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GlobalStart

GlobalStart is a team of lawyers across our global offices with the expertise and know-how to support technology companies and the unique challenges they face as they expand internationally. We provide the full spectrum of counsel to technology companies looking to move into the global space for the first time, as well as those who already operate in multiple jurisdictions.

Technology is driving the global business revolution. It changes the way we think about and do business. It spans continents, removes borders, crosses time zones and through continued innovation it challenges thinking and shapes future industry direction.

GlobalStart – Connecting the World

Our entrepreneurial team has significant experience in advising technology companies across the full spectrum of corporate transactions including start-up funding to M&A, outsourcing, joint ventures, strategic alliances, new market entry, accessing capital markets and commercializing, using and protecting IP and technology assets and services.

Our clients include developers, manufacturers and distributors of technology products and services, including computer hardware and software, online commerce, Fintech, IT and outsourcing services, semiconductors, games and entertainment and media. 

We can work with your existing legal team 

We have the full-service capabilities to meet all of your legal needs worldwide, however, we are equally happy complementing your existing legal team by providing the services they may not have the platform or expertise to undertake. 

A tailored approach specific to your needs

Our highly flexible and individualised partner-led approach ensures that you have a dedicated client service team comprised of lawyers from a cross-section of practices/jurisdictions tailored to your specific needs. 

Is GlobalStart right for my business? 

GlobalStart is not for every company. If you are still proving concept or raising angel financing, there are a number of leading law firms suitable for your stage of development (we can even recommend one). However, if you have already left your home market or are looking to raise venture financing to commence that journey, GlobalStart can help you achieve your objectives.

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Our technology sector experience covers the complete spectrum from entrepreneurial ideas and innovation, to businesses seeking new market entry and to established global players.

We have significant expertise across the key issues that shape the technology sector including:

  • Fundraising
  • Data protection
  • Intellectual property protection and litigation
  • Outsourcing
  • Regulation and compliance
  • Cyber security
  • Market entry

Case Studies

Sale of Summly to Yahoo!

Client: The shareholders of Summly Inc, including teenager Nick D’Aloisio who developed the news summarisation app.

Our role:  We became involved in Summly when it attracted investment from Horizon Ventures.  Following this we advised the company on its group structure and incentive arrangements before finally advising the shareholders on the disposal of Summly Inc to Yahoo! for an undisclosed multi-million dollar amount.

Why they chose us: Our global platform meant we were ideally placed to balance the US and UK aspects of the transaction. This included providing UK-based advice to the young UK founder and other shareholders, including on taxation. Our US corporate expertise and knowledge of the sector was crucial in negotiations with Yahoo!

GBGroup’s acquisition of DecTech Solutions Pty Ltd

Client: GBGroup plc, UK-based based world leaders in identity data intelligence.

Our role:  Assisting with their acquisition strategy by advising on strategic purchases in the UK, the US and Australia, as well as advising on strategic commercial relationships worldwide.  We also provide a comprehensive range of general legal advice on day-to-day matters in a pragmatic, cost effective manner.

Why they chose us: As GBGroup’s long term advisers, they value our depth of knowledge in their business, quality of advice, commercial astuteness and global capability. Our lawyers across the UK, the US and Australia are top-ranked for their M&A expertise, so we were able to offer solid, strategic advice across all key jurisdictions.

Globalizing a leading online consumer lender

Client: A leading online consumer lender.

Our role: Helping our client globalize by providing regulatory, employment, commercial and public policy advice in Czech Republic, Poland, Russia, Spain, Mexico, Australia, Brazil, Peru, Kazakhstan, and the Dominican Republic.

Why they chose us: They wanted a legal partner with a strong international network to help them achieve their mission of becoming a “global digital bank.” With our vast global footprint and leading Fintech practice, we fit that bill and more.

Establishment of an IP Holding Company

Client: IP Holding Company

Our role:  Assisting the technology company with all the tax and legal issues necessary to establish a simple, efficient, and practical IP holding company structure to maximize efficiencies as the company was expanding globally. This structure allowed the company to achieve cash tax savings by migrating intangible profits generated from non-US markets from the US to a lower tax jurisdiction.

Why they chose us:  The company valued our experience helping technology companies implement IP holding company structures to reduce overall effective tax rate, and in turn, significantly increase the company’s pre-IPO valuation. 

Centralizing IP for a Silicon Valley-based software company across three jurisdictions

Client: Silicon Valley-based software company

Our role: Assisting the software company in centralizing IP from three jurisdictions (a result of several successive acquisitions) into the US and Ireland.  At the same time, we implemented a plan for legal entity rationalization to reduce duplicate and dormant entities.  As a result of the integration planning work, the company is projected to save approximately $6M in global taxes over 5 years.

Why they chose us: US technology companies frequently acquire non-US technology companies resulting in a need to integrate two operating legal entity structures.  The software company chose us for our extensive cross-border delivery of services experience that would deliver an efficient integration within tight deadlines and create a significantly simplified structure.

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