LONDON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--JAG Shaw Baker, a UK tech law firm, will join the international law firm Withers to create a unique legal offering which meets the needs of entrepreneurs, investors, and technology companies across the world. JAG Shaw Baker’s six partners and the 40-person team will join Withers to create 'Withers tech' and will operate from offices in London and Cambridge effective 1 August 2018.
Withers is an international law firm founded in 1896 dedicated to successful people, their business and philanthropic interests. The firm has 17 offices across the US, Europe, and Asia. JAG Shaw Baker is a boutique law firm that advises UK and US entrepreneurs, companies and investors across high-growth technology sectors such as life sciences, clean tech, and digital technology.
JAG Shaw Baker was founded in 2013 by Tina Baker and James Shaw, two former Brown Rudnick lawyers who saw a gap in the UK and European startup ecosystem for legal services specific to this sector. Since its inception, JAG Shaw Baker has successfully created a successful business model for the European startup community for investors and entrepreneurs. As Withers tech, the firm will expand this model on a global level by leveraging the Withers’ international presence and offer an even broader array of services their clients demand such as employment, tax, immigration, real estate, litigation and US corporate structuring.
“Since we opened our practice, it has always been our vision to grow our business through global expansion; and over the past five years, we have successfully created a business model that works for the European tech and life sciences ecosystem,” said James Shaw, Partner and Co-founder, JAG Shaw Baker. “The fast growth tech and life sciences markets are a growth area for Withers, so together with our industry expertise and their international reach, we can deliver that global model overnight to our clients.”
Tina Baker, Partner and Co-founder, JAG Shaw Baker said that during their discussions with Withers, it became clear that there was a significant cultural and business fit between both firms.
“Joining Withers and creating Withers tech allows the firm to stand by their client’s through every stage of their company’s life and help them create strong global businesses as they grow and expand,” said Baker. “Together, we will continue to provide our clients with unprecedented access to the best legal teams for the fast growth tech and life sciences markets.”
Jeremy Wakeham, CEO, Withers' Business Division, comments: "We are hugely excited to welcome JAG Shaw Baker to the firm. Their in-depth experience in the technology sector is a great strategic complement to the work we do for tech entrepreneurs and investors in the US and Asia, and presents exciting possibilities to increase our activity in the sector."
Withers is an international law firm dedicated to entrepreneurs, successful people and their businesses.
With over 170 partners and more than 450 other lawyers, we have unparalleled expertise in commercial, tax, trusts, estate planning, financial services, litigation and arbitration, real estate, charities, philanthropy, employment, family law and other legal issues facing individuals and their families. The firm has advised 55% of the top 100 UK Sunday Times Rich List and over 25% of the top 100 US Forbes list, as well as numerous families in Asia. The Charities & Philanthropy team acts for more than 50% of the top 100 UK charities.
Withers has 17 offices worldwide in London, New York, New Haven, Greenwich (Connecticut), San Francisco, San Diego, Los Angeles, Rancho Santa Fe, Hong Kong, Singapore, Sydney, Melbourne, Tokyo, the British Virgin Islands, Geneva, Milan and Padua. The firm is a member of the Withers SBL alliance, which has offices in Melbourne and Sydney. For more, visit www.withersworldwide.com
JAG Shaw Baker
JAG Shaw Baker, established in 2013, is a strategic law firm that advises entrepreneurs, companies and investors across high-growth technology markets such as life sciences, clean tech and digital technology. JAG Shaw Baker has a firm grasp on the nuances, influencers and contributors in the European technology, investor and venture capital ecosystem which helps our clients reach their business goals faster. Our UK and US trained lawyers have extensive corporate and commercial expertise and a passion for high-growth companies and investors. From landmark intellectual property wins in China, terms of agreement for a book launch in Space, creating legal frameworks for clinical trials to shepherding a music platform to 40 million users, advising a disruptive financial tech company and M&A for sale-side venture-backed acquisitions, JAG Shaw Baker’s legal team creates a collaborative culture and gives our clients access to exceptional commercial legal advice and industry expertise. For more information go to www.jagshawbaker.com and www.withersworldwide.com.
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