Roberta Draper

Senior Associate

Corporate, Commercial & Finance | Startup Investments

Our overall experience of Kingsley Napley was excellent. As founders, we have always felt KN were on our side. Roberta was extremely thorough in her approach to our somewhat complex investment round, which involved several parties; anticipating potential pitfalls before we did; working up creative solutions to last-minute drafting issues; and succeeding in making a tiresome process a lot less dull than it could have been.

A medtech startup client that raised £2.3m

Thank you so much for all your hard work, you made this daunting experience so smooth & easy to understand, as well as executing the deal with such professionalism. [The Institutional Investor] were also singing your praises to us, and we would not hesitate in coming back to you for any additional legal work in the future. We will also of course refer anyone we encounter to you in the future.
Thank you so much again, it was an absolute pleasure working with you!"

A startup in the retail space that raised £2.5m

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.  

She often advises clients preparing to make a big change in their working lives, whether that be setting up a new business, raising investment, re-structuring their business, selling their business, dealing with a shareholder dispute or making an investment in a business.

Roberta is an attendee and regular adviser of Angel Academe, an award winning angel investor network which invests in women founded tech businesses, and is a fluent Spanish speaker. She is also a member of AIJA (International Association of Young Lawyers) at which she regularly presents.

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