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Elliot Cowan

Partner

Contact
CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang LLP
Cannon Place
78 Cannon Street
London
EC4N 6AF
United Kingdom
Languages English

Elliot is a technology focused partner in the Transaction Team at CMS, with extensive experience in Venture Capital, fundraisings, private equity, joint ventures and mergers and acquisitions.  He advises a wide range of clients ranging from start-ups to multinationals.

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Relevant experience

  • ParentPay Group, a leading provider of education technology, on its equity investment by Montagu Private Equity.
  • The shareholders of Ariel AI, an artificial intelligence start-up focusing on augmented reality, on its sale to Snapchat
  • Freeline, a biotechnology company focused on developing curative gene therapies for chronic systemic diseases, on its $120m Series C financing.
  • Dexters, London’s leading independent chartered surveyors and estate agents, on its investment from Oakley Capital.
  • Behavox, a data operating platform that enables companies to aggregate, and analyse their employees‘ data, on its $100m equity investment from SoftBank.
  • ETL Systems, a global designer and manufacturer of leading radio frequency distribution equipment, and its management shareholders on the investment in its business by CBPE Capital.
  • What3words, a digital mapping start-up, on its Series C investment from Daimler, and on various media for equity transactions.
  • BMC Software, a US multinational information technology services and consulting company, on its acquistion of RSM Partners Limited, a global provider of mainframe services and software.
  • The shareholders of Crowdicity, an idea and innovation management platform, on its sale to Medallia, the global leader in experience management.
  • Beringea, a UK leading VCT fund, on its investments in Papier, CG Hero and Archdesk.
  • Vyne, a specialist account-to-account payments platform, on its $15.5m fundraising led by Hearst Ventures and Entrée Capital.
  • Genflow, an influencer brand building agency, on its $11m investment from the British Growth Fund.
  • Kitt, a managed office platform, on its c.$8m fundraising led by Hoxton Ventures.
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Education

  • 2008 – Legal Practice Course, BPP London
  • 2007 – Graduate Diploma in Law, BPP London
  • 2005 – Politics and Parliamentary Studies, Leeds University
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18/11/2021
Fu­ture Fund con­ver­sions
Data re­leased by the Brit­ish Busi­ness Bank show that the Fu­ture Fund provided a total of £1.14 bil­lion worth of Con­vert­ible Loan Agree­ments (“CLAs”) to 1,190 com­pan­ies who com­pleted their ap­plic­a­tions...
11/06/2020
Top Exit Triage – Tax
Our years of ex­per­i­ence of ad­vising tech com­pan­ies on M&A have shown us that there are a num­ber of key is­sues which com­monly crop up, risk­ing lower valu­ations or, in the worst case, stop­ping a trans­ac­tion...
04/06/2020
Top Exit Triage – Com­pany Own­er­ship
Our years of ex­per­i­ence of ad­vising tech com­pan­ies on M&A have shown us that there are a num­ber of key is­sues which com­monly crop up, risk­ing lower valu­ations, or in the worst case, stop­ping a trans­ac­tion...
28/05/2020
Top Tech Triage – Key Cus­tom­er Con­tracts
Our years of ex­per­i­ence of ad­vising tech com­pan­ies on M&A have shown us that there are a num­ber of key is­sues which com­monly crop up, risk­ing lower valu­ations, or in the worst case, stop­ping a trans­ac­tion...
21/05/2020
Top Tech Triage
Our years of ex­per­i­ence of ad­vising tech com­pan­ies on M&A have shown us that there are a num­ber of key is­sues which com­monly crop up, risk­ing lower valu­ations, or in the worst case, stop­ping a trans­ac­tion...
19/05/2020
COV­ID-19 Fu­ture Fund (Up­dated Guid­ance)
The Brit­ish Busi­ness Bank has an­nounced fur­ther de­tails about the Fu­ture Fund, a co-in­vest­ment fund that will match private in­vest­ments in high-growth UK com­pan­ies with Gov­ern­ment-backed con­vert­ible loan...
21/04/2020
The Fu­ture Fund matches Fund­ing for Start-ups
The gov­ern­ment an­nounced fin­an­cial sup­port for start-ups totalling around £1.25bn. The pack­age con­sists of two sep­ar­ate pots of money. The first, which launches in May and is named the Fu­ture Fund, is...
18/05/2018
Big sale for iZ­ettle
Some of you may have seen my post from a couple of weeks ago cov­er­ing iZ­ettle’s forth­com­ing float (ht­tp://cms.tech­bytes.law/post/102ev6q/iz­ettles-float).Well…..in an ex­cit­ing twist of events iZ­ettle...
04/05/2018
Enter Sir Richard....
As you may have seen, Sir Richard Bran­son is to be­come a part­ner in a new fund co-man­aged by private equity house Met­ric Cap­it­al.The fund is aim­ing to have €500m AUM, and will be look­ing to in­vest in...
02/05/2018
iZ­ettle’s float
It was re­por­ted in this morn­ing’s FT that iZ­ettle, a Swedish mo­bile pay­ments solu­tions firm, will shortly an­nounce its in­ten­tion to float, al­though it’s un­clear as to which ex­change its shares will...
01/05/2018
Fit­bit's tie-up with Google
Fit­bit's shares have re­ceived a sig­ni­fic­ant bounce fol­low­ing the an­nounce­ment of an al­li­ance with Google.This col­lab­or­a­tion is yet an­oth­er ex­ample of the FAANG­S' great­er in­volve­ment in provid­ing tech­no­lo­gic­al...