JAG Shaw Baker is a strategic law firm that advises entrepreneurs, companies and investors across high-growth technology markets such as life sciences, clean tech and digital technology. Founded in 2013, it has a firm grasp on the nuances, influencers and contributors in the European technology, investor and venture capital ecosystem which helps its clients reach their business goals faster. Its UK and US trained lawyers have extensive corporate and commercial expertise and a passion for high-growth companies and investors.
From landmark intellectual property wins in China, terms of agreement for a book launch in Space, creating legal frameworks for clinical trials to shepherding a music platform to 40 million users, advising a disruptive financial tech company and M&A for sale-side venture-backed acquisitions, JAG Shaw Baker’s legal team creates a collaborative culture and gives its clients access to exceptional commercial legal advice and industry expertise.
Bigger the network. Better the company
JAG Shaw Baker creates partnerships with its clients that help them create sustainable businesses, successful investments or exits. The firm is dedicated to helping its clients achieve their ambitions and create strong global businesses that contribute to health of the global technology market. Its best-in-class legal advice helps high-growth companies in elevating their brand to a global investment community. The companies JAG Shaw has advised include Anterra Capital, 500.co, Anthemis Group, Atomico, Avillion, Beringea, Borrow My Doggy, CellCentric, Bioven, Skype, Soundcloud and other renowned companies.
Practices and Markets
JAG Shaw Baker’s strategic commercial and corporate legal practice is focused on the life sciences, clean tech and digital technology markets. It specialises in UK, US and European corporate finance, investment, M&A, intellectual property, commercial contracts, due diligence and general counsel matters for every stage of a company’s life. The firm’s UK and US trained lawyers provide practical business guidance and collaborative advice to entrepreneurs, companies and investors in their business transactions and relationships with commercial and corporate partners. JAG Shaw Baker is also a gateway to Europe for US entrepreneurs and global VC investors.
Here are some of its prominent practices:
Life Sciences: JAG Shaw Baker has one of the most renowned life sciences practices in the UK. It helps companies commercialise technology and scientific discoveries. The firm’s life sciences practice helps companies bring more innovative drugs, therapies and devices to the market which helps people live longer and healthier lives. It has solid experience in helping companies develop, test and commercialise pharmaceutical products through their entire life cycle. It also helps companies invest and commercialise in technology and scientific discoveries. JAG Shaw Baker’s clients include pharmaceuticals, biotechs, medical devices and healthcare companies.
Corporate: The corporate team has a unique set of legal expertise to meet the business nuances of investors, VCs and high-growth companies. And, no matter what name the UK startup market goes by – Tech City, Silicon Roundabout, Silicon Allee, Cambridge Cluster, or the Manchester Tech scene – JAG Shaw Baker’s practice is always centered on supporting the UK and European technology market with strategic legal advice and business guidance through every stage of a company’s lifecycle.
The team works with key contributors and stakeholders in the European tech community including start-ups and incubators, multinational enterprises and government organizations. It also partners with leading European VC firms and accelerators to advise investors on the best path to take to protect those investments and help build the business through to a successful exit.
Intellectual Property: JAG Shaw Baker has one of the strongest intellectual property (IP) and brand protection practices in the UK. The specialised team advises on the commercialisation, exploitation and enforcement of IP rights, covering contentious and non-contentious issues relating to patents, trade marks, copyright and other IP rights. From advising a children’s e-publishing business on various prize competitions including sending the winner’s book to be read on the International Space Station to anti-counterfeiting support for a global financial services provider in Europe, US, China and Australia, its IP practice helps high-growth companies protect their investment so they can expand without worry and focus on their business.
JAG Shaw Baker’s UK and US trained legal team are highly specialised experts in their practice and market domains, enabling its clients an edge over their competition. Collectively the firm has represented hundreds of European high-growth companies and investors on strategic transactions with US and European investors and strategic buyers.
Meet the charming duo: Tina Baker and James Shaw
Tina Baker, Co-founder and Partner, Corporate: Tina is both a US (New York State Bar) and UK English qualified lawyer. She was formerly the chair of Brown Rudnick LLP’s European Emerging Technologies and Venture Capital Practice. Tina has nearly 20 years of experience representing venture capital funds and emerging technology companies on international financings, exits and commercial transactions.
James Shaw, Co-founder and Partner, Life Sciences & Corporate: Since qualifying as a lawyer in 2000, James has helped entrepreneurs, high-growth technology based companies and investors navigate their way through multiple rounds of financing, growth, scale-up and ultimately exit/liquidity event. James is a leading transactional venture capital lawyer, advising entrepreneurs, companies and investors through the funding life-cycle. Over the years, James has also been one of the most prolific University spin-out lawyers to life sciences companies and continues to advise on spin-out activity.