Zickie Lim

Position: Partner
Phone: +(44)(0)1223 222482
Fax: +(44)(0)1223 222252
Offices:Cambridge

What can I do for you?

I lead a team of lawyers who advise venture capital funds, business angels and angel groups, corporates and family office funds. We advise these clients on their fund creation and fund structuring, their portfolio investments, predominantly in early stage and growing technology businesses, their portfolio management issues and their exits. My team also works with a range of fast growth technology businesses get set up and investment ready, raise funds through equity or debt financings and grow their business' activities through to successful exits, such as trade sales, management buy outs or IPOs. We're a very busy team - in the last 12 months we have advised in relation to over 90 investment deals with a total value of in excess of £100 million.

I have a particular interest and strong track record of advising on university spin outs and have advised in relation to over 80 spin outs from universities throughout the UK including Cambridge, Oxford, Warwick, Birmingham, Manchester, Sheffield and East Anglia.

Supporting my clients’ objectives

A real highlight for me is the work we have undertaken for one of our university spin out clients. It’s been particularly satisfying as we’ve advised them since spin out. We advised the business on a number of venture capital fundraisings, raising an aggregate of over £35 million from a syndicate of five VC investors. We have also helped the company make a strategic technology acquisition from one of the leading international providers of defence and security based services and have set up two international joint ventures with multinational leaders in the integrated power systems and mining sectors. Our client is now well placed to scale up its technology, commission and operate a pilot plant and embark on commercial supply. I am very proud to have played a part in this.

What do others say?

Our team is well known for practical, commercial solutions and for our depth of resource. In Chambers UK, clients say I “go above and beyond to get the best deal" for my clients. In addition, in Legal 500 I am commended for my “speed, imagination and ability to lead transactions”.

What else should you know?

I am a member of the UK Business Angels Association.

I have authored a suite of documents and know how for the university spin out sector, which has been published in Practical Law Company, a leading supplier of precedents and know how to the legal profession. I also provide talks to some of our university technology transfer office clients on university spin outs and issues relating to these.