The Withers tech venture capital practice spans our offices across Europe (London; Milan), the US (Boston; New York; San Francisco; Los Angeles) and APAC (Singapore; Hong Kong), offering a uniquely global solution to our clients.

Withers tech’s venture capital lawyers advise clients at all stages of the funding lifecycle, including:

• Growth and later stage funding rounds (Series B+)
• Early stage funding rounds (Seed / Series A)
• Venture debt
• M&A
• Bridge financings (including convertible notes, Safes, advance subscriptions)
Technology transfers & university spin-outs

The Withers tech venture capital team sits alongside the firm’s other market-leading practices serving founders and emerging companies.

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2021 Legal 500, Venture Capital (Tier 2)

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Gauss Ventures – investment into Curve

Curve is one of the UK's leading fintech companies, having developed a platform that lets its customers consolidate all of their bank cards into a single Curve card and app to make it easier to manage spending and access other benefits. It recently raised a US$55M Series B financing, on which Withers tech advised lead investor, Gauss Ventures, a venture capital fund based in London focusing on fintech and the data economy.

The Business of Fashion Ltd

Long-standing client, The Business of Fashion Ltd (BoF), is a leading media company covering the fashion and luxury sector. It recently completed a Series B financing led by the Financial Times, on which several of BoF's key existing investors, including Index Ventures and Felix Capital, also participated. Withers tech was proud to have acted for BoF on this exciting new partnership.

Festicket Limited

Festicket is the world's largest portal for music festival experiences, providing music fans with a seamless service to book ticket and travel packages for music festivals worldwide. We have been proud to work with Festicket throughout its journey, most recently in connection with its $10.5 Series D funding, as well as its acquisition of Ticket Arena and Event Genius, which will allow Festicket to incorporate additional services into its offering (including self-service ticketing and POS cashless payments).

Snyk Limited

Snyk is a London and Boston-based company that focuses on identifying and developing security solutions for developers. We advised the company on its recent $70M funding round, led by Accel and with participation from existing investors GV and Boldstart, with such funding intended to support the company as it scales its operations on a global basis.

Symphony Ventures Limited

Longstanding client Symphony Ventures is a global consulting and managed services firm, specialising in Intelligent Automation (IA) and Robotics Process Automation (RPA). In October 2019 Symphony was purchased by US based Sykes Enterprises, Incorporated, and we were delighted to advise the company's founders and investors in connection with this sale.

Grab

As a lead investor in the US$100 million Series B investment in LinkAja, an Indonesian state-owned e-wallet operator. This was the first investment by a private enterprise into LinkAja and is a landmark transaction for Grab as part of its efforts to consolidate its position in the Indonesian e-wallet /digital payments space.

Sofar Sounds Limited

Sofar Sounds transforms everyday spaces (typically living rooms) into venues for immersive and personal live events, bringing artists and their fans close together and putting on 600 shows per month in 430 cities worldwide. As a long-standing client we were delighted to support them on their recent $25M round, led by Battery Ventures and Union Square Ventures.

Kejora Ventures

(i) Indonesian logistics business SiCepat Ekspres Indonesia's blockbuster USD 170 million Series B fundraising; and (ii) an associated secondary purchase of shares in SiCepat Ekspres from existing shareholders

EDB New Ventures

The venture-building arm of the Singapore Economic Development Board (EDB), in establishing energy management company NaviX Solutions, alongside energy and automation multinational Schneider Electric.

Altara Ventures

In its Series A investment into Sampingan, an Indonesian-based start up.

Alami Technologies

On its USD 20 million fundraising led by AC Ventures, Golden Gate Ventures, and Quona Capital. Alami Technologies is Indonesia's largest licensed Shariah-compliant peer-to-peer lender, and provides access to Shariah-compliant debt capital for micro, small and medium enterprises in Indonesia, as well as lending opportunities to individuals and financial institutions in Southeast Asia.

Grab

In drafting the strategic collaboration agreement with a leading venture capital firm in relation to the launch of Grab Ventures Ignite (GVI), the Vietnamese extension of its flagship accelerator programme, Grab Ventures, dedicated to Vietnamese early-stage startups and aimed at encouraging technology entrepreneurship and supporting the growth of Vietnam’s startup ecosystem.

Two Series C investors

In a round of funding by a global e-commerce platform based in Singapore. The investors included one of the world's largest international mail, shipping and distribution organisations and a venture capital subsidiary owned by an Indonesia listed company.

JustCo Holdings (JCH) and JustGroup Holdings

On the proposed combination of the businesses of the two entities into JCH. As transaction counsel, we also act for the clients in the (i) sale by an existing fund manager investor of its post-combination stake in JCH; and (ii) proposed investment into post-combination JCH by Daito Trust, a major Japanese real estate player.

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The Withers team have helped us for many years through investment completion, in-licensing multiple technologies and with our commercialisation activities. They are our trusted lawyers who provide the right pragmatic and practical advice and we very much value their support as we grow our business.

Medovate
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We founded Crane in order to serve founders. We enjoy partnering with Withers Tech as they share our philosophy in service to founders and companies. They hold deep insights and go above and beyond for founders, which is unique.

Crane Venture Partners
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Withers tech have been with us through thick and thin. I trust them completely. They are so in-twined in our business. I see it as a personal relationship.

Mark Davis, CEO – Mologic Ltd
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I see Withers tech as more of a sparring partner than my lawyers. We spend time thinking through different scenarios and discussing how certain decisions could positively or negatively impact the future of Meatable, and this process crystallised our priorities. Sharmela finds the exact right balance between being the ‘formal lawyer’, and being pragmatic and thinking proactively.

Krijn De Nood, CEO – Meatable DV
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Very experienced in US & UK venture capital deals; adept at supporting emerging VC firms; professional; have gone beyond the call to deliver; technical capability very sound too.

Legal 500, 2021
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Their knowledge of the industry is very deep. Their contacts and network are really valuable. They have seen most things before we do. They have been doing this type of advice for so long that they just know it.

Robin Klein, Co-Founder and General Partner - LocalGlobe
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Personal, detailed and quick. Withers tech provide solutions to problems whilst still ensuring we are fully protected.

Johan Indot, Co-Founder and Executive Director - Bioven Group
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We at Lexicom Technology pride ourselves on our technical expertise and our transparent client relationships. Withers have been key advisors since our inception in 2006. Over the years they have provided invaluable advice to our growing business, representing us on both commercial and private client matters and over a wide range of subjects ranging from domestic property law to international commercial negotiation. They are eminently approachable and always extremely responsive to our enquires. In any arena they have provided a consistently substantial upper hand. I cannot recommend them enough.

David Sunney - Lexicom
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I believe Withers has an enormous expertise, in depth knowledge of VC practice and ability to guide companies and entrepreneurs in securing the best deals and help them in negotiating process which is set for the best outcome for the client. It is fundamentally the legal leadership aspect that was the most compelling in our case, to help us navigate in a complex set of circumstances for the best result possible.

Legal 500, 2021

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