Technology & life sciences
Understanding your sector
Our team has a real grasp and comprehensive understanding of the issues that affect start-up and high growth companies within the technology and life sciences sectors.
We have worked with hundreds of such enterprises, often right through their life cycle to successful exit.
We act for more Archangel invested companies in Scotland than any other adviser
We have also invested in key relationships over many years so that we are in a prime position to advise our clients on those issues most relevant to technology and life sciences. For example:
Funding: particularly in the current climate, our connections to Scotland’s angel community are invaluable. Not only can we connect our clients to investors, we stay close to the business angel network to ensure that we are completely up to date in terms of their tastes, requirements and priorities. As well as the angel syndicates themselves, we work closely with and advise LINC, their umbrella organisation.
Business solutions: we are agents for Xero, an innovative online accounting package which allows co-sharing of your documents, perfectly suited to technology and life sciences companies.
Specialist tax: the full extent of tax relief available to technology and life sciences companies is sometimes unclear. We can help you to understand how to get the most out of the Enterprise Investment Scheme, the Seed Enterprise Investment Scheme, Entrepreneurs’ Relief, Enterprise Management Incentives and Research and Development tax credits.
International expansion: For many technology and life sciences companies, international expansion – often into the US – is a crucial part of the company’s growth strategy. We have advised a wide range of companies through this process – from structuring and staffing the overseas presence in the best way, to financing the expansion, to introducing the best local advice. We don’t just advise from afar – we visit our clients’ overseas operations on a regular basis to make sure we really understand the local dynamics. Learn more about our network of international offices through Moore Stephens International.
Exits: Exits are now top of the agenda for investors. We understand their ambitions and know exactly how you can position your proposition to best effect when raising finance. We deliver too – we have taken many technology and life sciences companies from start up to a successful exit, helping the promoters structure the transaction in the best way to maximise their return.
One of three
We are one of only three financial advisers to support the work of LINC
We get involved. Our specialists lecture on the commercialisation of technology and life sciences at both Edinburgh and Heriot Watt Universities. And we engage with the creators of new business through regular speaking slots at business and networking events.
Our contacts include some of the most experienced lawyers in this area, support network advisers, grant funders, business angels and R&D specialists. These connections enable us to provide you with practical tips and hands-on advice for real situations.
Related case studies
We were able to spot an issue with the tax situation of this client which had lain undetected by their previous advisers.
We have supported this company through its expansion across the UK and establishment in the US.
We have advised the company's CEO for many years and introduced a key contact who went on to become Chairman of the company.