Amanda Miller Collins
Vice president and lead European counsel
As a UK-focused, Irish-headquartered entity with operational headquarters in the US, primary listing on the London Stock Exchange and a secondary listing on Nasdaq, Shire’s legal team needs a lot of cross-border expertise. The former Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer lawyer Amanda Miller Collins has been part of Shire’s legal division since 2003 and, where the pharmaceutical industry has witnessed frenzied deal-making in recent years, has been tasked with helping co-ordinate the company’s growth.
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Legal director, offer and supply chain
Anna Lawrence is legal director of Kingfisher’s offer and supply chain business unit. Formed in 2015, the business brings together the buying teams for a large portfolio of home improvement brands, including B&Q and Screwfix in the UK and Brico Dépôt and Castorama in France, with Lawrence now overseeing everything from managing relationships with suppliers to monitoring IP on thousands of product lines globally.
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Vice president and counsel, litigation
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Recently promoted to vice president and counsel, litigation, Alexandra McGurk is described by one TMT partner as ‘a very clever lawyer who manages a diverse range of problems in a commercial manner with a high degree of focus on positive outcomes’.
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Fast-growth, tech-driven companies are reshaping the economy. But what’s it like to be their general counsel?
As the old joke goes, if you want to make a million from a start-up, start with three million. It is a market-dominated by founders’ visions rather than revenue-generating products. That typically means a lot of money is burned through before investors can expect returns. But, as recent high-value initial public offerings have shown, the rewards on offer can be enormous. Start-ups are also becoming hugely important to the wider economy. In the UK alone, they are worth nearly £200bn a year, according to a recent report by Virgin StartUp.
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Industry/sector: Venture capital
Founders: Jeff Lynn, Carlos Silva
Chief legal officer: Karen Kerrigan
Seedrs began as an MBA project at Oxford’s Saïd Business School before launching in 2012. In May that year it raised £1.3m in funding and received authorisation to become the first regulated equity crowdfunding platform in the world. Like Crowdcube, its model is based on bringing crowd investors and entrepreneurs together to invest in start-ups. It has now funded over 350 companies and helped to invest over £130m through campaigns on its platform.
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Founders: Gareth Williams, Barry Smith, Bonamy Grimes
General counsel: Carolyn Jameson
Founded in Edinburgh in 2001, Skyscanner has revenues of £120m and has offices in Edinburgh, Glasgow and London in the UK with additional offices in locations including Singapore, Beijing, Miami, Barcelona, and Tokyo. The site is available in over 30 languages and on average is used by 60 million people per month.
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Industry/sector: Medical research/data
Founded: 2010 (DeepMind), 2016 (DeepMind Health)
Founders (DeepMind): Demis Hassabis (pictured), Shane Legg, Mustafa Suleyman
General counsel: Trevor Callaghan (DeepMind)
In early 2016, Google-owned artificial intelligence (AI) specialist DeepMind announced it would create a healthcare division. DeepMind has chalked up some notable successes in advanced AI – including creating AlphaGo, the first programme to beat a human player at the game of Go – making the formation of DeepMind Health one of the most touted recent developments in the life sciences sector.
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Founders: Tom Valentine, Alex Saint
Head of legal: Christine Cordon
Heralded as one of the UK’s runaway tech success stories, members-only British travel company Secret Escapes has made its mark in the travel industry selling heavily discounted luxury hotel stays and trips through its website and mobile app.
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