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The New World Order Of Innovative Financing

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According to data from London & Partners, UK tech companies raised more than $2.1 billion in the first nine months of 2015. In January 2016, London & Partners released new data indicating that since 2010, UK technology companies have collectively raised almost $10 billion. Inc Magazine published an article about the 10 growing VC trends to look for in 2016. Among them was early and seed stage funding. Whether it’s via a crowd sourced platform, seed investor or super angel, the options for early stage capital isn’t slowing down. This type of funding increasingly takes the form of quick, efficient…

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Do You Really Need A Lead Investor In Seed Financings?

By | Brand, Current Affairs, Entrepreneurs, Knowledge, Partner Insight, Seed, Tina Baker | No Comments

According to The Macro, the ecosystem for seed or early financing is far more complex now than it was just five years ago. From super angels or micro VCs to VC firms themselves with an emphasis on seed funding, the landscape has multiple layers inside the seed funding market. Even the size of seeds has changed. The average size of a seed round on the rise anywhere from  €200,000 to €6 million (what we call a super-sized seed). There’s a lot of advice out there too. Philipp Moehring, Head of Europe for AngelList, has some tips for raising a seed round without…

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New IP Associate Joins Firm

By | Brand, Intellectual Property, People | No Comments

Anna Farmer joins the intellectual property (IP) team at JAG Shaw Baker from Maclay Murray & Spens LLP where she was a trainee solicitor for two years. Anna will focus on contentious and non-contentious IP matters. This includes trademark and patent matters as well as data protection, cyber-squatting, licensing, technology, copyright and database and design rights. On being a lawyer When talking about being an IP lawyer, Anna says the complexity of IP and technology today, intertwined with the types of clients JAG Shaw Baker works with, is what inspires her as a lawyer. Anna is a graduate of Durham University…

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Three Minutes With Howard Watt

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A new month brings new beginnings at JAG Shaw Baker and today we’re pleased to announce a new partner at the firm, Howard Watt. Howard comes to JAG Shaw Baker from Eight Roads (the private investment arm of Fidelity International) where he has been in-house Counsel for the past six years. While there, Howard advised Eight Roads’ European Venture Fund on investments including Innogames, Made.com, NotOnTheHighStreet, AppsFlyer and Wahanda (now Treatwell), including the latter’s $171 m exit to Recruit. As a partner on our corporate team, Howard’s background includes deal work in venture capital, private equity, private investment funds and…

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Nick Crabtree Elevated To Partner

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Today, we’re delighted to announce the elevation of Nick Crabtree to partner in our Corporate team. Nick is an influential member of the team at JAG Shaw Baker and since he joined the firm in early 2015, it’s remarkable to see how he’s helped the team deliver and close more than 200 transactions in that time. Nick has also been lead attorney on many key client mandates and has helped dozens of clients through successful M&A and investment transactions in the retail and technology markets – notably the sale of Fits.me to Rakuten and the sale of Wool and the…

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The Effect Of Brexit On Venture Investing

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The Brexit Referendum has come and gone but has left a legacy of conversation and debate in the UK and around the world. From education and trade issues to tourism and technology, Brexit has been talked about a great deal (probably too much!) over the last two weeks. As a law firm at the heart of the UK’s thriving technology and life science sectors, we have experienced firsthand the concerns of entrepreneurs and investors alike. We wanted to candidly share our views on what we’re seeing as effects of Brexit vote – and what we therefore might expect to see – in…

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In The News: James Shaw Talks to Drugs & Dealers Magazine

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For the last 15 or 16 years I have been spinning life science companies out of academic institutions and one of the biggest challenges I saw 15 years ago and I still see now is funding the early stage companies on spin-out — James Shaw In the May issue of Biotech & Money’s Drugs & Dealers magazine, our co-founder James Shaw talked to the magazine about the state of the fundraising market in the UK and the firm’s role as one of the leading legal advisers in this sector. Here are some great excerpts from the article: Drugs & Dealers: Perhaps you could…

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Seed Funding: The Non-Priced Round

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Early stage funding for start-ups is getting complicated. For many years, companies have raised initial seed funding through convertible loans instead of selling shares. In this type of funding, the loan, together with interest, automatically converts into the shares a company sells in its next funding round at either a discount (ranges are between 10% and 30%) or the lower of a discount or a valuation cap. There also may be specific limitations on the size of that funding. In recent years, following on to trends in the US with the Simple Agreement for Future Equity (SAFE) and Keep it…

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Our New Associate: Imran Bhatia

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More growth, means new legal minds on board to meet the needs of our high-growth clients. We are very happy to welcome Imran Bhatia to the Corporate team at JAG Shaw Baker. Imran specialises in venture capital at JAG Shaw Baker and acts on a range of corporate transactions including mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and takeovers, as well as advising on corporate governance and legal and regulatory compliance matters. Imran joins the firm from Herbert Smith Freehills in London, where he trained and qualified as a solicitor in 2013. Amongst other transactions, he worked on Sky’s acquisition of Sky Italia and the…

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Here’s To Anniversaries And A New Look

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Sometimes you have a great week and then you have a GREAT week. This is one of those weeks for us at JAG Shaw Baker – a GREAT week  Not only does this week mark the three year anniversary of our firm, but it’s also the week we launch our new look on our website. Since 2013, the firm has worked with so many outstanding high-growth companies and investors in Europe’s thriving start-up community – from pioneering biotech firms, music publishing platforms and race cars to new ways to transfer money and new drug therapies that can save lives. We…

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