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Venture Capital

Our Venture Capital Team acts both for VC investors and fast-growth emerging companies.

Our experience acting on both sides of venture capital transactions means that we understand issues from the perspective of both investors and investees and allows us to find fair solutions for all involved.

On the company side, we focus on supporting disruptive businesses raise the capital they need to facilitate their growth journey and, once more established – as a full service law firm – we can help them scale quickly and avoid the common pitfalls of high-growth companies. As a firm that advises companies from seed financing right through to IPO and beyond, we’re invested in ensuring our clients achieve short, medium and long-term success.

On the VC investor side, our specialist team of venture capital lawyers has extensive multi-jurisdictional experience of venture capital transactions. We’re well-versed in BVCA market practices and have a deep understanding of the specific technical requirements of VC fund raisings across different investment rounds. We understand that speed matters in the world of venture capital and our goal-oriented lawyers are focused on helping you successfully raise or invest capital as quickly as possible without creating unneeded issues or legal roadblocks.

What makes us different and where can we add value?

We’re fiercely independent – Walker Morris is the UK’s largest independent law firm outside of London. Emerging companies and VC investors benefit from our ‘City’ quality legal advice without the London overheads.

Because our team has experience across the full spectrum of venture capital and emerging company work, we assist our clients with everything from funding documentation (e.g. term sheets, subscription agreements, convertible loan notes etc.) to documents that will regulate and affect the way a business is run for the years ahead (e.g. articles, ESOP schemes, IP agreements etc.). Whatever the matter at hand, we understand that legal documents for fast growth companies must be prepared for both short and long term success and not hamper the next stage of growth.

We’re excited by the opportunities that venture capital brings to the UK and the world and because we’re embedded in the world of venture capital, we are here to help you build your business, grow your investment and operate the growing cap table.

Insights

“Walker Morris are top notch – they are highly efficient and pragmatic.”

Chambers & Partners

“We’ve worked with Walker Morris for years now and are very comfortable trusting them to move things on in the background without checking every draft of a document. They’re very reliable and thorough – and the principle of only having to tell them something once applies here.”

Legal 500

“Very strong interpersonal skills and ability to work with difficult counterparts. Had the ability to guide us as clients to the best path forward to move the deal ahead and come to a successful conclusion. Very timely in responses and work in a deal that had many stops and starts.”

Legal 500

“Walker Morris provides top notch legal work at reasonable rates. Being a US-based client, we rely heavily on the Walker Morris team to advise us on all things related to UK law. The team has proven ability to work on tight deadlines and provide great results.”

Legal 500

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