Asia is a highly diverse region and the regulatory landscape can be complex to navigate. Whether you are a fund, investor or tech company specialising in fintech, medtech, insurtech, food tech, mediatech, etc, we have the necessary expertise to help you traverse the regulatory, compliance and licencing landscape across the region and globally.
Launch of Withers Tech in Asia
The technology and startup scene in Asia is growing rapidly, with an increasing amount of investments and a rising number of unicorns emerging. To service the complex and ever-growing needs of the sector, we are pleased to announce the launch of Withers tech in Asia.
We are one of the few international law firms in Asia that provide a full range of advice to the technology and investment funds sector. Whether you are an entrepreneur, investor, venture capitalist, investment fund, or a high growth technology company, our specialist team has the experience working with all stakeholders in the tech ecosystem in Asia, and bring with them deep insights to help you achieve your commercial objectives.
From investors, fund managers, family offices, tech companies to successful tech company founders, we have the depth and breadth of experience to journey with you in Asia's thriving and vibrant technology startup ecosystem.
The startup scene in Asia is growing rapidly, with an increasing number of unicorns emerging in the region. The startup ecosystem in the region is vibrant and vigorous, comprising amongst others, angel investors, entrepreneurs-turned-mentors, venture capitalists, investment funds, accelerators and incubators, backed by numerous government programmes eager to create a conducive environment for tech startups to flourish.
We have a long history of working with private investors, family offices, venture capitalists and successful tech founders. With our experience in funds and tax, we have particular strength in helping investors structure their investments to meet their investment objectives and have been engaged in deals involving some of the region’s most promising tech ventures, some of whom having achieved unicorn status. We work with clients not only during the investment phase, but are dedicated to the continued success of their ventures, working with the tech companies to protect and commercialize their cutting edge technologies (ranging from AI to blockchain), and advising them on their corporate and commercial matters, as well as in dispute resolution.
We have a full understanding of the tech startup ecosystem in Asia and have worked with all stakeholders in the ecosystem, across all stages of the life cycle of a tech company. We are committed to the technology sector and have a dedicated group of over 20 lawyers across the region with deep experience in the full range of legal areas, such as funds, tax, corporate and intellectual property, focused on serving the tech sector.
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Our areas of experience
Regulatory and licencing
We provide market-leading capabilities on the entire life cycle of a venture capital fund. In Asia, we host an integrated team of funds lawyers specialising in the legal, regulatory and international tax advisory aspects of fundraising, marketing, formation, management and investment.
Fundraising, investment and exit
Our Withers tech team in Asia has the depth and diversity of knowledge to advise on all areas of capital deployment, including private equity, venture capital and corporate and M&A transactions. We also regularly assist tech company founders in structuring financing rounds to maximize the value of their venture, protect their commercial interest and importantly, to facilitate ease in executing future financing rounds.
Regardless of your preferred exit strategies, our team of professionals at Withers tech is able to help you seamlessly structure and execute successful exits for your investments. We also have an exemplary record in advising successful tech entrepreneurs on their personal matters including international tax planning, international trust structuring and tax planning/family office, structuring their next venture, or investments into other ventures, immigration, matrimonial advice, philanthropy, as well as trusts and succession planning.
Management and growth
Growing and scaling the business of the tech venture is key in maximizing the potential of your investment. To help maximize and protect the value of your investment, our Withers tech team can advise you on the appropriate corporate structure for institutional investors yet protecting founders’ interest; how to protect the intellectual property of your proprietary technology and brand; how to successfully negotiate corporate and commercial contracts entered into with third parties to best protect your interests; implementing best-in-class data protection practices and policies; designing employment contracts and policies; exploring relevant issues and potential structures to use for scaling and expanding your business into other jurisdictions; and how best to manage dispute resolution.
With an unrivalled team of more than 150 corporate and personal tax lawyers, Withers is always ready to assist in domestic and international tax planning. Our advice is knowledgeable, reliable and solution-focused. We excel in solving cross-border and multi-jurisdictional issues, providing domestic and international businesses, both publicly or privately owned, tax efficient strategies.
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