Advising on largest Series B investment in Australia to date

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Johnson Winter & Slattery advised Institutional Venture Management XVI (IVP) and OpenView as lead investors on their Series B investment in Deputy by way of an acquisition of ordinary shares from existing shareholders and the issue of Series B Preferred shares.  Announced on 28 November 2018, this is the largest Series B investment in Australia to date involving a total of US$80 million (AU$111 million). JWS previously advised OpenView on its Series A investment in Deputy in 2016.

Following completion, IVP will hold approximately 12% of the issued share capital of Deputy (10.2% on a fully diluted basis) and OpenView will hold approximately 17.44% of the issued share capital of Deputy (14.793% on a fully diluted basis).

The JWS team was led by James Rozsa and Sophia Bobeff, assisted by Jack Culbertson, Jesse McNaughton, Reynah Tang, Ravi de Fonseka, Luci Mumme, Evan Mentiplay, Rosemary Tedesco, Georgina Xiradis and Lyndal Keevers.

Other firms advising on the investment were Herbert Smith Freehills as Australian counsel to Deputy, Cooley LLP as US counsel to IVP and Goodwin Procter LLP as US counsel to OpenView.


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