2018 Sponsors

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GP Bullhound



GP Bullhound is a leading technology advisory and investment firm, providing transaction advice and capital to the best entrepreneurs and founders. Founded in 1999, the firm today has offices in London, San Francisco, Stockholm, Berlin, Manchester, Paris, Hong Kong, Madrid and New York. For more information, please visit www.gpbullhound.com, or follow on Twitter @GPBullhound



Growth Business is an invaluable resource for entrepreneurs and leaders of fast-growth enterprises. It offers a goldmine of practical information, insights and inspiration for established businesses which are achieving rapid expansion, helping them overcome obstacles to their growth and maximise their potential.

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With more than 1,800 technology clients, Orrick is a leading global law firm renowned for its experience as a specialist adviser to high-growth technology companies and lead investors in the industry. We regularly advise industry leaders, from incubation through their strategic exit and other growth opportunities. We are able to offer diverse resources, including expert knowledge accrued from years of intimate work with founders, deep-rooted relationships with venture capitalists and angel investors, as well as critical insight into this rapidly evolving and increasingly competitive marketplace.

Our dominant presence in London and Silicon Valley as well as other leading technology markets such as Los Angeles, New York, Paris, San Francisco and the Far East, sets us apart from our peer firms. With 25 offices throughout Europe, Asia and the US, and an affiliated office in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire, our global footprint enables us to scale with our local emerging technology clients and offer seamless service as they grow and expand. We put our network to work for our clients – wherever they are in the world.

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Award Sponsors


Barclays is a transatlantic consumer and wholesale bank with global reach, offering products and services across personal, corporate and investment banking, credit cards and wealth management, with a strong presence in our two home markets of the UK and the US.

With over 325 years of history and expertise in banking, Barclays operates in over 40 countries and employs approximately 85,000 people. Barclays moves, lends, invests and protects money for customers and clients worldwide.


berenbergBerenberg is the world’s second-oldest bank, founded in 1590. Headquartered in Hamburg, we have been servicing clients for more than 420 years. We have a unique ownership structure, being family and privately owned and led by three managing partners who have unlimited liability which extends for a further five years after their retirement. Such a structure allows for long-term, entrepreneurial thinking aligned to our clients. Today, Berenberg is a modern and full-service private, investment and corporate bank with an integrated approach to private and institutional clients. We are financially strong with a core capital ratio of 14.4 per cent and assets under management of some €28.2 billion. Our 1,116 employees operate in 17 locations across eight countries: Germany, France, the UK, Switzerland, Luxembourg, Austria, China and the US.

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Bird & Bird

Bird & Bird is an international law firm which has been at the forefront of tech innovations since its origins. Our core focus is on emerging disruptive technologies and industries transformed by its use. We advise some of the most innovative companies in the technology sector, from pioneering start-ups to longstanding tech giants.

Our venture capital experts advise investors, companies, founders and growth debt providers at every stage of the funding cycle. We are truly global, with over 2,000 people working as a single, cohesive team across 28 offices in Australia, Belgium, Chain, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Poland, Singapore, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, the UAE and the UK. Our VC experts are well known to leading industry investors across Europe, Asia and the US.



Cooley’s lawyers solve legal issues for entrepreneurs, investors, financial institutions and established companies. Clients partner with Cooley on transformative deals, complex IP and regulatory matters, and high-stakes litigation, often where innovation meets the law.

The firm is known for working with startups to launch dynamic new ventures and take them forward. We have been at it since the venture industry began, having formed America’s first venture fund in Silicon Valley in 1958 and having launched in Palo Alto in 1980. Though we started as a California firm, our roots extend deep into every single innovation centre in the United States and London, Shanghai and Beijing. We provide sophisticated counsel to venture capital funds and VC-backed emerging companies in connection with their fundraising, governance and investment activities.

Cooley has 900 lawyers across 13 offices in the United States, China and Europe.


JAG Shaw Baker

Founded in 2013, JAG Shaw Baker is a strategic law firm that has become central to the European technology and venture capital ecosystem in advising entrepreneurs, companies and investors in high-growth markets including the life sciences, clean tech and digital technology sectors.

We provide a collaborative culture that gives our clients access to exceptional commercial legal advice, deep industry expertise and an understanding of how to build a business from inception through to successful exit. From start-up, scale-up or speed-up to high-growth, late stage, M&A, and post-IPO, our UK and US lawyers have extensive expertise in representing UK and European companies, and representing US and European investors and strategic buyers, on quality transactions.

Taylor Wessing

Taylor Wessing is a full-service international law firm, working with clients in the world’s most dynamic industries. The firm takes a single-minded approach to advising its clients, helping them succeed by thinking innovatively about their business issues. Taylor Wessing has leading expertise in technology, media and communications; life sciences; private wealth and energy. The firm’s 30 offices around the world blend the best of local commercial, industry and cultural knowledge with international experience to provide proactive, integrated solutions for our clients.  


Shoosmiths LLP is one of the most active law firms in the VC market, advising on more than 100 VC deals across the UK in the past 12 months, including the Octopus Ventures led $26m investment in Digital Shadows and Matillion’s $20m series B financing.

What sets us apart is our national VC coverage with expert teams in the major regional markets of London, Oxfordshire and Thames Valley, Birmingham and the Midlands, Leeds, Manchester, the South Coast, and Scotland, giving our clients the benefits of accessibility, strong market connections, and fresh thinking across the UK tech scene. We also benefit from our market-leading EIS and VCT tax advisory experts working as an integrated team with our focused VC transactional lawyers.  This combination enables us to provide intuitive and commercial legal solutions to meet clients’ exact aims and helps to make Shoosmiths ‘invested’ – developing bespoke solutions for investors, entrepreneurs and management teams which others assume are not achievable.



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