Shoosmiths is a law firm clients choose for excellent service, incisive thinking and above all for its ability to focus on what matters. The firm serves UK and international clients from its offices across the United Kingdom and Brussels. Shoosmiths is a trailblazer in client excellence and innovation, winning prestigious industry awards and rankings including winning UK Law Firm of the Year at the British Legal Awards and being ranked as one of Europe’s most innovative firms in the FT’s Innovative Lawyers Report, 2023.

According to Experian’s M&A Review 2023, Shoosmiths’ corporate team advised on more transactions in the UK than any other firm, upwards of 400 deals. Shoosmiths were also recognised in Pitchbook’s Global League Tables as being the most active firm advising on venture capital transactions throughout 2023, and the second most active across Europe. To assist entrepreneurs navigating the world of venture capital funding, Shoosmiths has recently developed a dedicated founders portal, providing key resources to help business owners unpick the legal implications of the funding process to ensure that their business is investment ready.

To find out more about Shoosmiths and the positive impact the firm is making across its clients, people, and ESG and innovations, please take a look at its Impact Report 2023.

Why Shoosmiths is supporting The Gender Index:

Shoosmiths wants to play a part in ensuring greater gender equality in the SME space and recognises the need for improved quality of data and analysis to identify where there are gender gaps.

This important work will benefit the Shoosmiths’ spHERe network, a community supporting female founders and venture capitalists within the venture capital space.The venture capital (VC) and private equity (PE) landscapes in the UK are pivotal in driving innovation and growth. Despite their importance, there exists a notable gender gulf in funding allocation for female founders, and even more so for Black and Asian female founders.

spHERe’s goal is to help women to be successful through creating a forum for meaningful networking opportunities, helping to address the disparities that exist between female and male entrepreneurs.

Shoosmiths was featured in the Rose Review Progress Report 2023 highlighting its efforts to support female founded businesses.

Shoosmiths is proud to use its platform to support female founders on their funding journey and to proactively play a part in closing the funding gap through our collaborations and partnerships. Building on the work of the spHERe network, with a second summit on the horizon for 2024, Shoosmiths is a proud partner of the Gender Index.

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