Capital for Colleagues plc’s investment in Office for Public Management Limited

Fieldfisher has advised Office for Public Management Limited (OPM Group) on an investment of £300,000 in it by Capital for Colleagues plc (C4C) – an investment which will be used to develop infrastructure, as well as for working capital.

OPM Group is an independent employee-owned research and consultancy organisation. It comprises two businesses: the Office for Public Management, established in 1989 as the UK’s first employee-owned public interest company and which had been owned by an employee trust since 1994; and Dialogue by Design, a specialist consultation, planning and analysis service. C4C is an investment vehicle focused on opportunities in the employee ownership sector.

In addition to a loan, C4C subscribed for a new class of ordinary shares in OPM Group, so as to maintain ownership by the OPM Employee Share Ownership Trust (the OPM Trust) of 100% of the existing ordinary shares in OPM Group. Fieldfisher’s advice included establishing a corporate trustee for the OPM Group Trust and other measures to update OPM Group’s employee trust structure.

The Fieldfisher team comprised partners Graeme Nuttall OBE (Picture), Neil Palmer and Oliver Abel Smith, senior associate Jennifer Martin and assistant solicitors Tanja Maley and Igor Stermsek.

Involved fees earner: Graeme Nuttall – Fieldfisher; Neil Palmer – Fieldfisher; Tanja Maley – Fieldfisher; Oliver Abel Smith – Fieldfisher; Igor Stermsek – Fieldfisher; Jennifer Martin – Fieldfisher;

Law Firms: Fieldfisher;

Clients: Office for Public Management;

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