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techlaw profile – nick goldstein

The techlaw internship programme places law students with fast-growing tech companies. We caught up with Nick Goldstein to talk about his techlaw internship experience.

dealing with data in contracts 

If you provide SaaS products or services to your clients as part of your business, this guide is for you. We’ll cover what you need to know if you handle…

Venture Capital Fund Bill

This year’s Budget announced $300m of new Government funding for NZ’s fledging venture capital industry, and Minister Parker wasted no time introducing a Bill to set up a new fund…

Surgical Design Studio raises $4.3m

We are delighted to have advised Surgical Design Studio on its recent capital raise of $4,300,000.  Icehouse Ventures led the round, followed by investors including UniServices, Eden Ventures, NZVIF and…
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2019 half year capital raising numbers

Our venture capital lawyers in New Zealand and Singapore have been extremely busy for the first six months of 2019, helping clients close 50 capital raising deals by the end…

Atlassian’s M&A term sheet

Atlassian made a splash in the tech M&A world recently by publishing their term sheet for strategic acquisitions. So why has Atlassian gone public with its terms, when acquisition terms…
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new series A funding for NZ startups

Last Thursday’s budget included $300m of funding for the NZ tech sector, targeting the country’s venture capital gap. $240 million of the new funding will come from contributions earmarked for the New…

meet the VCs investor line-up

We’re super excited to announce the line-up of international VCs who’ll be attending the Simmonds Stewart, Balgarnie van Rooyen and ATEED meet the VC’s event on Wednesday, 22 May at…

research and development tax credit bill

The R&D tax credit bill (introduced to Parliament in October of 2018) will replace the existing system of Callaghan Innovation R&D grants with a tax credit system. Under the Callaghan…

2018 capital raising numbers

We’ve crunched the numbers and confirmed that 2018 was by far our busiest year for capital raising activity. In total we helped clients close 92 deals.   This is a big…
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seeking companies to host techlaw interns

Our 2019 techlaw intern programme is getting underway, and we’re looking for Auckland based tech companies who would like to participate. A quick recap on how the scheme works: we…
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launching our free GDPR privacy policy tool

Earlier this year, our intrepid commercial lawyers were inundated with increasingly panicked enquiries from Kiwi tech companies about GDPR compliance. This got us thinking that there had to be a…

the commercial team is expanding

We’ve been on the look-out for superstars to help Victoria and Averill wrangle commercial contracts around the world.  So we’re delighted to report that Georgina Leslie has joined our team…
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sale of swipedon to smartspace software

Our Auckland team, led by Julie Fowler, has advised the shareholders of SwipedOn Limited on the sale of their shares to Smartspace Software Limited, a wholly owned subsidiary of Smartspace Software Plc, for $11m in cash and shares.
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the techlaw intern programme in review

We launched the techlaw intern programme this year, which paired law students from the University of Auckland with NZ tech companies for some hands-on work experience.  Jude, UniServices, Endace, and 9 Spokes were our hosts.
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experian leads $28million series C investment in c88

Our Simmonds Stewart Southeast Asia team is thrilled to have advised fintech leader, C88 Financial Technologies, on its $28 million series C investment round led by Experian. The deal represents one of the largest fintech investments ever in the region.
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bambu deal

Our lawyers Chris Wilson and Sarah Yen recently advised Singapore-based fintech Bambu on its S$3 million series A round, which closed earlier this month.  The round was led by Franklin Templeton Investments, a US…
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new southeast asia startup templates

We’re excited to release eight new, free legal templates for Southeast Asian startups: a startup shareholders’ agreement a SAFE a KISS term sheet an advisor share agreement an m&a term…

cap tables

We had a great response to the SaaS cap table survey in our April newsletter, so we've decided to create two of our own template cap tables.
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GDPR is coming

The European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) comes into effect on 25 May 2018 and represents a big change to current EU data protection laws. The GDPR expands the…
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entrepreneur first presentation

Singapore team members Chris and Sarah recently spoke to the latest group of founders from global company builder Entrepreneur First.  In the presentation and Q&A session, we talked about how…
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old dog, new tricks?

We’ve got some pretty ambitious plans for Simmonds Stewart, including developing our many free legal templates into a suite of automated doc makers.

caltex startup accelerator open for entries

Slingshot, an Australian accelerator program that connects large corporates with startups via tailored accelerator programmes, recently announced the Caltex Spark 12 week accelerator. The accelerator will run from May 7 to August 1 in Sydney.
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AoG – back in the saddle

We’re delighted to have been appointed to the Gen 2 All of Government external legal providers panel to advise public sector agencies on their IT projects and related issues.  In…

ICO update

We are receiving a lot of enquiries from NZ startups, and more established tech companies, about the legalities of NZ companies raising investment via an ICO.
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2017 capital raising numbers

We’re happy to report that 2017, while not quite reaching the heights of the previous year, was still a great year for our corporate lawyers advising on capital raising deals.

doc makers upgrade

We’ve been super busy upgrading the Simmonds Stewart website to make our doc makers more awesome. There are two main changes: users can now access the doc makers (and Word…

new templates for NZ angel deals

Simmonds Stewart has inspired an Angel Association working group that is aiming to produce a new set of template investment documents for use in NZ angel deals.

SEC initial coin offering (ICO) report

The US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has just issued a report warning that Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs) may be deemed to be securities, making them subject to United States' securities laws. But what does this mean?

2017 capital raising numbers so far

After our bumper year of capital raising in 2016, we’ve been keeping an eye on the level of capital raising activity amongst our clients as 2017 progresses.

constitution document generator

We are stoked to have completed the automation of our template tech company constitution, using the SaaS platform of Aussie doc automation company ZumeForms.
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reflections on 2016 from the commercial team

Each year, while our corporate team releases its stats on capital raising deals and sums involved, the wallflowers of Simmonds Stewart (aka the commercial team) simply do what they always…
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2016 capital raising numbers

Our 2016 capital raising numbers are in and we’re pleased to report a big increase in activity over 2015. In total, we helped our clients complete 83 capital raising transactions, up from 43 in 2015.
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2016 capital raising numbers so far

We’ve been crunching the numbers on our capital raising activity this year. So far, we’ve completed 50 transactions with another 25 in train, the majority of which will be done…

morgo 2016

I was lucky enough to attend the Morgo conference in Queenstown last week. The speakers were great – mostly Kiwi entrepreneurs talking about the tribulations and trials of building high growth companies…

foundercon is go!

We’ve enjoyed the great discussion over the last few days about the proposals arising from the Simon Moutter led tour of the Israeli startup ecosystem. One of the issues that…

angel at my table

Every year the New Zealand Software Association holds its annual Angel At My Table event – one of the most popular nights on the NZSA calendar.  The event sees four…

bizdojo partnership

As a tech focused law firm, we’re always looking for ways to engage with NZ’s awesome startup and entrepreneur community. As a result, we partnered with BizDojo Wellington earlier this…

kiwi tech companies to head to singapore?

We are pleased to have advised New Zealand’s cloud video production company, 90 Seconds, on their $11 million series A round led by global venture capital firm, Sequoia Capital. The…

victoria stewart appointed as CEO

We are pleased to announce the appointment of Victoria Stewart as chief executive officer of the firm, effective from 1 April 2016.  Victoria also re-joins the firm as a partner…

2015 capital raising numbers

At the start of each year, we like to spend some time analysing data on the transactions which we worked on in the previous year. The numbers are now in…

‘clbuttic’ find/replace mistakes

In the midst of crawling through 50+ page contracts we do get odd moments of humour.  Yesterday’s one was courtesy of Word’s find/replace feature. Find/replace is a pretty useful tool for…

my fair liability

On Tuesday 17 June a number of important changes to NZ’s consumer law regime will come into effect.  This blog discusses a change to the Fair Trading Act 1986(the FTA)…

always have a deck handy

We work with a lot of early stage and high growth tech companies that have a capital raise in their short to medium term business plans, and we are often…

the source of the problem . . .

The dramas keep coming for Telecom with the collapse of a small software provider who owns the source code on which the XT network is built.  The public details are…
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