- Business advisory
- Company secretarial
- Corporate real estate
- Corporate reorganisation and simplification
- Equity capital markets
- International expansion
- Investment funds
- Joint ventures
- Mergers and acquisitions
- Private equity - management advisory
- Private equity - sponsors
- Restructuring and insolvency
- Venture and growth capital
Technological transformation continues to drive international demand for venture capital
There has been sustained optimism in and around venture and growth capital investment, not least in Europe. The pandemic has accelerated the need for technology and increased the demand for venture capital (VC) activity worldwide. Technological transformation has continued to advance and growth companies continue to need capital.
Many tech sectors, such as fintech “green” innovation and healthcare, and have a growing need for capital access – and VC funding will be critical in the race to carbon net zero. VC support offers an opportunity for growth and for shareholder and stakeholder alignment.
The OC team is the best there is when it comes to venture capital. They combine outstanding, clear legal advice with practical, commercial solutions in everything they do. The team has tremendous experience across all stages of a company’s life – from spin-out, to series A and all the way through to exit, and understand the constraints and considerations for each type of investor. A one-of-a-kind.
Osborne Clarke's venture and growth capital practice is a market leader in technology, financial services, renewable energy and life sciences across Europe. Whether acting on fund establishment or investments across the corporate lifecycle, we support growth – no matter what is needed.
For companies and management teams, we advise on large venture and growth rounds, usually between £10m to £100m, handling 400-plus investment rounds a year. We also help with venture debt facilities, convertible loans and alternative finance, and advise on incentives, employment, share options, regulatory and IP for those looking to transform markets through technology.
For start-ups, we advise on earlier and smaller seed rounds offering support to more than 100 sub-£5 million investments a year.
University spin-outs and research commercialisation
Our expertise includes advising on spin-outs, technology transfer, commercialisation and investment transactions. We work with world-leading organisations, including Imperial College, King’s College London, UCL, Oxford and Cambridge. We advise spin-out companies, investors, founders, universities and research institutions.
Top-tier international funds and corporate investors on international venture and growth capital investments turn to us for our market knowledge and hands-on experience. Our venture funds formation practice supports our institutional client base, advising on VC with legal, regulatory and tax support.
And, with exits, we are there to help companies and investors get the best terms possible – whether a trade sale or initial public offering. This includes advice to numerous VC-backed companies on trade sales to global technology acquirers such as Cisco, Google, Apple, Facebook and Microsoft.
Sequoia Capital, Thrive Capital and TCV
Osborne Clarke advised lead investors Sequoia Capital, Thrive Capital and TCV on Trade Republic's Series C financing round of over EUR 700 million
Advised Highland Europe on its series C $100 million investment in Plentific.
Osborne Clarke advises DB Schenker in Volocopter Series D financing round
Acted for Nexeon Limited on $80m refinancing.
Advised Causeway Technologies on a £120 million investment from Five Arrows Principal Investments.
Advised Accel and 14W as investors in $181M series F round led by Korelya in second-hand marketplace Wallapop.
Advised Barcelona-based HR SaaS developer Factorial in $80M series B finance round led by Tiger Global
Advised Highland Europe on a €35m fund raising and share deal for Snapshift.
We advised on the $350m exit to Vonage Inc, having acted for NVM on its previous equity financings.
Advised the UK group Wildstone on the acquisition of the Spanish group of outdoor advertising Redext.
Business Growth Fund
We advised BGF on its £6m investment in driverless car software developer Oxbotica (as part of a $47m round).
We advised the lead investor on the $30m series D investment in Lumeon – a leader in care pathway orchestration.
We advised the company on a EUR 30m series A round led by Wellington Partners and Ancora.
Secure Code Warrior
Advised Secure Code Warrior on the closure of its $47.6M Series B round led by Goldman Sachs.
We advised on the $83 million Series C financing led by Novo Ventures and Sanofi Ventures.
We advised the Company, the London Gigafast broadband provider, on a £50m funding round from RPMI and Amber Infrastructure.
Advised on fund IV formation.
We advised firstminute on its establishment and launch of its two venture funds, most recently firstminute capital II LP (target $125m)
Advising Passion Capital on the launch of its third venture fund, Passion Capital III LP (£60m).
Advising PROfounders on its establishment and launch of its second fund (£60m)
Advising on the MMC Scale-up Fund and MMC Greater London Fund.