Zickie Lim > Mills & Reeve LLP > Cambridge, England > Lawyer Profile

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.

Lawyer Rankings

London > Corporate and commercial > Venture capital

Mills & Reeve LLP is able to provide a comprehensive service to investor clients thanks to its ability to advise on initial fund structures, as well as subsequent downstream investment work. Cambridge-based partner Zickie Lim is regularly at the forefront of the most significant work handled by the team (including a number of mandates involving Future Fund contributions); she has carved out a particularly successful niche in handling university spin-outs.

East Anglia > Corporate and commercial > Corporate and commercial: Cambridge

Mills & Reeve LLP has ‘very commercial and friendly approach and provides good technical advice‘ on the most high-profile regional deals, as well as many national and international transactions. Tom Pickthorn leads on corporate transactions and Kevin Calder in commercial matters. The firm has a deep bench of partners, among them Claire Clarke, who has particular expertise in education work and formation of investment funds, venture capital partner Zickie Lim, private equity expert Anthony McGurk and life sciences partner James Fry, who ‘always offers pragmatic advice’. Jonathan Greenwood focuses on education M&A and mid-market corporate transactions and Neil Burton specialists in charities work.