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Venture Capital and Growth

DWF regularly acts as trusted advisers to the different participants within the venture capital and growth capital industry on the full span of activities affecting them throughout their lifecycles. Our clients in the industry include: equity and debt funds, angel investors, corporate venture capital investors, growth companies, accelerators, incubators, and funding platforms.

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As the largest Venture Capital group of any law firm in the UK with over 75 lawyers in 10 offices, we act for some of the most high-profile investors and companies at the centre of global financial and technological innovation. Drawing on the breadth and depth of our relationships in the industry enables us to utilise both our relationships and our market knowledge to our clients' benefit.  We have a deep understanding of the strategic goals and organisational constraints of investors and growth companies on transactions, and offer clear, practical and commercial legal advice with these in mind.
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How we can help you

We provide comprehensive legal services to all participants in the venture capital industry.  Our capability spans all aspects of venture capital activity, including:

We also have a dedicated corporate venture capital (CVC) practice to support the needs of CVC investors and investee companies.

Our venture debt team also cover the full scope of debt transactions in the industry including:

Our Tax team is recognised in the market for high-quality and pragmatic advice. It provides bespoke tax advice on the suitability, availability and implementation of venture capital tax reliefs designed to encourage tax-efficient investment, including seed enterprise investment schemes, enterprise investment schemes and venture capital trusts. The team also provides a wide range of general tax advice to investors and investee companies.

Working closely with colleagues from other complementary practices, we ensure every angle of your deal is scoped, planned and executed. We provide market leading advice on:

The team has deep-rooted experience in the venture capital market meaning our experts consistently deliver commercial, innovative and pragmatic, yet straightforward advice to investors and companies in venture capital transactions.

Integration of Technology

We integrate technology into every stage of the legal process to improve collaboration with our clients, to improve service level, enable efficiencies and ultimately reduce cost. Our technologies include:

  1. DWF Disclosure: This online tool allows advisors and clients to feed into the disclosure letter simultaneously, thereby cutting down on administration and creating clear audit trails;
  2. DWF Diligence: A digital platform to centrally manage the due diligence process. It allows our clients to feed into the scoping process to create automated and bespoke due diligence reports which are customised by risk levels and/or specific business areas; and
  3. DWF Complete: A live system allowing us to track real-time progress of the status of documents.

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