Expert advice in all areas of fund raising, whether established or innovative.
The fundraising landscape for companies seeking growth capital has changed and diversified considerably in recent years. More traditional Private Equity and Venture Capital funding have maintained their strong position as established models, whilst new approaches to fundraising have emerged and gained momentum. Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs) and Security Token Offerings (STOs) have emerged as alternatives to the usual model. Whilst certain companies have raised substantial funds via ICOs, we have seen a recent trend towards STOs, given the uncertain regulatory status of certain ICOs. Whether you are an entrepreneur, a business seeking funding or an investor looking for opportunities, our legal team can provide expert advice in all areas of fund raising, whether established or innovative.
Private Equity and Venture Capital
Our Corporate team has significant experience on both sides of funding transactions, advising early stage businesses on obtaining investment, and advising Private Equity houses, hedge funds and Venture Capitalists on the acquisition, management and disposal of their investment portfolios. Working with some of the best-known investment houses, we have excellent insight into what the key participants on both sides want and how best to deliver it for mutual benefit.
If you are looking for investment, we will guide you skilfully through the funding process, working with you in partnership to ensure you fulfil your financial objectives and that your business is protected. If you are an investor, we have the expertise and commercial awareness to provide you with innovative and strategic advice with a commitment to achieving long term returns.
In both cases we establish your preferred outcome and work backwards from there to ensure that the transaction documents achieve your aims. We would always advise that you seek consensus with the counterparty on the outcome to avoid litigation on the proposed exit.
Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs) and Security Token Offerings (STOs)
We have supported many companies and projects raising money through token sales or ICOs in a range of business sectors, including financial services, infrastructure, technology, property, as well as in the agriculture and healthcare industries. We can guide you through each stage of the ICO / STO process, from early stage regulatory analysis, to dealing with the operational process of selling coins. Additionally, we can review and help you draft your white paper and terms and conditions of offer. Should we conclude that your ICO is a regulated security or investment, we are able to support applications to the regulator or work with you to find an authorised firm to provide you with a regulatory umbrella.