Frances Doherty
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Frances Doherty

Partner
doherty.frances@dorsey.com

Overview

FRANCES IS CO-CHAIR OF DORSEY'S TECHNOLOGY INDUSTRY GROUP AND IS RECOGNIZED AS ONE OF THE PRE-EMINENT TECHNOLOGY LAWYERS WORKING IN LONDON, REPRESENTING VENTURE CAPITAL FUNDS AND EMERGING TECHNOLOGY COMPANIES ON INTERNATIONAL FINANCINGS, EXITS AND COMMERCIAL TRANSACTIONS.

A partner in Dorsey’s Corporate practice group Fran’s particular expertise is in:
  • venture capital and private equity;
  • technology transfer;
  • public offerings and private placements of equity and debt securities;
  • private and public company M&A transactional work including a number of cross border transactions;
  • international joint ventures;
  • international banking and finance work including corporate borrowing and acquisition finance.

Alongside her extensive technology work, Frances has advised clients in a variety of industries, including telecommunications, oil and gas exploration, mining, motor vehicle manufacture and distribution, financial services, film production and financing and medical devices. She represents a number of substantial clients in the Scandinavian region. 

Frances also serves as London office Diversity Partner and as the London office's representative on the Firm's Professional Personnel Committee, which evaluates non-partner professionals. 

Education & Admissions

University of Strathclyde (Diploma in Legal Practice, 1993)

University of Strathclyde (Bachelor of Laws, with Honors (2:1), 1992)

Admissions

  • England & Wales

Languages

  • French

Experience

Representative Clients

Representing:
  • Open Ocean Capital on various UK investments including:
    • EyeEm Limited
    • LoopMe Limited
    • Import.io
    • Personalyze
  • LG Ventures (Liberty Global’s investment arm) on its investment in Cloudsense Limited
  • DNAe Group Holdings Limited on its rights issue, raising £47 million
  • DNAe Group Holdings Limited on its acquisition of Nano MR Inc
  • Vertex as lead investor in £40m Series B1 investment in Bicycle Therapeutics and subsequent £20m in B2 round
  • Adhunter (t/a Adzuna) on its Series C fundraising by Smedvig Capital
  • Predina Tech on its Series A investment by a syndicate led by German corporate investor, Linde
  • Limejump on investments by Statkraft and SET Ventures
  • Apricity, a digital fertility company backed by AXA, on its acquisition of Altrui Limited
  • The shareholders of Kayako on its sale to private equity buyer, ESW

News & Resources

Articles

Brexit: The UK Government Issues Guidelines on the Future of Intellectual Property Laws in the Event of a ‘No Deal’ Brexit
"A Guide to the Companies Act 2006," Taxation
The Prospectus Directive: A New Regime for Europe

News & Press Mentions

Dorsey Partner Frances Doherty Comments on EU Copyright Directive
Dorsey Partner Frances Doherty Warns Brexit Problems for Tech Industry
Dorsey Partner Frances Doherty Says Parliament Doesn't Want to Exit Without Deal
Dorsey’s London Office Receives Multiple Rankings from Legal 500
Chambers UK 2018 Ranks Dorsey Practices and Lawyers
Dorsey’s London Office Receives Multiple Rankings from Legal 500
Chambers UK 2017 Ranks Dorsey Practices and Lawyers
Dorsey & Whitney’s London Office Receives Multiple Rankings from Legal 500
Chambers UK 2016 Ranks Dorsey Practices and Lawyers
Dorsey & Whitney’s London Office Receives Multiple Rankings from Legal 500
Super Lawyers Recognizes 10 Dorsey Attorneys in London
Chambers UK 2015 Ranks Dorsey Practices and Lawyers
Dorsey & Whitney’s London Office Receives Multiple Rankings from Legal 500
Super Lawyers Recognizes 8 Dorsey Attorneys in London
Dorsey Among Top Four US Law Firms For Advice on Key Business Issues

Events & Speaking Engagements

Dorsey 4D Symposium
Breakfast Briefing: A Commercial and Legal Look at Investing in the UK

Industries & Practices

Cybersecurity, Privacy & Social Media
Educational Publishing, Technology & Services
  • Banking & Financial Institutions
  • Blockchain & Digital Assets
  • Cybersecurity, Privacy & Social Media
  • Educational Publishing, Technology & Services
  • Emerging Companies
  • Energy & Natural Resources
  • Food, Beverage & Agribusiness
  • Healthcare
  • Lending Transactions
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Private Equity
  • Sustainability
  • Technology
  • Technology Commerce
  • Telecommunications

Professional & Civic

Community Involvement

  • Governor of St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School

Accolades

Chambers UK Leading Individual 2019  UK Chambers 2018 Frances Doherty   Ranked in Chambers UK 2016 - Frances Doherty Ranked in Chambers UK 2015 - Frances Doherty  

Rated by Super Lawyers - Frances Doherty - visit superlawyers.com

  • Listed as a Leader in the field of Private Equity: Venture Capital Investment by Chambers UK 2015-2019, “Frances Doherty is a venture capital practitioner who 'knows her stuff inside out' and 'understands the market really well'”
  • Listed as a Super Lawyer in 2013 and 2014 by Super Lawyers London
The Legal 500 United Kingdom Recommended Lawyer 2016  The Legal 500 United Kingdom Recommended Lawyer 2019
  • Recommended by Legal 500 (2016-2017, 2019) in Venture Capital
  • Recommended by Legal 500 (2014) in Venture Capital and Technology, “Dorsey & Whitney’s start-up focused group is particularly strong at handling work in the technology space and is accomplished throughout the lifecycle from incubation to strategic exit. Team head Frances Doherty represented Earlybird Venture Capital on its €2.4m investment in EyeEm”
Frances Doherty