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Expert Interview: The Investment Climate

The investment climate is changing rapidly, and it’s a very mixed picture depending on the  sector you are in and the stage you are at. James Klein of Shoosmiths solicitors offers an up to date view.

Watch here.

About the Expert

James heads the London corporate team and Shoosmiths’ top-tier technology sector. James is a well-respected corporate lawyer with over 20 years’ PE, VC and M&A experience having acted for corporates, management teams and institutional houses on all sizes of transactions.

A significant amount of James’ practice covers domestic and cross-border M&A transactions, corporate reorganisations and joint ventures, but he also has a strong track record in advising startups and early stage businesses particularly assisting with fundraisings (in particular through his investor connections in the UK and US),  and helping companies scale to the US.

James’ leadership of the technology sector nationally has seen the firm provide key support for a number of industry events and organisations in the last 12 months including SVC2UK (which the firm sponsored and supported) and Tech London Advocates (James sits on the Advisory Board).

Other Resources

Pitchbook European Venture Report –

GlobalData Report April 2020

Investors in Europe COVID19 open-source spreadsheet as mentioned in the interview:


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