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John Finnemore


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

John Finnemore is a partner in the CMS Corporate Team. He is a specialist venture capital, private equity and mergers and acquisitions lawyer.  He has a particular focus on advising clients in the tech sector and taking those clients through all funding rounds to eventual exit.

John trained with a US firm and has worked for international law firms throughout his career.  He has substantial experience in venture capital matters and is ranked in both the Chambers and Legal 500 guides for this work in that space.

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

Relevant experience

  • Lyst Ltd, a fashion and e-commerce business on all funding rounds from Seed to Series E.
  • Conversocial Limited, a website analytics business, on all funding rounds and its exit.
  • Photospire Limited, a video and photo editing platform, on all funding rounds and its exit.
  • Creative Benefit Solutions Limited, a pensions tech platform on all funding rounds and its exit.
  • GoCardless Ltd, a leading payments business, on all funding rounds from Seed to Series F.
  • A family office on all UK investment rounds undertaken by the family.
  • Incident.io on all funding rounds to date.
  • Advice on the sale of a software business providing SAAS to sports teams.
  • Acting for companies on over 1,000 angel, Seed and Series A funding rounds in the past 15 years.
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  • 2003 – LPC, College of Law, Birmingham
  • 2002 – LL.B (Hons), University of Warwick, Coventry
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Di­git­al As­sets and Web3 Hub
At CMS we are truly in­ter­ested in everything crypto, block­chain and meta­verse. We en­joy co­oper­at­ing with in­dustry bod­ies and aca­dem­ics, have our voice heard in gov­ern­ment think­ing groups and tasks forces, at­tend and or­gan­ise events and reg­u­larly pub­lish leg­al brief­ings, re­search re­ports and opin­ion pieces.   This page con­tains some of our most re­cent pub­lic­a­tions. If any of the art­icles have your par­tic­u­lar in­terest, feel free to reach out to its au­thors for a deep­er con­ver­sa­tion.
CMS ad­vises Field on £77m fin­an­cing for port­fo­lio of bat­tery stor­age as­sets
In­ter­na­tion­al law firm CMS has ad­vised Field, a lead­ing bat­tery stor­age de­vel­op­ment com­pany, on its £47m fin­an­cing from in­vest­ment firm Triple Point En­ergy Ef­fi­ciency In­fra­struc­ture Com­pany (TEEC)...
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...