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.
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.