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Venture Capital


CMS assists on a variety of deals in Asia’s venture capital ecosystem and is amongst the most active firms in advising on the establishment of, and investments into, Private Equity and Venture Capital funds. There is huge breadth to the practice, from advising on fund investments totalling nearly US$2bn in 2018 to advising established, first time and spin-out fund managers on the launch of new funds. We also provide Singapore funds regulatory advice, including advising some of the first fund managers to receive MAS’ new Venture Capital Fund Management licence.

Our team acts for venture capital and angel investors, early-stage companies and business founders on multiple rounds of financing. Our lawyers draw on a wealth of experience of transactions across a variety of sectors, with a primary focus on technology, media and telecoms but including financial services, retail, utilities, mining and natural resources and energy. Our team understands market norms and positions, the importance of commercial flexibility to our clients, and also importantly, the pitfalls that lead to legal disputes.

We advise on:

  • Fund structuring
  • Fundraising
  • Management buy-outs and buy-ins
  • Business restructuring
  • Startup expertise
  • Fund regulatory
  • Shariah compliant funds
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