Harper Macleod LLP, one of the country's leading law firms, has strengthened its position in Scotland's start-up and SME sector by becoming a Corporate Partner of LINC Scotland, the national association for business angels.
The firm, which has one of the largest corporate teams in Scotland, already has a strong reputation for working within Scotland's SME sector and growing entrepreneurial ecosystem – working with investors, funders, entrepreneurs and businesses from start-up right through to exit.
Paula Skinner, Partner at Harper Macleod who specialises in working in the SME, start-up and high-growth arena, said: "Angel syndicates and structured investment groups have become a crucial part of the Scotland's business culture. As a firm we advise scores of companies requiring the support offered by these investors, as well as the investors themselves.
"It is a perfect fit for us to develop this close working relationship with LINC Scotland by becoming Corporate Partners. We are already actively involved in developing this area of the marketplace, working with partners to deliver innovative solutions and stimulate the market for new investors and those who want to get involved.
"We can't wait to work even more closely with LINC and its members as we all pursue the goal of improving the operation of the marketplace to the benefit of all concerned."
LINC Scotland represents most of the main angel groups and syndicates as well as individual investors, working to support and improve the functioning of the marketplace.
Harper Macleod brings vast experience with both business angel and VC funding, and also public sector funding from the likes of the Scottish Investment Bank.
As one of Scotland's leading full service law firms, it will also offer LINC Scotland members access to specialists within areas including intellectual property, banking and finance, retail and franchising, employment and data protection.
David Grahame, Chief Executive of LINC Scotland said: "The business angel market in Scotland is recognised as one of the most developed and we want to continue to build on that success. We can do this best by working with the most capable and engaged professional partners and that certainly describes Harper Macleod. Long active in corporate finance and with a growing reputation in the SME sector the firm has a natural synergy with our role as the national association for business angels. We are delighted to be taking forward this new Partnership."
Harper Macleod is also Legal Ambassadors to Entrepreneurial Spark, the leading business incubator, and is active in Scotland's developing crowdfunding market, helping several clients carry out successful campaigns.