Tech corporate lifecycle

At Shoosmiths, we advise public and private companies, partnerships, management teams, investors and debt providers through every stage of the technology business life cycle.

Our corporate team are ranked first for having advised on more deals than any other UK law firm throughout 2022 and 2023 according to Experian MarketIQ M&A Review.

Whether you’re an entrepreneur leading a fast growth start-up or a global technology giant, we can help throughout your business journey. From start-up and early-stage funding to larger investments and exits or IPOs and beyond - we support clients with strategic corporate advice, harnessing the depth of experience gained as the most active legal adviser in the UK.

What we do

Technology moves fast, and tech companies need legal advisors who understand the intricacies of this rapidly evolving industry. We have deep tech-sector expertise across Shoosmiths, which we can draw on to guide companies through their entire life cycle, offering invaluable assistance from seed funding through to IPO (and beyond).

We specialise in advising tech and non-tech clients on their most complex, exciting, and transformational tech-related matters. Acting on some of the key transactions in the tech space, where some 60% of the transactions we act on relate to tech businesses – whether that is EdTech, HealthTech, FinTech or others.

How we do it

Our sector expertise help us identify potential challenges or risks and work with clients in a pragmatic way, to mitigate the potential impact and obtain the best outcomes. The different stages we are able to assist your business from ‘cradle to exit’ is as follows:

  • Start-up

    Starting a tech business can be hectic. You have to develop your product or service fast, invest in research and development, and launch your market strategy. You also have to protect your valuable IP, find partners or investors to fund your growth, and hire and keep the best talent as your team expands. It can be overwhelming to figure out what to do next, so let us help protect you and your business.

  • Scale-up

    Growing your business is the next stage after you have established your tech product in the market. But this can be challenging for tech firms: they need a different set of skills and advice. That’s where our experts come in. They use their experience and commercial savvy to help firms take the next leap. Whether you need finance or a new location, a bigger team or new talent, or a merger or acquisition strategy, we can help you scale up.

  • Exit

    We can help you navigate this process, being the technology lawyer who knows what matters to you. We will get your business ready for sale, assist you with an IPO and ensure your personal protection afterwards.

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