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John Finnemore


CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang LLP
Cannon Place
78 Cannon Street
United Kingdom
Languages English

John is a Partner in our Corporate team. He completed his training in 2005 with a large US law firm and subsequently worked for two major UK law firms, being made partner in 2015. John has experience of working on a variety of company and corporate finance matters including venture capital, private equity, mergers and acquisitions and joint ventures.

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John is ranked in Chambers and Partners for "Private Equity – Venture Capital" and is described as "excellent"

Relevant experience

  • Cantel Medical on various UK acquisitions.
  • MRMOCO on the sale of a film equipment business to Nikon Corporation.
  • The shareholders of Tenfour Ventures Limited on the sale to Azzurri, an entity controlled by Bridgepoint Capital, of the company which owns and operates the "Coco di mama" food business.
  • MMC Ventures on various Series A investments made by MMC.
  • Preservica Limited on a Series A investment made by Mobeus.
  • Nextday Property Limited on seed and Series A investments into the company that runs Nested, the online property sales business.
  • Skills Matter Limited on a Series A investment and follow on investments made by Proven Health VCT, a fund controlled by Beringea LLP, and various other funders.
  • Lyst Limited on the issue of a convertible loan note to major VC investors as well as Series S, A, B and C fundraisings.
  • GoCardless Limited, providing English law advice on Series A, B and C fundraising undertaken by the US parent company.
  • Bookingtek Limited on seed and Series A investment rounds into the company.
  • H3 Capital on a variety of venture capital investments.
  • John has also acted on the formation of over 30 crowdfunding platforms.
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  • 2003 – LPC, College of Law, Birmingham
  • 2002 – LL.B (Hons), University of Warwick, Coventry
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CMS ad­vises Money­hub on latest fund­ing round
In­ter­na­tion­al law firm CMS has provided guid­ance to long­stand­ing fintech cli­ent Money­hub, the mar­ket-lead­ing Open Fin­ance data, in­tel­li­gence and pay­ments plat­form, on its latest fund­ing round which was...
CMS ad­vises Lyst on $85m fun­drais­ing
In­ter­na­tion­al law firm CMS has ad­vised UK scale-up and glob­al fash­ion e-com­merce plat­form Lyst Ltd on its $85 mil­lion fun­drais­ing. In­vestors in the fund­ing round in­cluded cer­tain funds man­aged by Fi­del­ity...
FCA con­firms fi­nal rules for ban on mar­ket­ing of spec­u­lat­ive il­li­quid se­cur­it­ies,...
The FCA yes­ter­day pub­lished its fi­nal rules on the mar­ket­ing of spec­u­lat­ive mini-bonds to re­tail in­vestors, which will ap­ply from 1 Janu­ary 2021. This fol­lows the FCA’s in­tro­duc­tion of tem­por­ary rules...
In­vestor con­fid­ence: Les­sons and risk mit­ig­a­tions
COV­ID-19 is af­fect­ing the fu­ture growth path of com­pan­ies in sev­er­al sec­tors. In ad­di­tion, eco­nom­ic down­turns of­ten act as a cata­lyst for ex­pos­ing sys­tem­ic is­sues. This can have a sig­ni­fic­ant im­pact on...
CMS ad­vises Fund­ment on £3.375m in­vest­ment from ET­FS Cap­it­al
In­ter­na­tion­al law firm CMS has ad­vised Fund­ment, the lead­ing next gen­er­a­tion in­vest­ment plat­form for fin­an­cial ad­visers and wealth man­agers, on its £3.375 mil­lion in­vest­ment from ET­FS Cap­it­al, which...
FCA pro­poses per­man­ent ban on mar­ket­ing mini bonds
On 18 June 2020, the FCA has re­leased a new con­sulta­tion pa­per CP20/8 on High-risk in­vest­ments: Mar­ket­ing spec­u­lat­ive il­li­quid se­cur­it­ies (in­clud­ing spec­u­lat­ive mini-bonds) to re­tail in­vestors (the “Con­sulta­tion...
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...
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...
Fintech and Cryptoasset De­vel­op­ments in the Budget
On 11 March 2020, the Chan­cel­lor of the Ex­chequer, Rishi Sunak, set out meas­ures the Gov­ern­ment will take to sup­port and de­vel­op the UK’s Fintech and Cryptoasset in­dus­tries, which in­clude the fol­low­ing...
CMS ad­vises Be­hav­ox on its $100 mil­lion Series B in­vest­ment from Soft­bank...
In­ter­na­tion­al law firm CMS has suc­cess­fully ad­vised Be­hav­ox Ltd, the world’s only end-to-end Data Op­er­at­ing Plat­form that en­ables com­pan­ies to ag­greg­ate, ana­lyse, and act on their en­tire or­gan­isa­tion's...
FCA bans mar­ket­ing of spec­u­lat­ive mini-bonds to re­tail in­vestors
Today the FCA in­tro­duced tem­por­ary rules ban­ning the mar­ket­ing of spec­u­lat­ive mini-bonds to re­tail in­vestors. The rules will ap­ply from 1 Janu­ary 2020 for a peri­od of 12 months, ex­pir­ing on 31 Decem­ber...
FS Break­fast Sem­in­ar: Crypto As­sets Up­date
In this sem­in­ar, Sam Robin­son (fin­an­cial ser­vices), John Fin­nemore (cor­por­ate), Charles Ker­rigan (bank­ing) and Phil An­der­son (tax) will of­fer an up­date on cur­rent de­vel­op­ments in re­la­tion to crypto cur­ren­cies...