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In Client News: Crane Venture Partners Leads $30 M Series C For AI Startup

By | Artificial Intelligence, Client news, Entrepreneurs, Investor and VC News, investors, Series C

Congratulations to our client, Crane Venture Partners on leading the Series C $30 Million funding round for London-based Onfido. Onfido uses artificial intelligence algorithms to help websites verify people’s identities by merely using a photo-based identity document and a selfie to curb hackers and security breaches that have exposed personal information of millions of people globally. This is the second round of investment for Onfido following their round of $30 Million including two of our clients Idinvest and Wellington. In an interview with TechCrunch, Scott Sage, co-founder and partner, Crane Venture Partners, said that Onfido is one of the leading data enterprise…

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Bossa Raises $10 Million Series A For Its Simulation Game

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

Summer turns to fall, and our clients continue to show no signs of stopping. In gaming news, we advised London-based Bossa Studios on its $10 Million Series A fundraise ahead of the launch of its upcoming simulation game Worlds Adrift. Atomico led the investment with participation from existing investor, London Venture Partners. Atomico co-founder and partner Mattias Ljungman and executive-in-residence Alexis Bonte, will both join Bossa’s board of directors. In an ongoing validation of the strength of UK and European tech, Bossa will be making use of Improbable’s ground-breaking SpatialOS platform in the creation of Worlds Adrift. The Cambridge-born tech firm has…

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Habito Raises £18.5 Million In A Series B Round Led By Atomico

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

JAG Shaw Baker is proud to have advised our client Habito, on their £18.5 Million Series B round led by Atomico. The raise supports Habito, one of the standout ‘PropTech’ companies in the UK, and their vision to leverage the large inefficiencies inherent in the mortgage market. The round brings the total raised by the company to a total of £27m and the funding will be used for marketing and other product development as well as the company’s plans to expand its offering to other parts of the mortgage process such as home and life insurance. Daniel Hegarty, CEO, Habito started the company in 2015. The JAG Shaw Baker team…

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Innovative Financing Instruments: A Better Alternative?

By | Documentation, Entrepreneurs, Knowledge

As discussed in The New World Order of Innovative Financing, investors are increasingly opting to invest into companies in advance of formal funding rounds (including seed rounds). In the UK, these investments are usually made through convertible loan notes or advanced subscription agreements (known as ASAs). In the US similar instruments like Simple Agreement for Future Equity (SAFE) by Y Combinator and Keep It Simple Security (KISS) from 500 Startups have seen increased usage. In this post, we’re look at the advantages and disadvantages of these instruments from the both the investor and company perspectives. We’ll also look at what…

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Monese Raises $10M A Round From International Investors

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

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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Artificial Intelligence, Robots And Techcrunch Disrupt

By | Artificial Intelligence, Biotech, Current Affairs, Entrepreneurs, Events, Investor and VC News, Knowledge, Robots

  In early December, Techcrunch Disrupt London came to town. The event hosts Startup Battlefield which gathers early stage startups together on one stage to compete for the Disrupt Cup and a cash prize. As expected, the agenda was jam-packed with a wide-range topics from Brexit and walking robot dogs to flying cars and the continued disruption and innovation of Fintech. On the VC front On the venture capital front, Niklas Zennström, Atomico said that early stage Seed and Series A investments in Europe are now on par with the US, both in terms of amount of capital invested and number of companies….

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Three Minutes With Howard Watt

By | Brand, Partner Insight, People

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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The Top Four Tips You Need to Prep For A Biotech IPO

By | Biotech, Current Affairs, Knowledge, Life Sciences, Partner Insight

Biotech companies have fared well recently in the IPO market in both the US and the UK. New legislation in the US has eased access to public markets and the AIM market in London continues to be attractive for emerging biotech companies. If you’re considering an IPO to raise capital for your biotech company, here are the four top tips you need to prep you on how to prepare for your big launch. 1. Intellectual property is key Wrap up any and all Intellectual Property (IP) issues before kicking off an IPO process. Most advisors and investors are not as…

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Nick Crabtree Elevated To Partner

By | Brand, Current Affairs, Knowledge, M&A, Partner Insight, People

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

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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