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….
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…
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…
It’s finally here! The EU – U.S. Privacy Shield (aka Safe Harbour 2.0) has been approved by the European Commission which means businesses in the EU will be able to transfer personal data to U.S. self-certified companies without the need for any further safeguards. There’s been an air of uncertainty around personal data transfers between the EU and the U.S. since the European Court of Justice (ECJ) invalidated the Safe Harbour scheme in October 2015; so this is great news for businesses in the EU which use service providers based in the U.S. Rather than discussing the background of the…
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…
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…
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…
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.
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…
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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