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Law firm broadens tech sector credentials with corporate finance lateral hire

20 March 2017
Browne Jacobson is continuing to expand its technology sector expertise in the City with the appointment of corporate finance partner Jon Snade.   

Jon joins the firm from Irwin Mitchell in London and has a particular specialism within the technology sector, where he has advised large national and international groups of companies as well as early stage, high growth digital businesses. Notable deals include advising Uniplaces on its $24m Series A financing round and the acquisition of Telindus UK by technology services company, telent.

Jon joins the firm’s commercial technology practice which has an impressive client portfolio in both the public and private sectors and advises on large scale, business critical IT projects, international patent litigation cases and complex, multi-jurisdictional data protection and privacy issues. Clients include, amongst others, Hiscox Insurance, Thorntons, Foreign and Commonwealth Office, National Audit Office, Rapiscan Systems, Crown Prosecution Service, Euronext and The National Trust.

Over the last three years, the London technology practice has added real strength in depth with the high profile appointments of commercial technology partner Anthony Nagle (Morrison & Foerster), data privacy and cyber-security partner Mark Gleeson (Squire Patton Boggs) and patent litigation specialist Kathleen Fox Murphy (Taylor Wessing) who has particular experience in the telecoms, IT, electronics and biotech sectors, amongst others.

The team also has a growing reputation for its innovative approach to delivering legal services and recently launched Grow, aimed exclusively at start-ups, with a particular focus on the tech sector. 

Recent deal highlights include:
  • advising the management of aviation technology company FLYdocs Systems Limited on a new strategic partnership with Lufthansa Technik AG;
  • advising Telleroo, an early stage disruptive Fintech business, on its seed funding; and
  • advising Mobeus Equity Partners on its debt and equity package of accelerate growth Midlands-based Biosite.
Declan Cushley, head of the firm’s commercial and technology group commented:

“I am delighted to have a lawyer of Jon’s quality and expertise on board. I know he will be a valuable addition to the firm, allowing us to really boost our tech offering in London and to our regional and national client base.”

In addition, Jon has strong experience in advising on a broad range of UK and cross-border private company transactions including mergers and acquisitions, disposals, venture capital and private equity investments, management buy outs, joint ventures and reorganisations. 

Corporate partner, Richard Cox said: 

“Jon is a highly regarded corporate lawyer, with a great reputation in the market. We have wanted to expand our corporate finance presence in the City with someone of Jon’s credentials and his appointment is an integral move to support this strategy. Jon’s specialist tech experience, on top of his strong M&A expertise, will also give us the platform to offer our clients a broader range of expertise.”

Jon Snade added: 

“I am really excited to be joining a firm with such a broad service offering, a diverse client base and a promise to keep exceptional client service at the forefront of everything it does. I am really impressed at how quickly the London tech team have built a name for themselves in the market over a short period of time. They are top quality lawyers with fantastic expertise in top end IT projects and I am looking forward to supporting in its continuous growth and success.”

This latest appointment takes the number of fee earners across Browne Jacobson’s five office network to over 500.

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