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Mills & Reeve LLP

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Zickie Lim

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Mills & Reeve LLP

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Zickie specialises in Corporate Finance and heads up the firm’s venture capital and equity investments practice. Zickie acts for a range of VC investment funds, including Mercia Technologies PLC and the Mercia Growth Funds, IQ Capital, North West Fund (Biomedical) LP, Low Carbon Innovation Fund, Enterprise Ventures and Cambridge Enterprise Seed Funds as well as business angels and angel groups on their portfolio investments, portfolio management issues and exits. She also advises start ups, spin-outs and fast growth VC backed technology businesses on their equity and debt funding rounds, their growth transactions and exits. Her company clients include Secret Escapes, 4Energy, Grapeshot and Sphere Fluidics. Zickie has also developed a particularly strong reputation and track record in the university spin out market, having advised in relation to over 90 spin outs from universities throughout the UK, including from the Universities of Birmingham, Bristol, Cambridge, East Anglia and Essex, Hertfordshire, Oxford, Manchester, Salford, Sheffield, Southampton and Warwick, to name a few. She also authored the University Spin Out precedent documents and know how suite for Practical Law Company, a leading provider of know how and precedents for the legal profession in the UK.


Trained Mills & Reeve LLP; qualified 2000; solicitor 2000-03; senior solicitor 2003-06; associate 2006-08; partner 2008.




Law Society.


Forest School, near Snaresbrook; University of Reading (1996 LLB Law and French Law).


Going to concerts/festivals, travelling and quality time with my family.

East Anglia: Corporate and commercial

Corporate and commercial: Cambridge

Within: Corporate and commercial: Cambridge

Mills & Reeve LLP¬†‚Äėhas great experience, understands the private equity industry and is able to deal internationally, with sector knowledge that is second to none‚Äė. The firm has a¬†growing focus on national and international work, while also handling high-end local transactions, and has solidified its standing as a leading M&A practice in East Anglia. In 2017, the firm as a whole advised on matters involving more than 75 different jurisdictions including the US, China and Canada. A standout deal saw the firm advise Richardson International Limited on the high-value acquisition of European Oat Millers.¬†‚ÄėExceptional lawyer‚Äė Anthony McGurk, who has more than 20 years‚Äô experience in corporate finance, led on that deal and is ‚Äėhighly recommended for any type of M&A activity‚Äė. He also acted for the Weetabix Food Company on several deals as part of its ¬£1.4bn sale to US firm Post Holdings.¬†Practice head¬†Tom Pickthorn¬†(who handled a multimillion-pound acquisition for Danish IT services business Netcompany),¬†Zickie Lim¬†(who advised venture capital firms on a $16m investment),¬† principal associate Jonathan Greenwood¬†and consultant Brian Marshall¬†provide 'an¬†excellent level of service with outstanding legal skills, impressive client handling, impeccable responsiveness, outstanding business judgement and excellent value for money'. Also recommended are¬†corporate finance partner Stephen Hamilton, who is 'calm and unflappable at all times and provides good commercial and practical advice', and leading light¬†Claire Clarke, who has niche expertise in both the education sector and investment funds formation.

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East Anglia: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)


Within: Biotechnology

Mills & Reeve LLP¬†provides ‚Äėan excellent level of service and response times are very fast‚Äė. One client remarks that the practice provides ‚Äėfirst-class, pragmatic and timely advice'. The firm handles¬†corporate and commercial transactions, patents and IP, privacy, regulation and compliance, HR, product liability, litigation, tax and real estate matters for biotechnology companies. It is highly regarded for research collaborations and licensing agreements across a range of therapeutic areas. New arrival James Fry, who joined from¬†Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP¬†in late 2017, leads the multi-disciplinary life sciences practice and is praised for his ‚Äėexcellent sector knowledge'. He acted for speciality pharmaceuticals business Diurnal Group in setting up¬†its supply chain for the production of two drug candidates.¬†Finance specialist Zickie Lim, who handled a syndicated financing for¬†PredictImmune Limited, and capital markets expert Stephen Hamilton¬†are also recommended.¬†IP partner¬†Alasdair Poore, corporate partner¬†Anthony McGurk, disputes specialist¬†Graeme Menzies¬†and head of technology¬†Kevin Calder¬†also play central roles in the firm's work for biotechnology clients.

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London: Corporate and commercial

Venture capital

Within: Venture capital

Mills & Reeve LLP provides 'timely, professional and cost-effective' advice to an impressive array of investors and investees including IQ Capital Partners, UCL Technology Fund and Grapeshot. Under the leadership of the 'excellent' Zickie Lim, the team excels at handling university spin-out work and recently represented PredictImmune on its syndicated seed financing round involving Cambridge Enterprise Seed Funds and The University of Cambridge Enterprise Fund IV, amongst others. Lim also continues to handle a significant amount of work for Mercia Technologies on its direct portfolio investments including on recent investments in Aston Eyetech, Faradion and Soccer Manager. Principal associate Pippa Pearce is also recommended.

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London: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)


Within: Fintech

Led by principal associate Simon Warburton, the team at Mills & Reeve LLP is especially active on the corporate side, though it also assists clients with IT and GDPR issues. Transactions and regulatory corporate work have kept the practice busy: Tom Pickthorn advised Finnish investment service group Privanet on equity crowdfunding regulations in the UK. Stephen Hamilton acted for Bango on its £9m purchase of Audiens, and assisted Paypoint with its purchase of Romanian company Payzone. On the fundraising side, Zickie Lim advised TAB UK on a £1.2m investment led by Mustard Seed Capital. Mark Pearce advised Premia Solutions on the GDPR implications of its insurance products, and Peter Wainman acted for commodity-trading software company Brady on contractual issues. Other clients include Validus and IQ Capital Partners.

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Pharmaceuticals and biotechnology

Within: Pharmaceuticals and biotechnology

Mills & Reeve LLP's team is led by James Fry, who joined in 2017 from Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP . Fry's 'pharmaceutical and biotech sector expertise is first class' and he 'consistently provides sound, pragmatic advice'. He recently advised The Diurnal Group on its primary and secondary agreements for the supply chain it will be using for the production of two drug candidates. Another recent arrival is IP specialist Mark Pearce, who joined from Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP. Other key members of the team include employment expert Melanie James; IP expert Alasdair Poore; and Zickie Lim, who is an expert in corporate finance. Lim advised PredictImmune on its syndicated financing from Cambridge Enterprise and the University of Cambridge.

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