Blackthorn Focus is a publications and events organisation dedicated to Europe's financial markets.

David O'Hara writes for May aimzine

David O'Hara, Founder of Blackthorn Focus, features again as a contributor to aimZine, the online magazine for the AIM community.

"For many companies, an AIM listing is just one of the options. In this months article I interviewed two company bosses, one that has taken his company back to the Alternative Investment Market from the Official List and a second who took his company private."

aimZine continues to progress as one of the market's leading smallcap publications. We look forward to working with the editorial team at aimZine in the future.

David O'Hara writes for April aimzine

aimZine today publishes The Non-Executive Director, an article on their role and effectiveness by David O'Hara, Founder of Blackthorn Focus.

"I am delighted to contribute again to aimZine" said Mr O'Hara. "The role of non-executive directors in smaller quoted companies is a vital one and deserves close examination. The experience of launching NEDucation 2010 has taught me many things about the way this role is perceived by companies and the investor community."

David O'Hara speaks at cityzone directorFORUM event

David O'Hara, Founder of Blackthorn Focus, was Guest Speaker at the cityzone directorFORUM event at Cass Business School.

David's presentation focused on smallcap corporate governance issues and the forthcoming NEDucation 2010.

"Following the financial crisis, I expect the role of non-executive directors with listed companies will come under greater scrutiny. My research on non-executives in the FTSE350 has uncovered some disturbing results. Change is coming to this area of corporate governance and if it is not driven by regulation, shareholders will have to rise to the challenge."

Ronan Bryan, CEO of cityzone added "David O’Hara is not afraid to provoke dialogue about the small cap marketplace. As guest speaker, his energy, insight and fresh ideas helped to galvanise the debate. His NEDucation initiative is much-needed and we wish Blackthorn Focus every success in helping to improve boardroom practice.”

David O'Hara's presentation from the event can be downloaded here.

Motley Fool publishes Smallcap podcast

Blackthorn Focus is pleased to note leading personal investing website The Motley Fool has published their podcast on smallcap investing with David O'Hara, Founder of Blackthorn Focus and Gavin Oldham, CEO at The Share Centre.

The podcast features discussion on smallcap investing between The Motley Fool's spokesman David Kuo, David O'Hara and Gavin Oldham.

"I am delighted at the publication of this podcast" said Mr O'Hara. "The Motley Fool is the best personal investing website in the UK and Gavin Oldham's The Share Centre a leading player in retail stockbroking. There are some brilliant smallcap companies in the UK and astute investments made there can bring great rewards."

The Motley Fool's Money Talk is one of the most popular business podcasts in the UK. 'The Beauty of Smallcaps' can be downloaded here.

David O'Hara writes for March aimZine

Today aimZine,the online magazine for the AIM community, published an article by David O'Hara, Founder of Blackthorn Focus.

"I have been examining the regulations AIM-listed companies and individuals must abide by when large shareholdings have been accumulated" said Mr O'Hara.

"There are some gaps here, particularly when notifiable holdings are accumulated by private investors, rather than institutions. The rules here on AIM are different to the main market and there are frequent instances of announcements being made, where important detail is being withheld from the market."

Financial Times publishes podcast with David O'Hara

This morning, the UK's leading financial newspaper the Financial Times publishes a podcast interview with David O'Hara, Founder of Blackthorn Focus.

The twenty minute discussion between David O'Hara and FT journalist David Stevenson examined the story behind AIM delistings and what investors can learn from them.

"I am delighted the FT has published my recent podcast with David Stevenson" said Mr O'Hara. "This follows considerable research by Blackthorn Focus, we believe this is the most comprehensive study of AIM delistings yet published."

Blackthorn Focus looks forward to continuing research efforts in the UK smallcap market. You may listen to the podcast here:

David O'Hara joins Financial Times podcast

David O'Hara, Founder of Blackthorn Focus, today joined Financial Times journalist David Stevenson in a podcast on companies coming to and going from London's Alternative Investment Market.

"David Stevenson is one of the UK's leading investment writers" said Mr O'Hara. "Through his regular Adventurous Investor column and elsewhere David Stevenson brings a wealth of investment ideas to the FT's readers. It was a pleasure to collaborate with him on this podcast. I look forward to working again with David again in the future."

David O'Hara writes for February aimZine

February's aimZine features an article Why Did You Leave Us?, by David O'Hara, Founder of Blackthorn Focus.

During the course of 2009, Blackthorn Focus followed the reasons behind companies delisting from AIM, London's junior market.

"This is the first comprehensive review of AIM delistings that has been made available" said Mr O'Hara. "Other treatments in the financial press have typically concentrated on one or two cases. Before making any conclusions on the company experience of being listed on AIM you must examine all the data. With nearly 300 companies departing in 2009 that is a considerable undertaking."

Blackthorn Focus is delighted to put this examination into the public domain. If you have any questions about this study, contact us.

David O'Hara joins Motley Fool podcast

David O'Hara, Founder of Blackthorn Focus, today joined Gavin Oldham, CEO of thesharecentre in a Motley Fool podcast on smallcap investing.

After the recording, Mr O'Hara commented:

"I was delighted to put together this podcast with Gavin Oldham and David Kuo. As Investing Expert at The Motley Fool, I would like to congratulate David and his team on their achievements in making the UK's number one website for private investors.

Gavin's experience as both a stockbroker and executive of an AIM-listed company brings enormous knowledge and insight to any discussion on UK smallcaps.

I fully support David Kuo's efforts to educate private investors and Gavin Oldham's calls for change in the UK investment market."

A link to the podcast will appear on this site once published.

David O'Hara writes for January aimZine

David O'Hara, Founder of Blackthorn Focus, appears again in the January edition of aimZine, the online magazine for the AIM community.

For an article titled '2010 Aspirations', David contacted eight experts on London's junior market to ask what they would like to see change in 2010. Blackthorn Focus would like to thank all those people for sharing their insights. Thanks to:

Kelly Gardiner, Hybridan
Henry Harrison-Topham, Managing Director, Abchurch Communications
Paul Parker, Investment Manager, Collins Stewart Wealth Management
Chris Searle, Partner, Corporate Finance, BDO
Shane Smith, CEO, IIR Group, and PSQ Analytics
Marcus Stuttard, Head of AIM, London Stock Exchange
Tony Vine-Lott, Director, Tax-Incentivised Savings Association (TISA)
Tim Ward, Chief Executive, Quoted Companies Alliance

David O'Hara's piece focused on the perceived lack of engagement from institutional investors in the AIM market. "This is an important issue going into 2010" said O'Hara. "A number of AIM companies are failing to interact properly with the investment community and operate as a listed company should. This does a disservice to their investors and by damaging the reputation of the junior market affects all other AIM-listed companies. Improvements in governance and corporate behaviour could be brought about by investors much faster than any regulation would manage."

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