Disruptive technology is changing the traditional ‘business model’. Corporations now have to strike an effective balance between maintaining their existing business while venturing into new areas.

Corporate venture capital (CVC), the investment of corporate funds in start-ups, has seen unprecedented growth in recent years, reaching record levels in 2018. 

As leading advisors to domestic and international clients at every stage of the funding cycle, ranging from small seed-rounds to later-stage investments, we are at the forefront of developments in the CVC area.

CVC investors and companies face unique deal issues and legal complexities that arise during investments and transactions. Our thorough understanding of the complete venture ecosystem enables us to think outside the box and secure innovative transactions for our clients, whilst taking into account the CVC investors' strategic priorities and risk profile. 

Through a combination of leading regulatory and commercial expertise in a number of sectors spanning automotive, energy & utilities, financial services, life sciences and healthcare, media, entertainment and sport, retail and consumer to technology and communications, we bring true market leading expertise to the table.

Our Corporate Venturing team forms part of our Venture Capital group, which is top-ranked in the latest edition of The Legal 500. We are market leaders in the UK, a key player in the European market and well known to the leading investors in Europe, Asia and the US.

In 2018 alone our UK venture capital practice advised on over 170 venture capital transactions. Some highlights from across the firm include:

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