Pinsent Masons advises Oxford Sciences Innovation on £230m fundraising

09 Dec 2016 | 01:24 pm | 1 min. read

International law firm Pinsent Masons has advised Oxford Sciences Innovation plc (OSI) on its £230m financing round via a private placement of ordinary shares.

OSI provides capital and scaling expertise to businesses driven by intellectual property developed at the University of Oxford. The company's mission is to build on the University's mission as one of the world's leading research institutions, and further enhance its track record for developing globally successful businesses.

The capital raised will increase the scale of worldwide innovative ideas from the University of Oxford into world class companies. OSI's capital base previously stood at £350m, which is boosted to almost £600m with this fresh injection of capital.

The Pinsent Masons team was led by corporate partner Russell Booker, assisted by Dan Hickie.

Commenting on the fundraising, Russell Booker, partner from Pinsent Masons said:

"It's great to see this fundraising round come to fruition and we're pleased to have been able to use our expertise in this area to assist Oxford Sciences Innovation in taking the next step in its journey to develop a world-renowned commercial ecosystem."

The investment round included both new and existing investors including some of Asia's leading technology companies and sovereign wealth funds, as well as European industrialists. Major corporate investors in OSI include Invesco Asset Management Limited, IP Group plc, Lansdowne Partners (UK) LLP, Oxford University Endowment Management, the Wellcome Trust and Woodford Investment Management LLP. Its individual investors include the entrepreneur Sir Charles Dunstone and artificial intelligence pioneer Demis Hassabis of Google Deep Mind. 

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