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JAG Shaw Baker is launched

JAG Shaw Baker has announced its launch as a European law firm dedicated to venture capital and advising entrepreneurs, companies and investors in high growth industries. The founding partners of the firm, experienced venture capital lawyers James Shaw and Tina Baker, are combining their experience in technology, life sciences and clean tech sectors to work with emerging growth companies and their investors globally. Clients of the firm include international early and late stage institutional investors, angel investors, family offices and high growth companies in all sectors.

PRESS RELEASE

JAG Shaw Baker is pleased to announce its launch as one of the first law firms in Europe dedicated to venture capital and advising entrepreneurs, companies and investors in high growth industries. With one of the largest and most experienced venture capital law teams in Europe, the boutique firm is uniquely positioned to serve the growth company sector in the UK and the US.

The founding partners of the firm, experienced venture capital lawyers James Shaw and Tina Baker, are combining their experience in technology, life sciences and clean tech sectors to work with emerging growth companies and their investors globally. Clients of the firm include international early and late stage institutional investors, angel investors, family offices and high growth companies in all sectors.

James Shaw comments: “Starting JAG Shaw Baker was a demand-driven decision. As entrepreneurship continued to flourish across Europe, we received increasing approaches for legal support. Our clients wanted a legal team with a deep understanding of the nuances of entrepreneurial businesses and venture capital deals. It became clear that it made sense to start a boutique firm focused solely on this market.”

Shaw and Baker are joined by three other partners: Richard Penfold (formerly of Brown Rudnick) as Head of the Intellectual Property practice, Susanna Stanfield (formerly of Taylor Wessing) as corporate Partner with a particular focus on Cambridge, and Morven Greig as Managing Partner. In addition, Charles Crosthwaite, also formerly of Brown Rudnick, heads the M&A and IPO practice, and the firm is bolstered by a dedicated support team. JAG Shaw Baker is hiring and will continue to grow the team.

JAG Shaw Baker’s primary focus is corporate and commercial law for venture-backed companies and their range of investors. The team’s breadth of experience can support the entire life cycle of traditional venture-backed companies from seed stage through growth capital investment rounds and M&A, to IPO and other exit routes. It includes support securing and commercialising IP, corporate governance and on-going operational activity.

The firm is making intellectual property and technology rights a cornerstone of the practice to support their client base.

Tina Baker comments: “JAG Shaw Baker is passionate about great people and great businesses with disruptive ideas and technologies and in helping them operate on a global scale.”

“Our decision to start the firm illustrates the maturation of the European venture/growth capital ecosystem. We are very optimistic of its continued growth and have chosen a team of exceptional lawyers who are dedicated to and experienced in servicing this sector. We are so pleased to be attracting outstanding clients from the start, and believe our unique offering and capabilities will fuel our continued growth.”

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About JAG Shaw Baker:

JAG Shaw Baker is a law firm dedicated to advising entrepreneurs, companies and investors in high-growth industries, becoming the firm of choice for many top European investors and high-growth companies.

JAG Shaw Baker was founded in 2013 when the boutique venture capital and private equity firm JAG Shaw was joined by leading technology venture capital lawyer Tina Baker from Brown Rudnick.

The JAG Shaw Baker team is highly experienced in this sector and comprises UK and US qualified lawyers who advise on transactions between US venture firms and European companies at a market-leading level.

Clients range from established/listed companies to early stage start-up companies in the life sciences, clean tech and technology sectors.

JAG Shaw Baker advises on venture capital and other corporate finance transactions, corporate structuring and restructuring, intellectual property, growth and exit strategies, due diligence, and corporate governance. It also acts as general counsel for high growth companies.

The firm’s intellectual property practice covers the range of rights benefiting companies in innovative industries, their commercialisation, exploitation and enforcement, covering contentious and non-contentious issues relating to patents, trademarks, copyright and other IP rights.

JAG Shaw Baker has been nominated in the category of Service Provider of the Year in the forthcoming Investor AllStars event being held in London on 25 September 2013.

Recent transactions include:
· TransferWise – Series A equity financing by Index Ventures, Valar Ventures, SV Angel and Kima Ventures.
· Egalet – Series B equity financing by CLS Capital, Atlas Ventures, Index Ventures and Omega Funds.
· Nujira – Series E equity financing by Climate Change Capital, Enviromental Technologies Fund, NES Partners and Amadeus Capital Partners.
· Fits.me Virtual Fitting Room – Series A equity financing by Conor Venture Partners, Smart Cap and The Entrepreneurs Fund.
· Glysure – Series C equity financing by Amadeus Capital Partners, Delta Partners, Morningside Venture and Chester Investments.
· Sensinode OY – Sale of entire issued share capital to ARM Holdings PLC.

About James Shaw:
James Shaw is a co-founder of JAG Shaw Baker, with over 14 years of international venture capital and private equity transactional experience. James qualified as a solicitor in Scotland in 2000 and has formerly worked at both SJ Berwin LLP and as a Partner of Brown Rudnick LLP. A graduate of both St Andrews University (BSc hons) and Edinburgh University (LL.B.), James was a key member of the BVCA committee responsible for preparing model venture investment documents. James is also general counsel to a number of companies, including Grampian BioPartners –a specialist life science investment syndicate – and to a Malaysian oncology business with its lead product in Phase III clinical trials.

About Tina Baker:
Tina Baker has almost 20 years of experience representing venture capital funds and emerging technology companies on international financings, exits and commercial transactions. Before co-founding JAG Shaw Baker, she was the chair of the European Emerging Technologies and Venture Capital Practice in the London office of Brown Rudnick, an international law firm. Tina is a US and UK qualified lawyer and has been active with Seedcamp, currently serving as a member of its Advisory Board and as a mentor since its formation in 2007. Tina is often called on to speak and judge pitches at start-up events and was “highly commended” as Best Start-up Advisor/Mentor by “The Europas” in 2011. She is also currently listed as a “Key Individual” for Private Equity and Venture Capital Investments in Chambers UK 2012 and noted in the Legal 500 UK and in Thomson Reuters’ UK Super Lawyers publication 2013.

About Richard Penfold:
Richard is Head of Intellectual Property at JAG Shaw Baker. Richard has almost 20 years of experience advising clients on how to protect, exploit, enforce and manage intellectual property and technology assets, having qualified as a solicitor in England in 1994. Richard’s experience covers a broad cross-section of intellectual property and technology matters involving, among others, trademarks, patents, data protection, cybersquatting, licensing and franchising, copyrights, design rights, database rights, personality and image rights and advertising and marketing regulatory issues.
Prior to joining JAG Shaw Baker, Richard was a partner at Harbottle & Lewis, DLA, and latterly was head of Brown Rudnick’s European Intellectual Property practice. Richard is recommended in Chambers UK 2013 for intellectual property and in Thomson Reuters’ UK Super Lawyers publication 2013.

About Susanna Stanfield:
Susanna Stanfield is a corporate and venture capital lawyer at JAG Shaw Baker, having qualified in 1998 in Canada and in 1999 in England. Susanna joined JAG Shaw Baker at the start of 2012, bringing with her an expertise in both corporate and venture capital law. She previously spent over 10 years at Taylor Wessing LLP as special counsel with a focus on venture capital, corporate governance and M&A. Susanna advises venture capital funds in the life sciences, information technology and clean tech sectors as well as early stage and technology companies. In particular, she has acted for a number of Cambridge-based companies and investors. Over the years, she has been actively involved in the model investment documents for the BVCA and co-authored the Venture Capital Handbook in the UK for PLC magazine. Susanna was named in Chambers 2013 as a notable practitioner for life sciences transactions in the UK.

About Morven Greig:
Morven Greig was appointed Managing Partner of JAG Shaw Baker in June 2013. Morven is an intellectual property and technology lawyer and qualified as a solicitor in Scotland in 2001. Morven is experienced in drafting a broad range of IP licences, R&D agreements, collaborations, service agreements and conducting IP due diligence for corporate transactions. Before joining JAG Shaw Baker, Morven was with DLA in London. Morven sits on the board of the Society of Scottish Lawyers in London.

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Eliza Dabney
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