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Technology boost for stock team.

The Stock Exchange team in the Birmingham office of law firm Pinsent Curtis is riding high after advising on the latest in a string of technology flotations.

The team has just advised on its fourth flotation in as many months, underscoring a blistering first-half year of Stock Exchange activity nationally for Pinsent Curtis.

This has included 11 flotations and a round of secondary issue work as clients have reorganised their businesses to meet the e-commerce challenge.

The latest flotation is that of Software for Sport, a company producing ticketing software systems, chiefly used by Premier League football clubs.

The company is planning to extend the availability of its systems to a broader range of sports clubs and is developing an online system. Its flotation on AIM is expected to raise pounds 9 million.

In July, Pinsent Curtis advised healthcare information systems providers, iSOFT, on its pounds 123 million flotation on the London Stock Exchange and advised Deloitte & Touche on the pounds 16 million AIM flotation of Compass Software Group.

These two floats followed on from the pounds 55 million AIM flotation of GOAL, the online pupil-assessment company.

Mr Andrew Eastgate, head of corporate for Pinsent Curtis in Birmingham, said: 'The Internet and the surge of market interest in technology companies have acted as a springboard for a major revival in Stock Exchange activity this year.

'This is in marked contrast to last year, when the market was fairly flat. Our concentration of expertise in the technology field has positioned us well to advise on a series of exciting ventures.'
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Publication:The Birmingham Post (England)
Date:Sep 1, 2000
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