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The ESVCLP is a specialised venture capital investment structure governed by an often complex combination of State and Commonwealth laws. We have been advising on the ESVCLP program since its inception and offer our clients significant experience and expertise in the complexities of the ESVCLP application process, eligible investment framework and governing legislation.
We work with fund managers to provide an end-to-end fund establishment service, from devising the fund investment strategy to advising on fund structuring, fund establishment, investment processes and transaction documentation as well as financial services regulation compliance, FATCA compliance and AML/CTF compliance. Our clients include some of Australia’s leading venture capital and private equity firms.
We advise emerging technology companies on how to position themselves for (typically) fundraising rounds from Series A onwards, and work with founding teams to help negotiate and close early stage funding transactions efficiently and fairly. We apply our experience in early stage capital transactions to ensure a balanced outcome without unnecessarily contentious negotiation.
Is your startup ‘investor ready’? (Part 2/3): Pre-raise fundamentals
The importance of the boring stuff In the early years of building a start-up, founders almost always overlook key corporate, legal, tax and financial hygiene matters (the boring stuff) in favour of developing their product, finding market fit and acquiring customers. It’s not an ideal approach to building a global business, but cash is tight […]
Is your startup ‘investor ready’? (Part 1/3): The stages of development
So you reckon your startup is ready for external capital? Let’s find out. In this series of three blogs, I’ve tried to distill my experience in acting for venture capital fund managers, angel syndicates, crowdfunding platforms, corporate venturing arms and emerging technology companies on their early stage funding transactions, to provide an overview of the capital […]
Is your startup ‘investor ready’? (Part 3/3): Structuring the deal terms
Introduction Once an early stage company has achieved technical validation and consumer validation (detailed in my first blog in this series), and has addressed key corporate hygiene matters (detailed in my second blog in this series), it’s time to address the really hard stuff – structuring your deal terms. Negotiating the legal terms upon which equity, debt […]
Steven has been incredibly helpful on several occasions to find solutions required for complex transactions. In particular, he is experienced in the venture capital space where a creative solution is often needed. Steven is great to work with.Deon Joubert – Executive General Manager, Sanitarium
Steven is a very intelligent guy who can take a complex legal and accounting challenge and break it down in to easy to understand and logical steps and then execute the plan in order to achieve the broader goal and vision. I have never met anyone else like Steven who is as capable, personable and “clued up” on corporate structure, venture capital structure and governance.Sebastien Eckersley-Maslin – CEO, BlueChilli
Steven is highly knowledgeable and produces top quality work. He is a pleasure to deal with and I would highly recommend him to anyone in financial or entrepreneurial fields.Andrew Coleman – Team Invest Private Equity