14 May 2018

New law team combines finance and IP expertise

Legal experts in corporate finance, intellectual property and data protection have opened a new office in Cambridge to support the city’s well-established and growing tech hub.

Inger Anson, who’s been working in Cambridge for the last year, specialises in advising business angels and angel groups as well as venture capital funds on early stage investment rounds in a broad range of young and developing technology businesses.

As well as acting on the investment round itself, she works closely with many seed round businesses in the early stages to ensure they are investment ready and continue to build on these relationships during the growth years. She has a strong track record in advising technology start-ups and university spin outs from universities across the UK, including Cambridge, Birmingham, East Anglia and University College London.

Joining her in Cambridge is Rob Cobley, who has a solid IT background, having worked for a software house before qualifying as a solicitor.

His specialist practice encompasses IT and intellectual property, including IP commercialisation, protection and enforcement. Rob regularly advises clients on protecting and licensing their innovative technology and the complex commercial agreements required – he has also recently been very involved in supporting companies preparing for the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which changes data protection law from 25 May.

Inger said: “With the Cambridge-Oxford Arc adding to the city’s attractiveness to young businesses, Rob and I feel we can offer exactly the skills they need to put down their own firm foundations and grow well in this area. There is such support here for innovation that we want to support that and help businesses to grow and establish themselves here, as we are doing.”

The office, at Compass House, Histon, is a short journey from the city centre and the science park.

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