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Bird & Bird - Private Equity Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- 7 partners
- 20 other qualified lawyers
- Office location: London

What the team is known for High-quality team advising on every stage in the venture capital funding cycle, with a strong reputation for servicing a high-profile client base that spans investors, growth companies and wider corporates. Regularly takes on big-ticket transactions in the technology and cleantech sectors, and also has core expertise in the field of life sciences.

Strengths Interviewees say: "The advantage of Bird & Bird is that it has a strong international network. The partners are quite flexible as well, that's really appreciated."

Clients report: "A very commercial and pragmatic service that's really geared for getting the best deal for a start-up. They're very experienced in the start-up world so they know the pitfalls a company can fall into."

Work highlights Engaged by Smedvig Capital to handle its £10 million funding of marketing technology company Infinity.

Advised European growth debt provider Kreos Capital in connection with its loan to cruise ship booking portal Dreamlines.

Significant clients Index Ventures, Albion Ventures, Just Eat, Horizons Ventures, Beringea Ventures.

Notable practitioners

Geraint Lloyd's practice includes venture capital investments, MBOs and private equity exits, including cross-border work. Specific areas of strength include transactions in the healthcare, renewables, leisure and education sectors.

Struan Penwarden earns recognition for his "truly supportive and guiding" approach with clients, who turn to him for his expertise in the venture capital field. He acts for both investors and investee companies, with notable skills in the cleantech, life sciences, telecoms and software sectors.

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Bird & Bird's Venture Capital practice is a market leader in the UK and a key player in the European market. The group are well known to the leading venture capital investors in Europe, Asia and the US. 

We are intimately familiar with all current market deal terms, structures and trends with our London office alone advising on over 90 venture capital deals in the last year.

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Brown Rudnick LLP - Private Equity Department

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Basic facts about the department
- 10 partners
- 8 other qualified lawyers
- Office location: London

What the team is known for Respected London practice with a long-standing reputation for venture capital work. Counts a number of highly regarded venture capital firms among its clients, alongside roles acting for entrepreneurial businesses and growth companies. Particularly active for life sciences, technology and cleantech companies, often on cross-border transactions including fundings and buyouts.

Strengths Interviewees say: "They're very experienced in the broader venture capital space and they're strong in early stage international venture capital deals."

A source adds: "I feel comfortable when I work with them. They go above and beyond and make sure we're happy, even when the transaction has closed. It's a partnership rather than a client relationship."

Work highlights Acted for Novo AS and a consortium of other investors to handle their USD4.5 million Series D investment into Acacia Pharma Group.

Advised aerospace company Gilo Industries and its founder on the investment into the company by Kuang-Chi Group.

Significant clients Lundbeckfond, Neuroprotexeon, Utonomy, Mustard Seed Impact, LGT Venture Philanthropy.

Notable practitioners

Mark Dorff is a seasoned performer in early-stage investment work, specialising in acting for entrepreneurs, corporate clients and investors in venture capital and growth equity matters. Clients describe him as a "tough, commercial negotiator" who is "very helpful in stalemate situations," where his "flexible but firm" style comes to the fore.

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CMS - Private Equity Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- Office location: London

What the team is known for Particularly strong on transactions involving clients from the energy, healthcare and TMC sectors. Maintains a strong international footprint, and is considered the first port of call for many on Central and Eastern European deals. Also regularly engaged for its growing strengths in venture capital and growth investment work, where it acts for a number of specialist investors and start-ups.

Strengths Sources reveal: "They work very well together to provide clients' results and they deliver excellent advice within demanding response times."

Clients say: "They're very pragmatic and business-friendly, and are driven by good market awareness and commercial acumen."

Interviewees report: "They don't get hung up on legal technicalities; they're always alive to the real commercial issues. The international network comes in handy too."

Work highlights Engaged by LGV Capital to handle its £118 million sale of pub chain Liberation Group to Caledonia Investments.

Advised venture capital builder Blenheim Chalcot on its acquisition of customer journey analytics company iJento.

Acted for Risk Capital Partners on the sale of online travel agent Cruise.co to Bridgepoint Development Capital for £52 million.

Significant clients Oakley Capital Partners, LDC, AnaCap Financial Partners, CBPE Capital, Octopus Investments.

Notable practitioners

James Grimwood offers substantial experience in a broad range of private equity transactional work, with interviewees highlighting his "hard-working, commercial, calm and pragmatic manner." He leads the firm's global and UK private equity practice.

The "excellent" Chris Mackie is a seasoned operator in the private equity market, with deep industry knowledge of a host of transactional and advisory matters. His clients include a range of corporates, private equity investors and management teams.

The "extremely responsive and pragmatic" John Finnemore is considered "a great port of call for any business" by appreciative clients. He is highly skilled in growth and venture capital funding, with sources valuing his ability to "strike a good balance between managing legal risk and recognising commercial imperatives."

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Covington & Burling LLP - Private Equity Department

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Basic facts about the department
- 9 partners
- 18 other qualified lawyers
- Office location: London

What the team is known for The preferred choice for many when it comes to life sciences matters, drawing from a pool of regulatory and industry experts to advise on growth investment transactions. Wider sector expertise also covers technology, cleantech and renewables. Regularly works with investors and emerging companies on venture financings as well as advising on post-investment management operations.

Strengths Clients say: "They have enormous experience in early stage life sciences transactions, so they can tie together very effectively what the industry requires into structures that make sense, from a licensing or investment perspective."

Clients particularly highlight the "superb client service" and "exemplary commerciality" of the team.

Work highlights Acted for BenevolentAI to handle a £2.5 million investment by funds managed by Woodford Investment Management.

Engaged by Salesforce Ventures to handle its participation in Onfido's Series B investment round.

Significant clients Avlar BioVentures, The Foundry, GammaDelta, Life Science Partners, Touchstone Innovations.

Notable practitioners

Louise Nash is highly skilled in international venture capital work, with particular expertise in the retail, media and luxury goods sectors. Clients label her "a champion partner," saying: "She's extremely capable and supporting."

James Gubbins is highly regarded in the life sciences field, with interviewees praising his "deep connections in the community" and "thoughtful advice." His practice encompasses venture capital investments, divestments and IPOs.

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Harbottle & Lewis LLP - Private Equity Department

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Basic facts about the department
- 3 partners
- 6 other qualified lawyers
- Office location: London

What the team is known for Offers core strengths in the media and technology sectors, with noted abilities in acting for growth companies and entrepreneurial businesses. Provides services on the full life-cycle of a company, including SEIS investments and venture capital investments, and in complementary practice areas such as IP. Also acts for investor clients, including venture capital funds, family offices and super-angels.

Strengths Clients say: "The team are commercially astute and work well together, and the advice has always been top-quality."

Interviewees add: "They're incredibly helpful to us. They had a good understand of what we're trying to do and look at things from our view."

Work highlights Advised Hopster, the trading name of Plato Media, on a strategic investment into the company by Sony.

Acted for Goodlord to handle its £2 million seed funding from LocalGlobe and Global Founders Capital.

Significant clients Atomico Ventures, Forward Ventures, Brandwatch, Pavegen, Research Exchange.

Notable practitioners

Practice leader Anthony Littner is considered "extremely knowledgeable and a pleasure to work with" by clients, which include both growth companies and venture capital investment firms. He provides deep expertise in transactions in the media and technology sector.

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Harbottle & Lewis has a particular reputation and strength in advising entrepreneurial businesses through every step on their lifecycle journey from start-up to initial SEIS or EIS investment to seed, multiple rounds of venture capital investment and beyond. We also act for a number of investors, family offices, super-angels and venture capital funds.

Our Private Equity team works closely alongside our Intellectual Property and Technology teams, giving us a specialised industry focus and ability to provide commercial, strategic and value-added advice to clients in this sector.

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Marriott Harrison - Private Equity Department

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Basic facts about the department
- 12 partners
- 9 other qualified lawyers
- Office location: London

What the team is known for Enjoys a strong reputation for its investor-side practice, including representing a number of high-profile technology-focused venture capital funds. Deep expertise spans sectors such as media, retail, marketing services and healthcare. Also experienced acting for investee companies, start-ups and management teams.

Strengths Clients say: "They're incredibly commercial and very calming, especially when working with a founder where it's so personal."

Sources add: "They know most of the lawyers or firms we are negotiating against, they know how they think and what points they will push before we have even spoken to them. That level of knowledge is incredibly valuable."

Work highlights Acted for Balderton Capital and Ribbit Capital on their £6.5 million co-investment into Revolut.

Advised Accel Partners in connection with its USD10 million investment into JobToday.

Significant clients Mobeus Equity Partners, Edge Investments, Beringea, Kindred Capital, Audiotonix.

Notable practitioners

Andrew Wigfall acts for major specialist funds, venture capital firms and entrepreneurs in investment matters, earning praise for his "excellent and commercial advice." One client notes: "He provides knowledge that you can't just learn, which comes from experience in the industry and deep relationships in it."

Associate David Strong is described as "easy and enjoyable to work with" by clients, who note his "thorough and commercial" approach as a key strength. He focuses on venture capital investments in the technology sector, acting for both investors and entrepreneurs.

About the Team (content provided by Marriott Harrison)

Marriott Harrison’s private equity and venture capital lawyers have a wealth of experience acting for private equity and venture capital houses, management teams, high net worth individuals, other financial institutions, and companies seeking finance.

We advise on a broad range of private equity and venture capital related transactions, including start ups, growth and later stage investments, MBOs, MBIs, BIMBOs, refinancings, restructurings and acquistions and divestments of portfolio companies. 

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Mills & Reeve LLP - Private Equity Department

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Basic facts about the department
- 9 partners
- 25 other qualified lawyers
- Office location: Cambridge

What the team is known for Experienced acting on behalf of a broad spectrum of clientele that includes institutional funds, technology companies and business angels. Routinely engaged in venture capital investments, portfolio management, fund structuring and crowdfunding, with further niche expertise in university spin-out work.

Strengths Clients say: "They offer a broad range of legal services with joined up thinking, so nothing falls down the cracks."

Interviewees add: "They're particularly pragmatic. It's been a healthy and mature relationship and it feels like good value for money."

Work highlights Advised Imagen on its £2.5 million funding from Cambridge Innovation Capital.

Advised IQ Capital Partners on its £5.3 million Series B investment into Cambridge University spin-out Fluidic Analytics.

Significant clients Marcia Technologies, Enterprise Ventures, Secret Escapes, 4Energy, Grapeshot.

Notable practitioners

Zickie Lim earns praise for her "acute legal knowledge" in venture capital work, with particular skill in university spin-out matters for both entrepreneurs and investors. Clients reveal: "She is tenacious but pragmatic in seeking to ensure an equitable outcome for her client, and truly empathetic in challenging times."

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Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP - Private Equity Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- 8 partners
- 17 other qualified lawyers
- Office location: London

What the team is known for Represents a plethora of notable technology companies on the full spectrum of venture capital work, including financings and IPOs. Also undertakes work for clients such as venture capital firms, angel investors and financial intermediaries. Leverages its impressive global connections, with offices in Europe and Silicon Valley, to provide an integrated and innovative cross-border investment platform.

Strengths Clients say this is "a very strong team that pursues transactions in a fast and clean fashion, allowing an easy approach to managing deals from our perspective."

Commentators offer praise for the practice's capabilities, labelling it a "thought leader in the market."

Work highlights Retained by semiconductor start-up Graphcore to handle its USD30 million Series A financing, led by Robert Bosch Venture Capital and Samsung Catalyst Fund.

Acted for Atomico on its USD24 million investment into Uniplaces.

Significant clients Bessemer Venture Partners, Battery Ventures, Piton Capital, Salesforce Ventures, Greenspring Associates.

Notable practitioners

The "phenomenal" Chris Grew enjoys an outstanding reputation in the venture capital market, offering clients expert insights into a range of investments, mergers and public offering work. His enviable client base includes a number of investment banks, growth investors and technology start-ups.

Ylan Steiner counsels high-growth companies and venture capital firms on handling financing rounds and investments, with strength in the technology sector. His expertise covers early-stage investments, MBO work, exits and secondary transactions.

Managing associate Janine Suttie assists start-up clients with inbound investment transactions, financing rounds and interim financing work. She also acts for venture capital investors deploying capital into early-stage companies.

The "fantastic" Ali Ramadan receives accolades for his "great commercial mindset." Interviewees highly rate his skills representing entrepreneurs and investee companies, with clients appreciating his ability to "get deals done quickly, with the best protections."

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Osborne Clarke LLP - Private Equity Department

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Basic facts about the department
- 11 partners
- 22 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations: Bristol, London, Reading

What the team is known for Prominent in mid-market transactions, often advising on deals in the financial services, real estate and digital business sectors. Also highly adept in venture capital matters, acting for investee companies and investors in financing work and equity matters.

Strengths Clients say: "The partners that we work with are seasoned industry experts, with a significant depth and breadth of experience."

Sources add: "They brought a good degree of experience from a management point of view and bring a calm and experienced voice to the table."

Interviewees reveal: "They have good strength in depth. It's a big team with hands-on, experienced partners."

Work highlights Advised the management team of Odeon and UCI Cinemas in connection with its £921 million sale from Terra Firma to AMC Theatres.

Retained by Highland Europe to handle its USD30 million growth capital investment into Condeco Group.

Handled NewVoiceMedia's USD30 million Series F funding round.

Acted for LDC to handle its backing of a management buyout of ADEY.

Significant clients RJD Partners, NVM Private Equity, Synova, Growth Capital Partners, Imperial Innovations.

Notable practitioners

Robert Wood has significant expertise in the digital business sector, where he advises early-stage companies and venture capital firms on investment matters. Sources report: "He's worked on hundreds of transactions, so whatever we're doing he'll have a good knowledge of it. We get to the answer quicker if he's at the table."

Greg Leyshon is characterised as "an experienced, senior voice" in private equity transactional work, where he advises a broad array of management teams, investors and portfolio companies. He leads the firm's business transactions practice.

Bristol-based Alisdair Livingstone leads the private equity practice at the firm, offering advice on a wide variety of private equity transactional work for major sponsor-side clients. Recent activity includes advising LDC to back the MBO of ADEY.

Tim Hewens impresses sources with his "very practical, straightforward" approach and his "brilliant advice." He regularly handles mid-market transactional work, acting for management teams, private equity houses and sellers.

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Penningtons Manches LLP - Private Equity Department

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Basic facts about the department
- 7 partners
- 7 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations: Oxford, Reading

What the team is known for Solid capabilities on venture capital work in the technology and life sciences sectors. Strong track record in advising investees, with a growing investor-side practice. Maintains close links with a number of leading UK universities and frequently advises on spin-out work.

Strengths Sources highlight the team's "experience and efficient service," adding that the firm is "considerate of the size and demands of an SME."

Work highlights Advised Nexeon on its £30 million Series C refinancing.

Acted for NeRRE Therapeutics on its £23 million Series B funding round.

Significant clients Touchstone Innovations, BusinessGrowth Fund, Cortexica, King's College London, OppilanPharma.

Notable practitioners

Rob Hayes handles the full gamut of venture capital matters, advising both investors and investee companies on fund-raisings and equity matters. He was recently involved in Nexeon's £30 million refinancing project.

Justin Starling is highly regarded by investee companies and early-stage businesses for his abilities in investment work, particularly in the life sciences sector. He also advises clients on ongoing company law and corporate governance matters.

Senior associate Elizabeth Yell receives plaudits from clients, who thoroughly appreciate her "patience, tenacity and attention to detail." She is highly regarded by both investors and growth companies for her skills in venture capital work.

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Penningtons Manches has a highly experienced venture capital team that advises on all aspects of venture capital investment and equity fundraising. We act for investors, business angels and investee companies and are regularly recommended by institutional investors to advise their portfolio companies. We are also experienced in all types of private equity and have handled many large, complex transactions for premier mid-market private equity houses.

We advise on numerous fundraising transactions from start-up and pre-seed funding through seed and angel funding to very large institutional syndicate investments. We cover all aspects of any funding deal including due diligence, term sheets, structuring, tax (including EIS, SEIS and VCT), warranties and disclosure, IP issues, EMI and other share option schemes.

A key feature of our offering is the strength of our intellectual property and life sciences teams, and we work closely with them to ensure that our clients’ technologies are properly understood and handled in any VC transaction. We also cover all related areas of law relevant to growth technology companies including research agreements, collaboration agreements, joint ventures, licensing deals, employment law and real estate law, as well as M&A and IPO – we provide a “cradle to coming of age” service and are particularly experienced in advising on the sale of technology companies to larger (often US) acquirers.

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Taylor Vinters - Private Equity Department

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Basic facts about the department
- 3 partners
- 6 other qualified lawyers.
- Office location: Cambridge

What the team is known for Offers a strong platform for funders and growth companies in early-stage investment work, drawing from a talented group of practitioners with expertise in both corporate and related commercial practice areas. Also demonstrates excellent capabilities in university and research organisation spin-out work.

Strengths Clients say the team has "a high level of client service and smart, commercially minded lawyers at a fraction of the cost of typical London-headquartered firms."

A source adds: "Taylor Vinters stand out for me because they take time to understand their customers' needs. It is the safest and best way to proceed."

Work highlights Advised Storm Therapeutics on its £12 million Series A funding round, with investment from Imperial Innovations, Cambridge Innovation Capital, Merck Ventures and Pfizer Venture Investments.

Retained by Hoxton Ventures in connection with its Series A investment into Behavox.

Significant clients Featurespace, Funderbeam, Cogenica, Streatteam Software, Exonate.

Notable practitioners

Charles Fletcher advises on the full venture capital life-cycle, including initial investments, restructuring matters and exits. He acts for both growth companies and specialist investor clients, who highlight him as "proactive and knowledgeable."

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Taylor Wessing LLP - Private Equity Department

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Basic facts about the department
- 9 partners
- 16 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations: London, Cambridge

What the team is known for Attains a commanding position at the forefront of the venture capital market, calling upon a deep talent pool with a wealth of experience in the area. Advises the full spectrum of clients including start-ups, well-known technology companies and institutional investors on early-stage investments, financing rounds and exits. Routinely engaged in mid-market private equity transactions, often cross-border and complex in nature.

Strengths Clients report: "They're experienced and understand the mechanical dynamics of all stages of venture capital investments."

A source adds: "I think they're first-class. A good combination of big-ticket expertise at a good price point."

Interviewees say: "They're very good in understanding the technical side, legal side and business side."

Clients say: "They're very well connected with the venture capital world. They understood the issues and were able to draw our attention to them before they became issues."

Work highlights Acted for Farfetch to advise on its USD110 million Series F financing, with investment from Temasek, IDG, Eurazeo and Vitruvian.

Assisted Rutland Partners on the £122 million sale of Millbrook Group to Spectris.

Advised Nutmeg on its £30 million funding round, led by Hong Kong-based investment advisory firm Convoy.

Retained by MML Capital Partners to handle its exit from ATA Group via a EUR53 million sale to the company's management.

Significant clients Epiris, Inflexion Private Equity Partners, Alcuin Capital, Index Ventures, MMC Ventures.

Notable practitioners

The "fiercely intelligent" David Mardle enjoys a stellar reputation in venture capital work, with commentators hailing his "very valuable experience" and "sharp thinking in negotiations." He regularly advises high-profile start-ups and investors on transactional work, with recent experience acting for Kymab on its USD100 million Series C financing round.

Angus Miln is praised for his "hugely impressive" skills in venture capital investment transactions. He acts for both funders and investee companies, offering significant expertise in the life sciences and cleantech sectors.

Howard Palmer has a wealth of expertise in a broad range of early-stage venturing transactions, applying his "huge intellect" to matters in the fintech, cleantech, media and communications fields. Sources praise his "meticulous" counsel, with clients appreciating his "good, sound advice that's always practical."

Adrian Rainey is highly skilled in the fintech, life sciences and medical devices field, where he acts for both investors and companies. Clients remark: "He's very familiar with a range of venture capital financing and was able to guide us through the process very smoothly."

Mike Turner is a well-respected venture capital lawyer, with clients benefiting from his prior experience and insights gained in-house at a technology investment firm. He leads the firm's corporate technology practice and its IT, media and communications group.

Emma Danks "goes the extra mile" for her clients, which include both corporates and leading private equity houses. Her practice encompasses M&A work, LBOs, MBOs and work for investee companies.

Department head James Goold has a dynamic private equity practice, acting for investor firms, management teams and investee corporates in a diverse array of transactional matters. Clients say: "We are continually impressed by James – he is always ready to go above and beyond to deliver for us."

Duncan McDonald has a broad skill set in transactional matters, with notable strengths in the technology, aerospace and hotels and leisure sectors. He is regularly called upon to advise on buyouts, exits, management transactions and portfolio work.

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White & Black Limited - Private Equity Department

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Basic facts about the department
- 5 partners
- 4 other qualified lawyers
- Office location: Oxford

What the team is known for Possesses notable strength on venture capital deals in the technology sector and wider IP-rich industries, including multiple funding rounds. Regularly works with leading global venture funds and for investee companies on transactional work.

Strengths Sources say: "The team there are super commercial. They challenge us on the things we need to be concerned about, but there's a very pragmatic edge to it."

Commentators say the firm "punches above its weight."

Work highlights Engaged by NVM Private Equity in connection with its £2 million investment into Lending Works.

Advised Solid Solutions on its £8 million investment by Business Growth Fund.

Significant clients Gigaclear, AMS International, Mediatronic, Highland Capital, Concorde Solutions.

Notable practitioners

Phil Riman applies his "highly commercial and pragmatic" approach to investments and funding rounds for both venture capital firms and investee companies. Clients report: "We feel like he is our in-house lawyer and that he's part of the business."

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Withers tech

From the Chambers UK guide

Tina Baker of Withers tech is a highly impressive venture capital specialist, earning respect among peers for her strengths in growth investment work. Her clients include a range of investee companies and venture capital firms.

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Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

The "phenomenal" Chris Grew enjoys an outstanding reputation in the venture capital market, offering clients expert insights into a range of investments, mergers and public offering work. His enviable client base includes a number of investment banks, growth investors and technology start-ups.

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Taylor Wessing LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

The "fiercely intelligent" David Mardle enjoys a stellar reputation in venture capital work, with commentators hailing his "very valuable experience" and "sharp thinking in negotiations." He regularly advises high-profile start-ups and investors on transactional work, with recent experience acting for Kymab on its USD100 million Series C financing round.

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Taylor Wessing LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Angus Miln is praised for his "hugely impressive" skills in venture capital investment transactions. He acts for both funders and investee companies, offering significant expertise in the life sciences and cleantech sectors.

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Marriott Harrison

From the Chambers UK guide

Andrew Wigfall acts for major specialist funds, venture capital firms and entrepreneurs in investment matters, earning praise for his "excellent and commercial advice." One client notes: "He provides knowledge that you can't just learn, which comes from experience in the industry and deep relationships in it."

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Bird & Bird

From the Chambers UK guide

Geraint Lloyd's practice includes venture capital investments, MBOs and private equity exits, including cross-border work. Specific areas of strength include transactions in the healthcare, renewables, leisure and education sectors.

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Covington & Burling LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Louise Nash is highly skilled in international venture capital work, with particular expertise in the retail, media and luxury goods sectors. Clients label her "a champion partner," saying: "She's extremely capable and supporting."

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Taylor Wessing LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Howard Palmer has a wealth of expertise in a broad range of early-stage venturing transactions, applying his "huge intellect" to matters in the fintech, cleantech, media and communications fields. Sources praise his "meticulous" counsel, with clients appreciating his "good, sound advice that's always practical."

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Band 2

Bird & Bird

From the Chambers UK guide

Struan Penwarden earns recognition for his "truly supportive and guiding" approach with clients, who turn to him for his expertise in the venture capital field. He acts for both investors and investee companies, with notable skills in the cleantech, life sciences, telecoms and software sectors.

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Band 2

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Ylan Steiner counsels high-growth companies and venture capital firms on handling financing rounds and investments, with strength in the technology sector. His expertise covers early-stage investments, MBO work, exits and secondary transactions.

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Band 2

Osborne Clarke LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Robert Wood has significant expertise in the digital business sector, where he advises early-stage companies and venture capital firms on investment matters. Sources report: "He's worked on hundreds of transactions, so whatever we're doing he'll have a good knowledge of it. We get to the answer quicker if he's at the table." 

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Band 3

Andrew Betteridge

Ashfords LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Andrew Betteridge leads the corporate and commercial teams at Ashfords LLP. He has a strong profile in the venture capital market, advising clients on fund-raisings and on operational and strategic matters for investee companies.

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Band 3

Brown Rudnick LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Mark Dorff is a seasoned performer in early-stage investment work, specialising in acting for entrepreneurs, corporate clients and investors in venture capital and growth equity matters. Clients describe him as a "tough, commercial negotiator" who is "very helpful in stalemate situations," where his "flexible but firm" style comes to the fore.

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Band 3

CMS

From the Chambers UK guide

The "extremely responsive and pragmatic" John Finnemore is considered "a great port of call for any business" by appreciative clients. He is highly skilled in growth and venture capital funding, with sources valuing his ability to "strike a good balance between managing legal risk and recognising commercial imperatives." 

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Band 3

Covington & Burling LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

James Gubbins is highly regarded in the life sciences field, with interviewees praising his "deep connections in the community" and "thoughtful advice." His practice encompasses venture capital investments, divestments and IPOs.

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Band 3

Mills & Reeve LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Zickie Lim earns praise for her "acute legal knowledge" in venture capital work, with particular skill in university spin-out matters for both entrepreneurs and investors. Clients reveal: "She is tenacious but pragmatic in seeking to ensure an equitable outcome for her client, and truly empathetic in challenging times." 

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Band 3

Harbottle & Lewis LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Practice leader Anthony Littner is considered "extremely knowledgeable and a pleasure to work with" by clients, which include both growth companies and venture capital investment firms. He provides deep expertise in transactions in the media and technology sector. 

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Band 3

Shoosmiths LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Alastair Peet leads the venture capital practice at Shoosmiths LLP, regularly acting on investment and fund-raising deals for specialist venture capital firms and wider investors. 2016 saw him advise on over 40 new and follow-on investments for Octopus Ventures, with a total aggregate value of £71.4 million.

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Band 3

Taylor Wessing LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Adrian Rainey is highly skilled in the fintech, life sciences and medical devices field, where he acts for both investors and companies. Clients remark: "He's very familiar with a range of venture capital financing and was able to guide us through the process very smoothly." 

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Band 3

Taylor Wessing LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Mike Turner is a well-respected venture capital lawyer, with clients benefiting from his prior experience and insights gained in-house at a technology investment firm. He leads the firm's corporate technology practice and its IT, media and communications group.

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Band 4

Matthew Cunningham

Waterfront Solicitors LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Matthew Cunningham of Waterfront Solicitors LLP offers considerable knowledge of the technology sector, and often advises investors and early-stage companies on venture capital investment and financing work. Interviewees appreciate his "detail-focused" approach and "attentiveness to clients." 

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Band 4

Dorsey & Whitney

From the Chambers UK guide

Frances Doherty of Dorsey & Whitney is held in high regard by her clients, who commend her "very good interpersonal skills" and her ability to "identify the critical issues quickly." She specialises in venture capital work, with notable strengths in the fintech and health technology industries.

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Band 4

Taylor Vinters

From the Chambers UK guide

Charles Fletcher advises on the full venture capital life-cycle, including initial investments, restructuring matters and exits. He acts for both growth companies and specialist investor clients, who highlight him as "proactive and knowledgeable." 

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Band 4

Penningtons Manches LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Rob Hayes handles the full gamut of venture capital matters, advising both investors and investee companies on fund-raisings and equity matters. He was recently involved in Nexeon's £30 million refinancing project.

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Band 4

Gowling WLG (UK) LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Ian Piggin leads the private equity and venture capital practice at Gowling WLG (UK) LLP. He offers deep expertise in the technology and life sciences field, regularly acting for a range of venture capital firms and pharmaceuticals corporates, among others.

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Band 4

White & Black Limited

From the Chambers UK guide

Phil Riman applies his "highly commercial and pragmatic" approach to investments and funding rounds for both venture capital firms and investee companies. Clients report: "We feel like he is our in-house lawyer and that he's part of the business." 

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Band 4

Keystone Law

From the Chambers UK guide

Dee Sian of Keystone Law has a dynamic corporate practice, with strengths in investments, refinancings and restructuring matters. Her recent activity includes acting for Mobeus Equity Partners on its £2.2 million investment into BookingTek.

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Band 4

Penningtons Manches LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Justin Starling is highly regarded by investee companies and early-stage businesses for his abilities in investment work, particularly in the life sciences sector. He also advises clients on ongoing company law and corporate governance matters.

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Up and Coming

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

The "fantastic" Ali Ramadan receives accolades for his "great commercial mindset." Interviewees highly rate his skills representing entrepreneurs and investee companies, with clients appreciating his ability to "get deals done quickly, with the best protections."

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Associates to watch

Marriott Harrison

From the Chambers UK guide

Associate David Strong is described as "easy and enjoyable to work with" by clients, who note his "thorough and commercial" approach as a key strength. He focuses on venture capital investments in the technology sector, acting for both investors and entrepreneurs.

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Associates to watch

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Managing associate Janine Suttie assists start-up clients with inbound investment transactions, financing rounds and interim financing work. She also acts for venture capital investors deploying capital into early-stage companies.

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Associates to watch

Penningtons Manches LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Senior associate Elizabeth Yell receives plaudits from clients, who thoroughly appreciate her "patience, tenacity and attention to detail." She is highly regarded by both investors and growth companies for her skills in venture capital work.

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