City lawyer Ian Rosenblatt is likely to see his net worth valued at more than £20million when the law firm bearing his name floats on the London Stock Exchange this week.
The firm’s clients have included embattled former AA boss Bob Mackenzie, fund manager Terry Smith, former Sun newspaper editor Kelvin MacKenzie and Nathalie Dauriac, who sued former business partner John Caudwell, the founder of Phones4U.
The company is set to raise £43million from investors including US funds giant BlackRock, valuing the business at £76million.
Stake: Ian Rosenblatt founded his law firm aged 29
Rosenblatt himself will retain a 21 per cent stake valued at £16million and is expected to cash in shares worth millions more.
The Liverpool-born lawyer, who set up his firm in 1989 aged 29, owns a North London music shop, which he says he still works in on Saturdays. He also co-founded City PR firm Redleaf with his wife Emma Kane, and has an OBE for philanthropic services to music.
Client: Nathalie Dauriac sued Phones 4U founder John Caudwell
He was a major donor to the Labour Party under Ed Miliband, but is a critic of Jeremy Corbyn.
The law firm’s chief executive is Nicky Foulston, who led motor sport business Brands Hatch when it was floated on the stock exchange in 1996.
New shareholders in Rosenblatt after the float will include Miton Asset Management, Fidelity and BlackRock, which will take stakes of 16 per cent, 7 per cent and 6 per cent respectively.
Rosenblatt worked on Richard Desmond’s recent £127million sale of his Express newspaper group to Trinity Mirror.
The firm is also working for the controversial RBoS Shareholders Action Group, which represented 7,000 small investors, but was co-founded by a fraudster.