Expert venture and growth capital law firm

Blake Morgan is an expert venture capital law firm with nationwide offices. Our legal experts are recognised as leaders in their field and can provide specialist expertise to support entrepreneurial founders, high growth companies and their investors. We pride ourselves on building long-standing relationships with successful businesses and their owner managers, from start-ups, founders and management buyout teams to more established businesses preparing for exit.

Blake Morgan also regularly acts for a wide range of institutional investors ranging across business angels, institutional funds, VC and growth capital investors that fund those businesses.

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Main Areas Of Practice


Our award winning team of venture capital solicitors are recognised as leaders in their field and are experts at providing advice to business owners, management teams and investors in early-stage, high growth and disruptive businesses, including:

Formation

We advise on the most advantageous corporate or equity structure for your business. Our legal experts ensure that arrangements between founders are properly addressed and advise on tax implications and ensure that the business is investor ready.

Management Buyouts

We advise management teams on all legal aspects of the management buyout including funding, shareholder and employment agreements, tax clearances and acquisition documents.

Investments

Our legal experts have decades of experience in advising investors and investee companies in connection with venture capital and growth capital investment, from early-stage and seed funding to second round funding and beyond. We will ensure that your interests are properly protected across all aspects of the investment documents, from investment agreements, warrants, loan stock and other associated documents.

Shareholder Agreements and Articles of Association

Governance documents are of critical importance for early-stage investments. Our growth capital experts will ensure that we can provide tailored documents at a cost which is appropriate for early-stage or start-up clients.

EIS and SEIS relief

Our expert tax and VC lawyers can provide advice on compliance with EIS and SEIS legislation and assist with advance clearance applications to ensure that all available tax reliefs are taken advantage of as part of any funding round.

Full service legal support to VC backed and high growth companies

Our expert venture capital solicitors can call upon specialist expertise across all legal sectors, from real estate, employment, commercial contracts, licensing, intellectual property, tax and employee incentives, to provide full support for businesses at all stages in their life. Our experts are on hand to provide prompt, cost-effective, tailored advice to you and your company.

Share buy-backs and structuring

We can provide advice and guidance on equity structuring arrangements, share buy-backs and other share capital arrangements.

Exits

Our specialist teams regularly advise management teams, founders and institutional investors on exits from high growth, venture capital backed businesses and can provide the full range of support as part of any transaction structure ranging from trade sale, secondary buyout or IPO.

Our Clients


Blake Morgan acts for entrepreneurs, start-ups, management teams and high growth, disruptive businesses.
Blake Morgan also acts for a wide range of institutional investors ranging across business angels, institutional funds, VC and growth capital investors that fund those businesses.

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"The excellent team at Blake Morgan provided a fantastic service and demonstrated an absolute commitment to our best interests throughout the process; they were available for advice and support at any time and have firmly established themselves as a trusted expert partner.”
- Richard Scott, Founder, Mobile Computing Systems Ltd


“Richard Jones and the team walked me carefully through the process of acquisition – not something I had done before. Complex mechanisms and the decisions I needed to make were translated into plain language and I felt very well supported with sound advice. The acquisition was as painless as these things can be, thanks to Richard and the team at Blake Morgan.”
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Highlights


Acting for an institutional investor in connection with early-stage equity investment and subsequent £10m follow-on funding round, including a partial sell-down, into UK based fintech start-up.


Acting for the founder shareholders of award winning Welsh manufacturer and former winner of the Welsh start-up of the year, Brighter Foods, in connection with the sale of a majority interest to AIM listed purchaser.


Acting for award winning mobile consumables start-up in connection with early-stage VC investment, follow-on funding round and equity restructure in connection with a partial sell-down by one of the founder shareholders.


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