EX-5.1 3 v409136_ex5-1.htm EXHIBIT 5.1

 

Exhibit 5.1

 

Mayer Brown International LLP

201 Bishopsgate

London EC2M 3AF

 

Telephone: +44 20 3130 3000

Fax: +44 20 3130 3001

www.mayerbrown.com

DX 556 London and City

 

GW Pharmaceuticals plc 1 May 2015
Sovereign House, Vision Park, Chivers Way  
Histon  
Cambridge  
CB24 9BZ  

 

Our ref: 20456/15476307

 

Dear Sirs

 

Prospectus Supplement

 

1.Background

 

We have acted for GW Pharmaceuticals plc, a public limited company incorporated under the laws of England and Wales (the "Company"), as its legal advisers in England in connection with the offering (the "Offering") by the Company of 19,200,000 new ordinary shares of £0.001 each in the Company (the "New Shares"). The New Shares are to be offered in the form of 1,600,000 American Depositary Shares ("ADSs"). Each ADS represents 12 ordinary shares of the Company. The underwriters to the Offering have the right to purchase up to an additional 240,000 ADSs, representing 2,880,000 new ordinary shares of £0.001 each in the capital of the Company (the "Further Shares").

 

This opinion is being furnished in connection with the prospectus supplement (No. 333-195747) as filed with the US Securities and Exchange Commission (the "SEC") on 30 April 2015 (the "Prospectus Supplement") pursuant to Rule 424(b)5 under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the "Securities Act"), and the rules and regulations promulgated thereunder (the "Rules").

 

The existing issued ordinary shares of the Company are admitted to trading, and application will be required to be made for the New Shares and the Further Shares to be admitted to trading, on the AIM market operated by London Stock Exchange plc ("AIM").

 

2.Examination and enquiries

 

2.1For the purpose of giving this opinion, we have examined:

 

(a)a copy of the Prospectus Supplement; and

 

This is a legal communication, not a financial communication. Neither this nor any other communication from this firm is intended to be, or should be construed as, an invitation or inducement (direct or indirect) to any person to engage in investment activity.

 

Mayer Brown International LLP is a limited liability partnership (registered in England and Wales number OC303359) which is authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority. We operate in combination with other Mayer Brown entities with offices in the United States, Europe and Asia and are associated with Tauil & Chequer Advogados, a Brazilian law partnership.

 

We use the term "partner" to refer to a member of Mayer Brown International LLP, or an employee or consultant who is a lawyer with equivalent standing and qualifications and to a partner of or lawyer with equivalent status in another Mayer Brown entity. A list of the names of members of Mayer Brown International LLP and their respective professional qualifications may be inspected at our registered office, 201 Bishopsgate, London EC2M 3AF, England or on www.mayerbrown.com.

 

 
 

 

(b)a certificate dated 1 May 2015 (the "Reference Date") signed by the company secretary (the "Officer's Certificate") relating to certain factual matters as at the Reference Date and having annexed thereto copies (certified by the company secretary as being true, complete, accurate and up-to-date in each case) of the following documents:

 

(i)the Company's certificate of incorporation, certificates of incorporation on change of name, memorandum of association and articles of association;

 

(ii)the shareholder resolutions passed at the annual general meeting of the Company on 5 February 2015 (the "Shareholder Resolutions");

 

(iii)minutes of a meeting of the board of directors of the Company held on 24 April 2015 at which it was resolved, inter alia, to proceed with the Offering and to constitute a committee of the board of directors of the Company (the "Committee"); and

 

(iv)minutes of a meeting of the board of directors of the Company held on 28 April 2015 at which it was resolved, inter alia, to approve and file the Prospectus Supplement and to allot the New Shares; and

 

(c)draft minutes of a meeting of the Committee to be held to resolve, inter alia, to allot Further Shares in the event that the underwriters to the Offering exercise their right to purchase the same (such draft resolutions together with the resolutions of the board of directors of the Company of 24 April 2015 and 28 April 2015, the "Board Resolutions", and the Board Resolutions together with the Shareholder Resolutions, the "Corporate Approvals").

 

2.2For the purpose of giving this opinion, we have:

 

(a)on 29 April 2015 made, and on 1 May 2015 updated, an online search of the register kept by the Registrar of Companies in respect of the Company (the "Company Search"); and

 

(b)made a telephone enquiry in respect of the Company of the Central Index of Winding Up Petitions on 1 May 2015 at 10.57 a.m. (the "Telephone Search", and together with the Company Search, the "Searches").

 

2.3For the purposes of giving this opinion, we have only examined and relied on those documents and made those searches and enquiries set out in paragraphs 2.1 and 2.2 respectively. We have made no further enquiries concerning the Company or any other matter in connection with the giving of this opinion.

 

2.4We have made no enquiry, and express no opinion, as to any matter of fact. As to matters of fact which are material to this opinion, we have relied entirely and without further enquiry on statements made in the documents listed in paragraph 2.1.

 

3.Assumptions

 

3.1In giving this opinion we have assumed:

 

(a)the genuineness of all signatures, seals and stamps;

 

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(b)that each of the individuals who signs as, or otherwise claims to be, an officer of the Company is the individual whom he or she claims to be and holds the office he or she claims to hold;

 

(c)the authenticity and completeness of all documents submitted to us as originals;

 

(d)the conformity with the original documents of all documents reviewed by us as drafts, specimens, pro formas or copies and the authenticity and completeness of all such original documents;

 

(e)that each of the meetings referred to in paragraphs 2.1(b)(ii), 2.1(b)(iii), 2.1(b)(iv) and 2.1(c) (Examination and enquiries) was or will be duly convened, constituted and held in accordance with all applicable laws and regulations; that in particular, but without limitation, a duly qualified quorum of directors or, as the case may be, shareholders was or will be present in each case throughout the meeting and voted or will vote in favour of the resolutions; and that, in the case of a board or committee meeting, each provision contained in the Companies Act 2006 or the articles of association of the Company relating to the declaration of directors' interests or the power of interested directors to vote and to count in the quorum was or will be duly observed;

 

(f)that in each case the documents referred to in paragraphs 2.1(b)(ii), 2.1(b)(iii), 2.1(b)(iv) and 2.1(c) (Examination and enquiries) are or will be a true record of the proceedings of the relevant meeting and that each resolution recorded in those documents has not been and will not be amended or rescinded and remains or will remain in full force and effect;

 

(g)that the directors of the Company acted and will act in accordance with ss171 to 174 Companies Act 2006 in approving the resolutions recorded in the minutes referred to in paragraphs 2.1(b)(iii), 2.1(b)(iv) and 2.1(c) (Examination and enquiries); and that all actions to be carried out by the Company pursuant to the Corporate Approvals are or will be in its commercial interests;

 

(h)that no agreement, document or obligation to or by which the Company (or its assets) is a party or bound and no injunction or other court order against or affecting the Company would be breached or infringed by the matters contemplated by the performance of the actions to be carried out pursuant to, or any other aspect of, the Corporate Approvals;

 

(i)that the information disclosed by the Searches is true, accurate, complete and up-to-date and that there is no information which, for any reason, should have been disclosed by those Searches but was not so disclosed;

 

(j)that as at each date on which the Company allots or issues New Shares or Further Shares the documents examined, and the results of the searches and enquiries made, as set out in paragraph 2 (Examination and enquiries) would not be rendered untrue, inaccurate, incomplete or out-of-date by reference to subsequent facts, matters, circumstances or events;

 

(k)that the Company is and will at all relevant times remain in compliance with all applicable anti-corruption, anti-money laundering, anti-terrorism, sanctions and human rights laws and regulations;

 

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(l)that all consents, licences, approvals, authorisations, notices, filings and registrations that are necessary under any applicable laws or regulations in order to permit the performance of the actions to be carried out pursuant to the Corporate Approvals have been or will be duly made or obtained and are, or will be, in full force and effect;

 

(m)that there are no provisions of the laws of any jurisdiction outside England and Wales that would have any implication for the opinions we express and that, insofar as the laws of any jurisdiction outside England and Wales may be relevant to this opinion letter, such laws have been and will be complied with; and

 

(n)that all New Shares and Further Shares will be issued and allotted pursuant to the authority and power granted to the directors of the Company under the Shareholder Resolutions and that that authority and power have not been and will not be previously utilised otherwise by the allotment of shares or by the grant of rights to subscribe for or convert any security into shares of the Company.

 

3.2In relation to paragraph 3.1(i), it should be noted that this information may not be true, accurate, complete or up-to-date. In particular, but without limitation:

 

(a)there may be matters which should have been registered but which have not been registered or there may be a delay between the registration of those matters and the relevant entries appearing on the register of the relevant party;

 

(b)there is no requirement to register with the Registrar of Companies notice of a petition for the winding-up of, or application for an administration order in respect of, a company. Such a notice or notice of a winding-up or administration order having been made, a resolution having been passed for the winding-up of a company or a receiver, manager, administrative receiver, administrator or liquidator having been appointed may not be filed with the Registrar of Companies immediately and there may be a delay in any notice appearing on the register of the relevant party;

 

(c)the results of the Telephone Search relate only to petitions for the compulsory winding up of, or applications for an administration order in respect of, the Company presented prior to the enquiry and entered on the records of the Central Index of Winding Up Petitions. The presentation of such a petition, or the making of such an application, may not have been notified to the Central Index or entered on its records immediately or, if presented to a County Court or Chancery District Registry, at all; and

 

(d)in each case, further information might have become available on the relevant register after the Searches were made.

 

4.Opinion

 

4.1On the basis of the examination and enquiries referred to in paragraph 2 (Examination and enquiries) and the assumptions made in paragraph 3 (Assumptions), we are of the opinion that the New Shares and the Further Shares will, when the names of the holders of such New Shares and Further Shares respectively are entered into the register of members of the Company and subject to the receipt by the Company of the aggregate issue price in respect of all the New Shares and the Further Shares respectively, be validly issued, fully paid and no further amount may be called thereon.

 

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4.2This opinion is strictly limited to the matters expressly stated in this paragraph 4 and is not to be construed as extending by implication to any other matter.

 

5.Law

 

5.1This opinion and any non-contractual obligations arising out of or in connection with this opinion shall be governed by, and construed in accordance with, English law.

 

5.2This opinion relates only to English law (being for these purposes, except to the extent we make specific reference to an English law "conflict of law" (private international law) rule or principle, English domestic law on the assumption that English domestic law applies to all relevant issues) as applied by the English courts as at today's date, including the laws of the European Union to the extent having the force of law in England.

 

5.3We do not undertake or accept any obligation to update this opinion to reflect subsequent changes in English law or factual matters.

 

5.4We express no opinion as to, and we have not investigated for the purposes of this opinion, the laws of any jurisdiction other than England. It is assumed that no foreign law which may apply to the matters contemplated by the Registration Statement, the Offering, the Company, any document or any other matter contemplated by any document would or might affect this opinion.

 

We hereby consent to the filing of this opinion as an exhibit to the Prospectus Supplement. In giving such consent, we do not admit that we are in the category of persons whose consent is required under section 7 of the Securities Act or the Rules.

 

Yours faithfully

 

/s/ Mayer Brown International LLP

 

Mayer Brown International LLP

 

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