Iain Cockburn

Partner | London

Iain is a partner in the corporate team

He joined the firm from JAG Shaw Baker when they merged with Withers to create a new legal offering, Withers tech, in 2018.

Iain’s practice is focused on venture capital financings, advising VC firms, entrepreneurs and high-growth companies on investments at all stages of a company’s life cycle. In addition, Iain provides ongoing legal and strategic support to venture-backed companies, working closely with founders and management throughout the expansion of their business.

Iain has worked alongside Susanna Stanfield as part of the team that was involved in the publication of the British Venture Capital Association model form documentation for Series A financings and is responsible for the CPD programme for corporate and venture capital lawyers within the firm.

Secretary Nicola O'Connor

Track record


Acted for lead investor, Draper Esprit, on the $83M Series B financing of Thought Machine, a UK fintech building cloud-native technology for banks.

Acted for ETF Partners, who led a £70M investment into E-Leather, a UK-based company developing patented high-tech materials technology.

Acted for lead investor, Gauss Ventures, on the $55M Series B financing of Curve, a UK fintech whose platform consolidates multiple cards and accounts into one card and one app.

England and Wales, 2009



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