tern­at­ive as­set...
CMS ad­vises IPSX Group on be­com­ing a Re­cog­nised In­vest­ment Ex­change
In­ter­na­tion­al law firm CMS has ad­vised IPSX Group in se­cur­ing a Re­cog­ni­tion Or­der by the FCA for the launch of the In­ter­na­tion­al Prop­erty Se­cur­it­ies Ex­change (IPSX).IPSX is the first and only reg­u­lated...
CMS ad­vise on over £1.6 bil­lion of fun­drais­ings for lis­ted funds
The lis­ted funds team at CMS has ad­vised on the launch of four fun­drais­ings for lis­ted funds tar­get­ing ag­greg­ate raises of over £1.6 bil­lion in the past 10 days.Se­quoia Eco­nom­ic In­fra­struc­ture In­come...
ECM Mar­ket Re­view June 2018
The CMS ECM Mar­ket Re­view is a sum­mary of re­cent events in some of the key sec­tors that we fo­cus on.It is now just over a year since the mer­ger which cre­ated CMS Camer­on McK­enna Nabarro Olswang and its...
Lim­ited Part­ner­ship Re­forms: "It's the end of the world as we know it and...
Bad people have been do­ing bad things with UK Lim­ited Part­ner­ships and Scot­tish Lim­ited Part­ner­ships (SLPs) in par­tic­u­lar. It’s far from clear who these bad people are (in­deed the De­part­ment for Busi­ness...
CMS ad­vises on four in­vest­ment com­pany trans­ac­tions in lead up to May
CMS has ad­vised on four in­vest­ment com­pany trans­ac­tions an­nounced at the end of April:Se­quoia Eco­nom­ic In­fra­struc­ture CMS has ad­vised in­vest­ment bank­ing firm Sti­fel on Se­quoia Eco­nom­ic In­fra­struc­ture’s...
Cathy Pitt named as work­place men­tal health role mod­el in The Sunday Times
In­ter­na­tion­al law firm CMS is pleased to an­nounce that part­ner Cathy Pitt has been re­cog­nised as a work­place men­tal health role mod­el in the in­aug­ur­al In­sideOut Lead­er­Board es­tab­lished by men­tal health...
Pre-mar­ket­ing - Pro­posed changes to AIFMD
On 12 March 2018, the European Com­mis­sion pub­lished a pro­posed dir­ect­ive and a pro­posed reg­u­la­tion amend­ing the AIFMD and UCITS IV to fa­cil­it­ate cross-bor­der mar­ket­ing of funds. Im­port­antly, these pro­pos­als...
CP17/18 and In­vest­ment Trust gov­ernance - coals to New­castle?
On 28 June 2017, the FCA pub­lished its long an­ti­cip­ated Fi­nal Re­port (the “Fi­nal Re­port”) on the As­set Man­age­ment Mar­ket Study (the “Mar­ket Study”). The Fi­nal Re­port fol­lows on from the in­ter­im...
HM­RC v In­vest­ment Trust Com­pan­ies: Sup­pli­ers be­ware over­paid VAT
The rul­ing in HM­RC v In­vest­ment Trust Com­pan­ies [2017] UK­SC 29 pub­lished last month has es­tab­lished that fi­nal cus­tom­ers have no right to claim over­paid VAT dir­ectly from HM­RC, and in­stead their rem­edy...