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Our venture capital and private equity team are recognised by clients for providing sensible, commercial advice tailored to meet the specific needs of each investment in a cost-effective manner and for not just presenting clients with options, but for making recommendations and suggestions based on our expertise and practice head Penelope Garden is recognised in Legal 500 for her "notable expertise in private equity and venture capital work".
We frequently work for venture capital funds and angel investors as well as companies looking to raise capital through venture capital investment. We are experienced in balancing the sometimes competing desires of companies to maintain autonomy in their day to day operations and decision making with the requirements of investors to be able to monitor their investment and exercise a degree of control or influence over certain material decisions.
Whilst we advise clients across a range of sectors on venture capital and private equity investments as a result of our location at the heart of the Thames Valley we inevitably advise a large number of clients in the technology sector on investments. Our commercial contracts and IP team work alongside the venture capital team to help fully understand the business and add value.
We seek to build long-term relationships with our clients advising them throughout the lifecycle of the business from the early stages of starting up the business through their fundraising cycle and development of the business to their eventual successful exit.
As well as advising on venture capital investments the team frequently advises management teams on private equity backed buy-outs calling on the specialist knowledge where required from elsewhere in the firm including our tax, banking and employment specialists. Head of the group Penelope Garden previously spent a number of years working in London specialising in advising private equity houses on their investments. This gives management teams the benefit of being able to understand the perspective of the private equity house when we are advising on private equity backed management buy-outs.
Field Seymour Parkes is a member of the UK British Angels Association.