Media Release: JAG Shaw secures Astia for Edinburgh

VENTURE capital and private equity lawyers, JAG Shaw, have secured Astia to lead a discussion, with the Scottish Investment Bank, on life science and tech investment in Scotland, to coincide with the Scottish Enterprise Life Sciences annual dinner this Thursday 9th February.

Says a spokesperson: “The breakfast meeting, which is Astia’s first foray into Scotland, will give attendees the opportunity to hear about Astia’s Global programmes for entrepreneurs, and to meet fellow entrepreneurs and members of the Astia European Advisory Board.

“Dedicated to the success of women-led, high-growth ventures, Astia was founded in 1998 in Silicon Valley.

“Its programmes are designed and delivered by entrepreneurs for entrepreneurs and has resulted in an exceptional success rate for its client companies.

“Since 2003, Astia companies have raised more than $1bn and achieved 23 successful equity exits, including two IPOs.”

James Shaw, founder and managing director of JAG Shaw, said:

“This is a fantastic opportunity for Scotland’s world leading life sciences community to benefit from Astia’s global reach and experience in providing access to capital and ensuring sustainable high growth.

“JAG Shaw started 2012 in California speaking to delegates about venture capital trends and opportunities in Europe, and, given the recent Memorandum of Understanding between Scotland and the prestigious Californian Institute of Regenerative Medicine – which recognises the unique skills in life sciences that exist in our two regions – this seemed like the perfect time to introduce Astia to the Scottish life sciences community.”

Scottish Investment Bank is co-sponsoring the event; which is also supported by the WS Society and Nexxus Scotland – the network organisation for the life sciences community in Scotland.

Catherine Williams of JAG Shaw and member of the European Astia Board of Advisors said:

“I’m delighted that my colleagues at JAG Shaw have helped facilitate this breakfast meeting; I think it speaks volumes about the firm’s understanding of the opportunities in the international life science and tech markets.”

JAG Shaw, an innovative legal boutique with operations in London and Edinburgh, offers bespoke legal advice to companies and investors operating in science and technology based industries.

The firm has strong contacts with European funds and major US Pharma venture vehicles, and is quickly developing an enviable reputation both North and South of the border for its legal expertise in this arena.



JAG Shaw – Venture Capital and  Private Equity Lawyers

JAG Shaw is rapidly establishing itself as a leading legal adviser to venture capital and private equity investors and equity-backed companies.

Serving an international client base on all aspects of transactional and non-transactional corporate and commercial law, the firm specialises in venture capital and private equity law, and maintains a particular focus on the life sciences and tech sectors.

Founded by James Shaw, JAG Shaw now comprises 6 partners in London and Edinburgh, and has a blue chip client list. Catherine Williams joined the firm in July 2011 – and is an expert in VC and M&A deals. Catherine is also on the European Board of Advisers of ASTIA.

About Astia

Astia is a global not-for-profit organisation with a distinct focus and mission – to propel women’s full participation as entrepreneurs and leaders in high-growth businesses, fueling innovation and driving economic growth. Guided by a proven philosophy that gender diversity is an essential element of innovation, Astia works with start-ups around the world as they access capital, grow their businesses, and hone the leadership skills of their founding teams.

The Astia model of engaging a community of 1,500 experts to the benefit of the select start-ups it serves has resulted in an exceptional success rate: since 2003, over 60 percent of companies that have participated in the Astia Investor Forums have secured funding or achieved an exit within one year of presenting, totalling more than $1 billion dollars raised and 23 exits, including two IPOs.

Headquartered in San Francisco, Astia delivers programs for entrepreneurs in Silicon Valley, New York, London and India. Astia has also had significant press coverage in major media channels including The New York Times, Businessweek, Forbes and The Financial Times.

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The Scottish Investment Bank

The Scottish Investment Bank is a division of Scottish Enterprise which operates Scotland-wide, in partnership with Highlands and Islands Enterprise. It operates a suite of funds to support Scotland’s SME funding market to ensure that both early stage and established businesses with growth potential have adequate access to growth capital.

For further information please contact: James Shaw at JAG Shaw, on 0203 170 7955;

Or Peter Nowell, Brand Vista, on 07974 926 243;

JAG Shaw has offices in London and in Edinburgh:


JAG Shaw

33 St James’s Square




JAG Shaw

11 Great King Street



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