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Upscale Class of 2017

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We’re happy to round out this week with a big congratulations to the start-ups that are part of Tech City UK’s Upscale Class of 2017. Upscale is a program for the most promising early stage start-ups to begin their journey to success. Each of the 33 companies are mentored by some of the UK’s most successful tech entrepreneurs including Riccardo Zacconi (KING.com/Candy Crush founder); Martha Lane Fox and Brent Hoberman (Lastminute.com founders); Lesley Eccles, (FanDuel founder); and David Buttress (Just Eat founder). The start-ups in Upscale are from a wide variety of tech sectors. The companies also reflect the UK’s strength in particular markets,…

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Monese Raises $10M A Round From International Investors

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In one of the first rounds of 2017 and another win for Fintech, Monese, a banking app for immigrants and expats, announced a hefty A round of $10 million. The app caters to immigrants and expats and in the context of Brexit, the round is notable because of its international consortium of investors. Two lead investors, Estonia’s Smart Cap (in the first round with Seedcamp) and Korea Investment Partners (in this current round) are our clients and we’re pleased to have advised them on this deal. Other investors in the round include Anthemis Exponential Ventures and STE Capital. The total funds raised…

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Client News: Doctify Raises Series A Funding Round

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Congratulations to our client Doctify Limited on raising more than $1M in their Series A funding round led by Amadeus Capital. We advised Doctify from their inception and their initial seed funding through to their Series A funding.  It’s been exciting to see their success from the start! Doctify is a new healthcare booking platform that gives patients a tool to search for specialist doctors, compare reviews and prices and book online appointments.  In a January article in the Evening Standard, the company says it aims to become the go-to online health platform.

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Client News: InMotion Hosts Smart Transportation Hackathon

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We’re pleased to be advisors to InMotion, the independent venture from Jaguar Land Rover. InMotion plans to transform the experience of personal travel and deliver greater freedom, choice and well-being in movement. In other words, smart transportation.  Smart Transportation Hackathon On November 3, 2016 in London, InMotion is having it’s first hackathon. The hackathon is focused on transforming the future of transportation. During the day, from 5:30 to 11:30 pm, hackers will have a chance to solve a technical challenge that can be utilised by the wider community. This gives them a chance to be a part of solving real customer mobility problems….

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Cross Border M&A Success

By | Biotech, Client news, Knowledge, Life Sciences, M&A

In Life Science news, Akarna Therapeutics Ltd. was acquired by Allergan plc (NYSE: AGN) for an upfront cash payment of $50 million. JAG Shaw Baker acted on behalf of New Science Ventures LLC, a New York venture capital fund that invests in novel scientific approaches. New Science Ventures was one of the selling shareholders alongside Third Point Ventures and Forbion Capital Partners. Akarna Therapeutics is a UK company with offices in Cambridge, UK and San Diego, California. Akarna Therapeutic’s lead product candidate (AKN-083) is considered an effective and novel treatment of non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH) and other liver diseases. An M&A…

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Entrepreneur First Wins Seed Fund Of The Year

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Last week, JAG Shaw Baker was one of the sponsors of GP Bullhound’s 2016 Investor Allstars. The annual awards pay tribute to entrepreneurs and investors in the start up ecosystem including Entrepreneur of the year to VC Fund of the Year. This year JAG Shaw Baker sponsored the Seed Fund of the Year category which went to Entrepreneur First (EF). EF is an accelerator but also a unique training school for entrepreneurs. The accelerator made news when one of their investments, Magic Pony, a visual processing start up, was acquired by Twitter for a reported $150 million (£102m). Congratulations to EF and all the companies and individuals who…

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Mergers, Lists and Launches: Atomico, Transferwise & Kano

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Our clients are always on the move and despite holiday nature of the summer months, July and August have been no exception. Here’s a round up of a few strategic wins for our clients. Hailo has joined forces with Daimler’s MyTaxi and created Europe’s largest taxi e-hailing company. With the merger, the companies say they will now serve three million customers with 100,000+ registered taxi drivers across 50+ cities in nine European countries. Our client, Atomico was one of the investors in this deal and we’re happy to have helped them with this exciting merger. The MIT Technology Review recently published their list…

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Launches And Exits: Magic Pony, BleepBleeps and So-Sure

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It’s been a great start to the summer of 2016! Two clients launched new products and another was acquired by Twitter for $150 million. We’re proud to work with this great group of entrepreneurs in IoT, insurance tech and machine learning. In the acquisition department, Magic Pony Technology, a stealth European tech company was acquired by Twitter in June. Magic Pony’s technology uses neural networks to improve images. According to a TechCrunch article the acquisition will bolster Twitter’s strategy to build it’s machine learning muscle and potentially improve how it delivers photos and videos across its apps. “Machine learning is increasingly at the…

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Lodgify Closes 1.4 Million Funding Round

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We recently helped our client Lodgify close their new €1.4 M funding round with Nauta Capital and other existing investors including Chris Hitchen, HOWZAT Partners and Roland Zeller. Lodgify has raised a total of €2 M to date to help rental owners and property managers generate more direct bookings and become less dependent on online travel agencies like Airbnb. Lodgify provides website builder software to enable vacation rental owners to build their own branded websites. In a recent interview with TechCrunch, Dennis Klett, CEO & Co-founder, Lodgify, said the problem is that most vacation rental owners do not have a…

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Elasmogen Spins Out Of The University Of Aberdeen

By | Biotech, Client news, Investor and VC News, investors, Life Sciences

In spin out news, we advised Elasmogen on a variety of corporate and commercial matters in connection with its spin out from the University of Aberdeen. Elasmogen is a biologics drug discovery company that specialises in antibody-like proteins called soloMER. Our legal team advised and negotiated on a variety of corporate, commercial and IP agreements, including, a subscription and shareholders’ agreement, patent licence agreements, material transfer, facilities and management and secondment agreements.

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