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Venture and capital growth

We have a genuine understanding and enthusiasm for the European venture and growth capital market, having executed more than 250 fund raisings during the last three years (helping European businesses raise over €2bn in aggregate).

We advise start-ups, global market leaders, angel investors and more than 50 institutional VC/growth capital investors on funding rounds, follow-on rounds, venture debt facilities, IPOs, trade sales and buy & build projects. We have particular expertise in the Digital Business, Financial Services and Life Sciences sectors.

We typically get involved at series A onwards, but sometimes much earlier where we believe we can build quality business relationships and are able to offer hands-on advice to the business. We are not satisfied by just winning one-off mandates. To that end we have created a “series A ready” product in the UK and Germany to help start-ups prepare for their series A round. We then look to support all companies on their journey with subsequent equity / debt financing through to exit.

Today we have market-leading practices in several European countries (where we are top ranked by the main directories). We are working, with our clients, to build the best, most cohesive, international venture/growth capital practice, which looks and feels the same for clients across Europe.

We also have offices on the West and East coasts of the US, specifically helping US investors to participate in the European market.

We work with Osborne Clarke in England, Germany, France and Spain and have been consistently delighted with the quality of advice and support received. It feels like we are dealing with one team and a very good one at that!” Highland Europe

Experience


NewVoiceMedia

Advised NewVoiceMedia on a $30m Series F round of funding.

Finanzcheck

Advised Finanzcheck, a German GmbH in Hamburg, on a US$30m investment from HarborVest.

Breath Therapeutics

Advising Breath Therapeutics, a Dutch company, on its EUR€43.5m series A funding round, from GIM, Sofinnova Partners and Glide Healthcare.

Funding Circle

We advised Funding Circle, a UK company, on its US$150m series E round, from DST Global, BlackRock, Temasek, Baillie Gifford (and others).

GV

We advised GV (Google Ventures) on its US$20m investment in Kobalt Music, a UK Company, as part of a US$60m series C round alongside Michael Dell’s family trust.

Raine Ventures

Advised Raine Ventures from San Francisco / New York on their growth funding of German Dojo Madness GmbH in Berlin.

Founders Factory

Advised Founders Factory, a UK company, on five investments from Guardian Media Group, L'Oreal, easyJet and Chinese private equity group, CSG.

Ubiquisys

Advising all shareholders of Ubiquisys on the $320m sale to Cisco.

Nujira

Advising all shareholders of Nujira on the $50m sale to Qualcomm.

Turtle Entertainment

Advising major shareholders of German Turtle Entertainment GmbH from Cologne on the €75m majority sale to Modern Times Group, Sweden.

Social Point

Advising the founders of the Spanish games company, Social Point, on its €250m+ exit to Take-Two Interactive (the games company behind Grand Theft Auto).

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