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Louis Glass

Louis Glass

Partner

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

Louis is co-head of technology for CMS's UK corporate group.  He's a generalist corporate lawyer with specialist expertise in tech, internet and e-commerce transactions.

Louis is tech-obsessed and was writing database software at 15.  Although experienced in many sectors, Louis is best known for transactions in tech assets where he represents multinationals, large corporates, scale-ups, start-ups, entrepreneurs and financial investors on M&A, fundraisings and investments, capital market transactions, joint ventures, reorganisations and general business advice. Louis' work is mainly cross-border and he has worked for prominent UK, US and Israeli law firms.

Louis leads the CMS Israel Desk and works from London, Tel Aviv and elsewhere as his clients require. He regularly leads Israel-related transactions in his fluent Hebrew.  Having been an Advocate at the Israeli Bar from 2005 to 2019, Louis is now a registered foreign lawyer in Israel. 

Louis has extensive direct business experience as:

  • trustee for 5 years of the Raspberry Pi Foundation, a prominent charity established to promote computer science education by developing and marketing the best-selling British computer of all time, with over 30 million units sold;
  • founding director of the ScaleUp Institute, a not-for-profit company focused on making the UK the best place to scale up a business; and
  • founder of micro-roastery Spring Hill Coffee.

Louis was recommended by Legal 500:

  • in 2021/2020 for venture capital: ‘brilliant and inspiring. Always personal and always practical and pragmatic. It never feels like you are on the clock... very human’;
  • in 2017 for fintech: 'For corporate work, M&A expert Louis Glass, who has particular experience in technology, internet and e-commerce transactions, is recommended.';
  • in 2014, for M&A: mid-market, £50- £250m; and
  • in 2013, for IT and Telecoms: 'a thoughtful corporate lawyer, with a candid approach and sense of humour'.
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Recommended.

Legal 500, 2021 (Venture Capital)

"Louis is the best advisor we have had - he really looks after our company like he is a partner/shareholder in it. His advice is not just legally sound but commercial as well. As a founder, his negotiation has saved us a lot of trouble in bad times. I would highly recommend him for exit/funding."

Founder, CxO

"For corporate work, M&A expert Louis Glass, who has particular experience in technology, internet and e-commerce transactions, is recommended."

Recommended, Legal 500 2017 (Fintech)

"A thoughtful corporate lawyer, with a candid approach and sense of humour."

Legal 500, 2013 (IT/Telecoms)

Recommended.

Legal 500, 2014 (M&A: mid-market, £50m - £250m)

Super Lawyer.

Thomson Reuters London Super Lawyers, 2013 - 2015

Relevant experience

  • Spotify : acquisition of Sonalytic
  • Metail : sale to TAL Apparel
  • Castrol Innoventures : majority acquisition of Romax's Insight Analytics business and joint venture with Romax
  • Castrol Innoventures : equity investment in Autino
  • LiquidMetrix (Intelligent Financial Systems) : sale to Asset International
  • MAG Interactive on its acquisition of Delinquent Interactive
  • Piksel : internal reorganisation and cross-border merger
  • Vodafone : joint venture with Sainsbury's to create Mobile By Sainsbury's and a number of confidential transactions
  • The founders of Context Information Security on its sale to Babcock International
  • NICE Systems : Fizzback
  • Amdocs : confidential matters
  • 888 Holdings : confidential matters
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Education

  • 2000 - Legal Practice Course, College of Law
  • 1999 – LL.B. Law, University of Leeds
  • 1999 - Company Law Prize, University of Leeds
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Memberships

  • Solicitor, England & Wales
  • Registered foreign lawyer, Israel
  • Advocate, Israel Bar: 2005-2019
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