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Entrepreneur First Wins Seed Fund Of The Year

By | Client news, Current Affairs, Entrepreneurs, Events, Investor and VC News, People, Startups

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

By | Client news, Current Affairs, Entrepreneurs, Investor and VC News, investors, Startups

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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The Effect Of Brexit On Venture Investing

By | Brand, Current Affairs, Entrepreneurs, Investor and VC News, Knowledge, Partner Insight

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

By | Brand, Entrepreneurs, Investor and VC News, Partner Insight

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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Lodgify Closes 1.4 Million Funding Round

By | Client news, Entrepreneurs, investors, Startups

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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The New Seed Round

By | Entrepreneurs, Investor and VC News, investors, Partner Insight

In January 2016, Tech.eu reported there was a massive uplift of seed and series A rounds across Europe.  According to the research, the biggest increases were seen at €500K or lower (pre-seed or seed) and in rounds between €1M and €5M. Tech.eu reports that compared to one year ago, deals tripled in this bracket  –  from two to 76 in 2016. At JAG Shaw Baker, this is exactly what we’ve been seeing over the past several years — a proliferation of small Seed rounds between €150K and €500K. In addition, the two other trends from our vantage point are a shift in…

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Our New Associate: Philip O’Reilly

By | Entrepreneurs, People

Philip O’Reilly is one of our new associates in venture capital at JAG Shaw Baker. Phillip specializes in advising venture capital investors and early stage companies on all aspects of financings, general corporate and regulatory matters. Philip trained with McCann FitzGerald in Dublin and qualified as a solicitor in 2011. Notable work included leading a cross-border transaction team in consolidating an international fund manager’s £2 billion worth of assets to a single onshore jurisdiction.   Other corporate clients included a range of UK-based and international companies operating in the financial services sector. Philip has also worked at Google, where he…

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Client News: M&A, IP And Partnerships

By | Client news, Entrepreneurs, Investor and VC News, investors, M&A, Startups

From an M&A deal to Condé Nast to an interesting intellectual property matter for one of the oldest cutlery companies in Europe, here’s a short round up of some of our client’s success and news: Partnerships: For the second time in 2016, our client TransferWise has joined forces with a bank. Earlier this year it was Estonia’s largest bank LHV. This time it was a German FinTech start up, Number26 backed by Peter Thiel. Number 26 is considered to be Europe’s first mobile bank. TransferWise and Number26 have teamed up to give Number26 customers in-app access to a cheap international money-transfer service. Number26’s new service…

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Seed Funding: The Non-Priced Round

By | Brand, Entrepreneurs, Partner Insight

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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