Raising investment for startups: what does raising investment mean in practice?

Emer Hughes

Are you a Founder of a startup? Roberta Draper and Emer Hughes discuss what raising investment means in practice, including valuing your company and deciding how much you want to give away in return for investment.

In this video, Roberta Draper and Emer Hughes in our Corporate and Commercial Team discuss what raising investment for your startup means in practice, in particular how you value your company and how much you want to give away to investors in return for investment.

Our startup lawyers act for companies, investors and employees, and have particular experience of acting for founders: not only in terms of guiding them through the investment process, but also in resolving problems which may have arisen in earlier rounds. 

We also have many years of experience of advising on the legal issues which arise from running a technology business. Our aim is always to protect your rights and to allow you to realise the maximum value from your technology assets.

About the speakers

Roberta Draper is a Senior Associate in the Corporate and Commercial team. Roberta advises startup founders, angel investors and established businesses on a variety of corporate and commercial legal matters. She advises on early stage investments, share option schemes, shareholder agreements, share buybacks and company sales and acquisitions. 

Emer Hughes is a Senior Associate in the Corporate and Commercial team. She works on a broad range of corporate and commercial transactions including advising on commercial contracts and shareholder agreements, corporate governance, company restructuring, asset and share acquisitions, VC investments and listings on junior stock markets.

Episode 1

Preparatory steps

In this video, Roberta Draper provides some top tips to guide founders of startups through the investment process.

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Episode 2

Types of funding

In this video, Roberta Draper and Emer Hughes discuss the various types of investment for your startup and the key terminology you as a Founder might encounter during the process.

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Episode 3

What does raising investment mean in practice?

In this video, Roberta Draper and Emer Hughes discuss what raising investment for your startup means in practice, in particular how you value your company and how much you want to give away to investors in return for investment.

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Episode 4

What legal documents should you expect to see?

In this video, Roberta Draper and Emer Hughes discuss what legal documents you should expect to see as part of the raising investment for your startup process.

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Episode 5

Shareholders' Agreement

In this video, Emer Hughes and Mei Chung in our Corporate, Commercial and Finance team discuss some of the key elements in the shareholders' agreement, with a focus on points of negotiation between founders and investors.

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Episode 6

Articles of Association

In this video, Emer Hughes and Mei Chung discuss the main protections that may come up in a company’s articles of association including the class of shares, pre-emption rights and drag along and tag along rights.

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Episode 7

Leaver Provisions

Emer Hughes and Mei Chung discuss the principles of leaver provisions, with a focus on the difference between a good leaver and a bad leaver, who should be caught by leaver provisions and points of negotiation between founders and investors.

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