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Growth Capital: the path to achieving scale

Allen & Overy is an engaged and active player in the growth company ecosystem. Our depth of experience in acting for scaling companies and their investors enables us to get to the heart of what is important for each business and its backers when providing growth capital. 

This can be a challenge. Growth companies have proved they can get a venture off the ground, but as they scale they need to prove that they can consistently generate repeat business, gain real traction with their customers and survive in an environment where greater scrutiny from regulators, investors and competitors is the norm. We understand the complex framework of legal and business issues that need to be navigated to ensure all these factors come together successfully. We help companies secure investment, put in place strong and commercial risk management practices, protect and exploit their intellectual property, expand internationally and manage their growing pool of talent.

We also regularly advise investors on key areas of focus when backing high growth companies. At A&O we understand investors and have detailed knowledge of the investment process. We advise the full life cycle of investment activity from initial investments and follow-on funding rounds through to exits via trade sales or IPOs. We also advise a wide range of institutional investors on their investments (including minority investments) and their portfolio companies on ongoing operational matters.

We know that these transactions are often undertaken on truncated timetables and we are known for being able to field multidisciplinary teams which are focused on achieving the right result for our clients as efficiently as possible. The scale of our global network allows us to anticipate potential legal and regulatory challenges associated with the global expansion plans of growth companies and move fast to secure competitive advantage.

Our lawyers are experts in working with our clients to produce consistent and risk conscious results while preserving and encouraging the innovation, creativity and agility that these transactions promise.