Iain Cockburn


Iain is a partner in the Withers tech corporate team.

He has a specialist practice advising venture capital investors and venture-backed companies operating in the innovation economy.

Iain has over ten years’ experience advising investors, companies and founders on venture capital financings, from seed stage through to later stages, with a particular focus on companies scaling up at the Series A/B stage and beyond.

Iain also advises on other types of transaction commonly used in the industry, including convertible bridge rounds (Safes; ASAs; convertible notes), venture debt transactions, and venture-backed M&A.

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 coordinates the technology and venture capital special interest group within the firm.


I have worked with Iain Cockburn, a leading partner at Withers, an experience which was great in terms of confidence and leadership that Iain and his team brought to our legal dealings.

Legal 500, 2021

Easy to work with, extremely responsive, fantastic critical thinking and ability to find workable solutions to complex problems. Iain Cockburn has been a phenomenal partner to work with.

Legal 500, 2021

Track record


Acted for lead investor, Draper Esprit, on the $125M 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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