Specialist Group Member: Corporate Law & Mergers & Acquisitions
Main Areas of work: Corporate Mergers and Acquisitions
Profile: Nicola specialises in corporate work of all kinds including acquisitions and disposals of companies, and private equity transactions. She spent a number of years working in private equity with KLegal advising both investors and management teams, from initial funding rounds through to exits, including trade sales and IPOs. Nicola was a key member of KPMG's Early Stage Advisory Board. This entailed appraising, assessing and advising a number of early stage technology companies, helping them with their legal and business needs and getting them investment ready. She would then work with them through their investor roadshows and subsequent funding rounds. She was also the in-house counsel for KVentures, the KPMG incubator fund which co-invested in a number of the projects presented to the ESTA Board.
She has continued to develop this experience at Blake Lapthorn working with many early stage technology companies including several university spin-outs and delivering training sessions on investment readiness for both companies and investors for ISIS Innovations, Finance South East, SEEDA, Angels for Growth, Venturefest and the Institute of Business Advisors.
A large part of Nicola's practice involves advising companies active in the climate change sector from carbon offsetting to energy management, from renewable energy to ecologicial and carbon consultancy. To this end Nicola founded and is head of the Climate Change sector group at Blake Lapthorn and also sits on firm's the Environmental Policy Committee.
Nicola was voted "Dealmaker of the Year 2007/08" at the Thames Valley Deal Awards by 300 fellow professionals.