Colin Biggers & Paisley has advised Ecofibre Limited on its IPO and ASX listing, with ASX trading commencing on 29 March 2019.

Ecofibre is a vertically integrated, global company that develops hemp derived products in Australia and the United States. It produces nutraceutical products for pet and human consumption, topical creams, hemp foods including protein powders and hemp oil and is developing hemp-based textiles and composite materials in the United States.

Ecofibre offered 20 million shares at $1 pursuant to its IPO, representing an IPO-vend of 6% of the business and a market capitalisation of $310 million. This is likely to make Ecofibre one of the notable IPOs this year.

Consumption of hemp foods became legal in Australia in November 2017 and in December 2018, hemp cultivation and the use of low THC hemp varieties was made federally legal in the United States, confirming the commodity's legal status that had been subject to reform since 2014. Sales of low-THC products has been growing rapidly in recent years, in line with rising consumer demand and investor interest.

Ecofibre's listing on the ASX offered Australian investors another opportunity to invest in the growing hemp industry. Capital raised from the IPO will be used primarily to fund the commercialisation of Ecofibre's hemp materials and textiles arm, Hemp Black which expected to be a key driver for future growth.  Funds are also earmarked to expand hemp production and processing.

Colin Biggers & Paisley advised Ecofibre in relation to all aspects of its IPO and ASX listing, including due diligence, pre-listing restructuring, prospectus drafting and corporate advisory aspects. No broker, lead manager or other corporate advisor was appointed. Lead Partner, Brent van Staden, said,

"Working seamlessly with the Ecofibre management team during this project was fantastic - we set a tight timetable and met it."

There has been a strong response to the IPO, particularly from high profile investors and high net wealth individuals and wide media coverage. The offer closed over-subscribed, raising the maximum offered.

Ecofibre's CFO and Company Secretary, Jonathan Brown, observed, "It is an absolute pleasure working with the team at Colin Biggers & Paisley - they are pragmatic and dedicated and ensured that we met a tight timetable."

Colin Biggers & Paisley previously advised Affinity Education, Greencross Limited and Orocobre Limited on their successful IPOs, among many others.

The IPO legal team and due diligence was led by Partner Brent van Staden, supported by Damien Gillespie, Hamish Ratten and Joshua Waters.

For more information please contact Linda Branton on 02 8281 4594 or linda.branton@cbp.com.au.

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