Biography

Tim Davison is a Partner in the international Corporate group. He advises entrepreneurs, investors, private and public companies on a wide range of complex cross-border transactions, including mergers & acquisitions, joint ventures, corporate venture capital, venture capital, and private equity. Tim’s practice areas include technology and telecommunications, media and entertainment, life sciences and healthcare.

Tim also has significant experience drafting and advising on a variety of cross-border commercial matters for clients in the technology, life sciences and media sectors, including manufacturing agreements, strategic partnerships, licensing agreements, software as a service (SaaS) agreements, joint development agreements, and supply of goods and services agreements.

Awards

Representation

Advised Vodafone on its commercial joint venture with Everything Everywhere and Telefonica for digital wallet and related products and services.

Advised on Europe’s largest private equity deal in the IT sector in 2010, advising Sophos plc on the sale by the Founders and TA Associates to Apax for $830 million.

Advised Aviva Ventures on its Series B investment into Owlstone Medical, a UK-based cancer diagnostics technology company.

Advised ABB Technology Ventures on its Series A and Series B investments into Cambridge Medical Robotics, a UK-based surgical robotics company.

Advised a listed Asian corporation on the sale of two of their UK subsidiaries, the first being a digital optical technology company and the second being a 3D graphics semiconductor company.

Advised Acorn Media Group on the acquisition of a majority stake in Agatha Christie Limited and then on the sale of Acorn Media Group to NYSE-listed RLJ Entertainment for $105 million.

Advised Faraday Grid Ltd on a large array of matters including a number of funding rounds, including a £25m series A financing round by an investment vehicle of Adam Neumann, the co-founder and ex-CEO of WeWork.

Advised AV8 Ventures, backed by the Allianz Group, on investments in two companies including M·QUBE, a fintech company disrupting the UK’s mortgage industry by reducing the time needed to receive mortgage approvals.

Advised Sasol New Energy on its £15 million corporate venturing investment in Oxis Energy, a UK batteries technology company.

Advising an IT technology company, based in the USA and UK, on various joint development and licensing arrangements with some of the world’s largest IT and media service providers.

Advised a UK corporate venture on its Series B investment into a Silicon Valley based sensor technology company.

Advised a large U.S. listed group on its acquisition of a children’s television channel, and a 10-year joint venture for the distribution of children’s TV content.

Advised a UK electric motors company on its corporate venturing funding by and joint venture with a global engineering group.

Advised Cambridge Cognition Holdings plc on its IPO on AIM and associated fundraising.

Education

Nottingham Law School, Legal Practice Course
University of Warwick

Bar Admissions

England and Wales
Publications
Co-author of a chapter in the book, “Practical Guide to the Treatment of Intellectual Property in Acquisitions and Investments” (Published by: Global Law and Business), 2015
Author, “Latest Trends in Corporate Venture Capital” (Published in Financier Worldwide), 2017
Author, “Insights from a Review of Corporate Venture Capital Investments” (Published in Transaction Advisers), 2017
Awards and Honors
Recommended Lawyer  in The Legal 500 UK, 2020 for Venture Capital
Recognised in The Legal 500 UK, 2015-2017 for Venture Capital, as "excellent" and a "good operator"
Recommended in The Legal 500 UK, 2014 for M&A: Mid-Market, as "professional" and "committed"