Technology and Telecoms
It is impossible to overstate the importance of the technology and telecoms sectors as drivers of global economic growth, as they open new channels for commerce, support product innovation and help the smooth running of our everyday lives. These sectors are also inextricably linked, changing the ways in which we consume and apply information, entertain ourselves and communicate with each other.
Supported by world leading university research, an ambitious entrepreneur base and a wide range of government initiatives in recent years, the UK has earned its place at the top table of global technology development and commercialisation. London is a substantial hub, as home to Silicon Roundabout, Canary Wharf’s Level 39 and countless incubators, not to mention a well-established tech venture capital community. Other major cities, notably Bristol, Cambridge, Manchester and Cardiff, have produced several impressive digital start-ups, some of which have already been snapped up by large US or Asian corporates, while others are growing fast and on their own acquisition trails.
The pace of change and growth in these sectors requires extraordinary agility and vision from those running businesses. It also means that these qualities need to be matched by their advisers if they are to add value and help managers to keep ahead of the game – or when the going gets tough, to stay in it. In addition to leveraging their own highly relevant expertise, our experienced Partners work extensively with technology and telecoms sector specialist lawyers, investment banks, patent attorneys, private equity investors and operational change consultants.
Buchler Phillips has advised businesses across the entire technology and telecoms universe, from start-ups taking their first steps towards seed and angel investment, to established companies which have already passed through several phases of ownership. Some may have even been restructured and rescued more than once, showing resilience and an ability for reinvention in an industry with seemingly endless possibility. Our clients have included operators in internet security, Software as a Service, (SaaS), Platform as a Service (PaaS), carbon-ion batteries, trading platforms and e-commerce, and SME telecoms solutions.
Our services include:
- Preparation for fundraising – financial content for Information Memoranda
- Efficient structures for founders and directors
- Support for tech grant applications
- Assisting in communications and negotiations with lenders
- Advice on R&D allowances
- Recognition of complex revenues
- Treatment of Intellectual Property and intangible assets
- Advice on structuring strategic alliances and major contracts
- Scaling strategies
- Due diligence on potential transactions