Our work spans a wide range of technology sectors and activities. For example:
Funding: We do significant numbers of funding rounds (in 2011 we advised on 38 technology funding deals). For example, we advised Atlas Genetics its £16.9m funding round, led by Novartis Ventures.
Grants: We have been at the heart of the Government’s drive to develop and enhance the UK’s knowledge economy, for example advising the BBSRC on its grants of £44m to the Babraham Research Campus and £26m to the Norwich Research Park.
Exit: We have assisted local technology companies to exit by way of trade sale to a number of multinationals including Google. We try to make sure that our clients are squeaky clean in terms of IP and commercial due diligence before they even get to an exit. Once clients get a chance to exit, we discuss the terms of the offer with them, and make sure it works from a tax point of view for shareholders.
Outsourcing: We have a wide-ranging practice covering IT, infrastructure and business process outsourcing. We act for Convergys/Netcracker, a global outsourcing company. Our assignments include preparing a suite of licence, service and outsourcing agreements for use in EMEA and APAC, together with negotiation toolkits for the business and business unit training. On the buy-side we have recently helped Emap negotiate an IT infrastructure and services deal.
Cloud-computing: We act for Rackspace, a multinational cloud-based data storage provider. Our support has included preparing and advising on customer contracts, privacy and data protection advice on large customer contracts and partner agreements and advising on the acquisition of data centres.
Licensing: The exploitation of technology is at the heart of our practice and this includes ‘big ticket’ out-licensing of cutting-edge technology to multinationals, for example advising Heptares on its deal with AstraZeneca involving milestone payments of up to £180m.
Data: Policies are often far too long and detailed to be absorbed as general knowledge and in the event of emergency are often ignored. We recently advised a client in the semi-conductor industry on policies and training in particular to address international transfers of personal data. We have also advised around the potential use of binding corporate rules to facilitate international data transfers within a group.
Employment: Our Employment team works for technology companies ranging from start-ups to FTSE 100 Multinationals. Our work ranges from ensuring start-ups are on a sound footing when it comes to protection from ex-employees to advising multinationals like ARM on employment issues around the creation of a joint venture company with employees across multiple countries.
Property: We act for Biomed Realty, a US-based company, who recently acquired Granta Park in Cambridge for £127 million. This is a major regional and internationally renowned science park offering, among other matters, top-quality bespoke lab space. We support Biomed in their work for the day-to-day management of the park and also wider commercial matters on this, their first expansion overseas. The site contains over 472,000 sq ft of tech space across 11 buildings. Biomed currently owns or has interest in over 13 million square feet of rentable space in the US relating to the life science sector. We have since advised them on numerous commercial and property matters.
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