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With extensive experience working in top-tier corporate law firms in Melbourne, London and most recently in Adelaide, James brings much sought-after skills specialising in public and private M&A, equity capital markets and advising on listed company compliance and corporate governance. James recently led the Kain Lawyers teams advising: SeaLink Travel Group Limited (ASX: SLK) on its $125 million acquisition of Transit Systems Marine, and the associated capital raising of $51 million, and ...
Gerry has over 20 years experience in advising on all aspects of corporate and securities law. He specialises in mergers and acquisitions and capital raising for both private and publicly listed companies. Gerry is regularly recognised by his peers, being awarded 'Best Lawyers', Lawyer of the Year in Adelaide for M&A law in 2014 and Commercial Law in 2013.
John is the founder and Managing Director of Kain Lawyers.He has over 25 years’ experience in corporate advisory, private equity, capital markets (in listed and unlisted companies and trusts) and mergers and acquisitions. His experience in advising public and private companies and investment funds has seen him consistently ranked by peers and clients as one of South Australia’s leading corporate lawyers. John is a Fellow of the AICD and has served on a number of boards, including ...
Loretta Reynolds has been a Partner of the firm since 1998 and was elected Chair in 2007. While her main focus is on her funds management/mergers & acquisitions practice, she also has executive responsibility for client development and relationships in all markets. Loretta is individually recognised in Chambers Asia Pacific (2013, 2014 – 2016) in the Private Equity category for her “ extensive experience in fund formation, handling of buyouts, and work for superannuation funds...
David leads the firm's Corporate Group in Sydney. He is an experienced and well regarded legal adviser to listed public companies, private equity funds, large and medium sized private companies, and other business entities. David works extensively with the CEOs, CFOs, Executive Directors, and other executives of his clients who value his commitment to, and focus on, maximising the commercial outcomes they seek. David's expertise includes takeovers, private equity transactions, capital raising...
Venture Capital Law Definition
Venture capital is money that is provided to fund early stage, emerging growth businesses. Those businesses are typically ones with high growth potential, but with commensurate higher risk profiles. They usually have novel technology or business models in growth industries such as e-commerce, IT, mobile applications, clean technology, life sciences, and specialty pharmaceuticals. Venture capital is invested in exchange for equity in the business and typically occurs after the seed funding round. Venture capital is typically sought by relatively new, privately held companies that face difficulty in raising capital by other means, such as from banks or the public markets.
Venture capital lawyers advise venture capital investors, target companies, or a company’s founders at all stages of the investment cycle. They can assist with the establishment of private equity funds, structuring of private equity investments, undertaking legal due diligence on investments, negotiating and documenting of venture capital acquisitions, shareholder agreements, and management incentive plans. They often negotiate and document strategic partnership transactions (such as intellectual property licensing, research and development partnerships, and joint ventures), management buy-outs, leveraged buy-outs, and advise on exit transactions via IPOs, trade sales, or share sales.
Venture capital lawyers are usually the first point of call for emerging growth businesses who will require pragmatic, decisive advice on a broad range of issues, including general corporate governance, intellectual property matters, employment matters, and debt financing and regulatory issues.
Venture capital lawyers must also possess strong commercial acumen and have an understanding of the client’s technology and industry so that they can makes calls on relevant issues and deliver agreed commercial objectives on time and budget and with the minimum of disruption to their clients’ businesses.
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