BRIDG­ING THE GAP INTO SOUTH EAST ASIA

Lee Bagshaw wants to as­sist early-stage and es­tab­lished Kiwi tech busi­nesses raise cap­i­tal and ex­plore part­ner­ship and M&A op­por­tu­ni­ties in Southeast Asia. He ex­plains why there’s never been a bet­ter time to do it.

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Lee Bagshaw ex­plains why there’s never been a bet­ter time to raise cap­i­tal and ex­plore part­ner­ships in Southeast Asia.

With his ex­ten­sive ex­pe­ri­ence in the fast-grow­ing Southeast Asian tech land­scape, his con­nec­tions with in­vestors in the re­gion, and re­cent ap­point­ment to bou­tique tech­nol­ogy law firm Sim­monds Ste­wart, based in Welling­ton and Auck­land, Lee Bagshaw is in a unique po­si­tion to ad­vise Kiwi tech firms on cap­i­tal rais­ing, part­ner­ship, and merger and ac­qui­si­tion (M&A) op­por­tu­ni­ties in Southeast Asia. In Sin­ga­pore for the past three years, Bagshaw was a part­ner at RHTLaw Tay­lor Wess­ing, lead­ing their Asian cor­po­rate tech­nol­ogy prac­tice, “help­ing com­pa­nies from both within and out­side of Southeast Asia ma­noeu­vre across the re­gion, in­clud­ing rais­ing cap­i­tal from lo­cal and in­ter­na­tional in­vestors”.

Prior to this he worked in the Lon­don of­fice of Tay­lor Wess­ing, which reg­u­larly tops the rank­ings of UK ven­ture cap­i­tal law firms, and has ex­ten­sive ex­pe­ri­ence in merg­ers, par­tic­u­larly ad­vis­ing on the sale of tech­nol­ogy busi­nesses to in­ter­na­tional buy­ers. Now, hav­ing moved to New Zealand for fam­ily rea­sons, Bagshaw is keen to as­sist young Kiwi tech firms grow and ac­cess fund­ing through his Sin­ga­pore con­nec­tions, as well as act as ad­vi­sor and fa­cil­i­ta­tor for more es­tab­lished New Zealand com­pa­nies look­ing to ex­pand into Southeast Asia through a part­ner­ship or M&A trans­ac­tion. Bagshaw paints a pos­i­tive pic­ture of the Sin­ga­pore tech com­mu­nity, with its busi­ness-friendly poli­cies, and the pos­si­bil­i­ties that the 600 mil­lion strong, and well-con­nected, sur­round­ing ASEAN mar­ket of­fers.

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