Battle of the Terms: Negotiating a Series A Term Sheet

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Are you a start-up or entrepreneur seeking investment? Need free legal advice on raising venture capital? CW Founder members’ Bird & Bird will provide an overview of the operative provisions of a typical series A term sheet as well as opportunities for active participation in the negotiation process

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About the event

This workshop will incorporate active participation in a term sheet negotiation session where participants will be allocated into teams with a Bird & Bird lawyer to role-play either a typical start-up company or an investor in negotiation of a term sheet. The aim of the session is to highlight key considerations from the company and investor side and to demonstrate reasonable market standards. After the workshop there will be networking over drinks.

This Legal SIG event is championed by Ali Ramadan of Bird & Bird

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Hosted and co-curated by Bird & Bird

Bird & Bird is an international commercial law firm.

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Welcome and Overview of a Series A Term Sheet from Ali Ramadan of Bird & Bird


Split into Groups for the Term Sheet Battles.

Groups led by Bird & Bird lawyers: Ali Ramadan, Shing Lo, Mark Rundall and Kenzo Onumonu.
Groups will role-play either start-up companies or investors.


Summation of the battles, followed by Debate between Start-Up groups and Investor groups, chaired by Ali Ramadan


Networking and drinks


Event Closes


Shing Lo - Legal Director, Bird & Bird

Ali Ramadan

Ali's practice focuses on general corporate transactions for both private and public companies. He has particular experience in private equity transactions as well as mergers and acquisitions. In particular Ali has experience working with growth technology companies on issues through their development including venture capital funding rounds, public offerings and mergers and acquisitions. Ali also has experience in debt finance transactions as well as secondary market trading of debt securities and claims.

Mark Rundall - Associate, Bird & Bird

SIG Champions

Julia Gwilt - Partner, Appleyard Lees IP LLP

Since joining the patent profession in 1997, Julia has worked on software-implemented inventions such as cryptography and communication networks as well as inventions having complex mathematics, including machine learning at their core. Julia also has considerable experience of working with clients whose inventions lie outside of mathematics in technologies such as agricultural equipment and consumer products including sanitary ware, hair-care devices and e-readers. As well as managing the prosecution of patent portfolios covering the UK and overseas, she has been involved in contentious matters. In recent years, she has managed over 70 oppositions to European patents, most in the field of electronic program guides. Julia is also very interested in training and is a founding member of the Patent Examination Board. In her former position as a partner at Marks & Clerk LLP, Julia spearheaded the training academy which provided both academic support and a peer network to help M&C trainees in preparing for the examinations. She also offers bespoke training programmes to her clients.

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Anthony Waller - Partner, CMS

Anthony Waller is a partner in the Corporate/M&A Team at CMS London. Anthony deals with all aspects of corporate work, including private company and business acquisitions and disposals, public takeovers, schemes of arrangement, fundraisings, venture capital investments and IPOs, joint ventures and reorganisations. Anthony works alongside the firm's international Corporate team. Anthony has advised clients in the TMT sector for many years, advising established international companies on a variety of transactions and public company issues. His practice focuses on high growth technology companies, acting for both the companies themselves and investors into the sector.

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Bird & Bird LLP, 12 New Fetter Lane, London, EC4A 1JP

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