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Watson Burton advises on multi-million dollar tech sector deals

22 Mar 17
Duncan Reid
London-based investment management and advisory company Arie Capital Ltd has completed three investments - worth a total of $11.2 million - into innovative technology companies with the support of law firm Watson Burton.

Newcastle-headquartered Watson Burton advised on three equity investments for Arie Capital Limited, which has organised and advised on the investments on behalf of Singapore-based Golden Arie Hi Tech Investments Pte Ltd, a technology-oriented company focusing on connectivity, mobile and data transmission innovative technologies, and investing mostly in Israel, Europe and Asia.

The funds were invested in FloLive, a London-based IoT (Internet of Things) solutions provider, along with its sister organisations FloConnect and FloData. Singapore-headquartered Oasis Smart Sim Pte Ltd, a specialist in USIM technology connectivity and management was the second investee. Finally, Golden Arie Hi Tech Investments Pte Ltd has invested into NVF Tech Limited (which trades as REDUX), an audio technology firm based in Cambridgeshire.

Watson Burton’s team provided all round legal support to Arie Capital Ltd, advising on the terms of the investments and the investment agreements.

Duncan Reid, head of corporate at Watson Burton, said: “We were delighted to be able to support Arie Capital Limited and to see the three deals reach a successful outcome for all parties involved.

“We were able to draw on our investment experience, understanding of the technology sector and commercial acumen to ensure that the investment process ran as smoothly as possible in each instance – and we supported the Arie Capital team every step of the way.”

Simon Tobelem of Arie Capital Limited, who is now an investor director at each of the investee companies, added: “Watson Burton’s expertise in dealing with major investments, coupled with its high level of commercial awareness, was demonstrated throughout their work with us.

“Watson Burton provided practical advice and guidance on the three investments and worked with us hand in hand to complete these complex international transactions. Their approach was greatly appreciated.”

Watson Burton, which also has offices in Leeds and London, has built up a strong track record in the investment market. It recently advised fund management company FW Capital on a £750,000 investment into training specialist PTM Group, while last year, the firm supported Northstar Ventures in relation to the establishment of the £150 million Accelerated Digital Ventures fund, a specialist national technology fund; this was one of the largest deals in the North East in 2016.

In January, Watson Burton took second place in Experian’s Deal Review and Advisor League Table for the North East in 2016, having advised on 26 disclosable deals for companies based in the North East.