Rory Suggett > Ashfords LLP > Bristol, England > Lawyer Profile
Ashfords LLP Offices
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Rory advises on a wide range of equity fundraising transactions including acting for companies and investors on venture capital financing rounds, large syndicated growth transactions and private equity buyouts. His work commonly includes cross-border financing transactions, M&A and restructuring.
Rory is Head of CSR at Ashfords, working with the firm’s CSR committee to deliver a range of initiatives for the benefit of the community and charities, staff and the environment.
- Perwyn Private Equity: Advising on the secondary buyout of leading third party video game developer Sumo Digital.
- Notion Capital: Advising on the Series B funding of Dealflo (an end-to-end financial agreement automation services provider) led by Notion Capital and Holtzbrinck Ventures.
- Oxford Capital Partners: Advising on the series seed fundraising into martech company Attest led by OxfordCapital.
- Brightpearl: Advising MMC Ventures, Notion Capital and Eden Ventures on a syndicated investment into retail management platform Brightpearl.
- Glow Digital Media: Acting on the sale of adtech company Glow to leading Spanish social media advertising firm ADTZ.
Led from Bristol by Chris Dyson and the ‘calm and strategic’ Rory Suggett, Ashfords LLP has a strong reputation among funds, as well as a growing roster of tech sector investees, particularly as it relates to early-stage financings. The team was also recently enhanced by the arrival of several lawyers with in-house fund-side expertise, including London-based Kim Hawkins who joined in February 2021 from now defunct impact EIS fund Earthworm VC. Praised for its market knowledge, gleaned from many years’ experience advising on transactions in the sector, the firm knows ‘where market standard is at any one time’, and is thereby well-positioned to provide the most appropriate advice dependent on where the company seeking investment is within its growth journey. Head of the firm’s corporate department and business services division, Andrew Betteridge also has significant venture capital expertise, as does Jocelyn Ormond, who has a particular niche advising companies and investors in the digital health/life sciences sector.
Ashfords LLP‘s Bristol office is known for advising venture capital funds and startups on investments, with a particular focus on the healthcare and technology sectors; where it is also active in M&A and commercial transactions, as well as associated areas such as fintech and healthtech. Chris Dyson leads the practice’s VC work and specialises in technology transactions, while Jocelyn Ormond handles deals involving healthcare and financial services. Rory Suggett is another name to note on corporate deals, while Suzie Miles is the key name on commercial transactions, with a practice which includes advising on outsourcing and distribution agreements.
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