High Growth & VC Day

Thursday 22nd February | Runway East Bloomsbury, London

A full day conference for in-house legal, dedicated to the intersection of High Growth and investors

We’ll provide a platform for in-house lawyers from Europe’s leading scaleups, and from their investors, to share, collaborate, discuss, and plot out the coming year after a turbulent 2023.

Our content agenda will be exploring real stories of deal terms, funding structures, and down rounds. We’ll also be exploring brand protection in the High Growth context, broken cap tables, corporate venturing, and more.

This event is sold out!


Registration & breakfast


Breakfast and networking for the early birds.

Welcome from Crafty Counsel team


Join Crafty Counsel’s Founder, Ben White, for a welcome address on what to expect during the day. Followed by a surprise group session - where Toby Hornett, Crafty Counsel’s Head of Community, gets you moving to help programme the “unconference” session later in the day.

Ben White, Founder & CEO, Crafty Counsel Toby Hornett, Head of Community, Crafty Counsel

Keynote: Responsible AI


We invite Mathew Joseph, Sustainability Director at Swedish investment company Kinnevik, to frame the day by introducing the Responsible AI Commitments - a movement to distill best practices and frameworks from industry, civil society, and the public sector, providing technology founders and their investors five key areas of focus.

Mathew Joseph, Sustainability Director, Kinnevik

Morning theme: State of the market

Deal terms & high growth: deciphering market trends


Whether you're an investor seeking to understand the current landscape or a startup aiming to enhance funding readiness, discover what is really going on behind closed doors. From what investors are investing in, to the due diligence approaches they are taking, and what is market on terms right now, discover what is currently going on when it comes to deal terms and priorities in the high growth and VC marketplace.

Adina Goga, Director of Legal, Dawn Capital Alexandra Richardson, Partner, Taylor Wessing Sarah Stafford, General Counsel, Passion Capital Matt Vaughan, EVP, Strategic Partnerships& Corporate Development, LawVu

Navigating a down round


So, you’ve got a down round…what next? Does the aftermath always have to be horrendous? And how do you keep people motivated when their share options nose-dive? This session looks at how you incentivise those within the company to continue to grow it, and what your options are after proceeding with a down round.

Lucie Cruz, Content Producer, Crafty Counsel Peter Orlov, General Counsel, VC Funds Andrew Secker, Partner, Mills & Reeve Plus an anonymous investor!

Governance: a fireside chat


Following on from that OpenAI debacle, effective governance and the impact it can have on company valuation is solidly in the limelight. Join us for a fireside chat discussing all things governance, what a senior scale-up GC and VC GC want from their relationship with each other, and how to manage that relationship and question of governance across successive funding rounds.

Stephanie Dominy, General Counsel, Staffbase Sally Roberts, General Counsel, Accel


12.00 - 12.20

Take a quick break between content to re-caffeinate, connect with others, and gather your thoughts.

Question time


A chance to ask your most burning questions in an intimate format between panelists and peers. Option 1: Down rounds Option 2: Governance Option 3: Deal terms and high growth



Build connections and relationships over a delicious lunch.

Afternoon theme: Unlocking value

Building IP and branding for growth


For many a startup, IP and brand sit at the core of its plans for growth and ultimately for exit. In this current climate, expect to hear about the different ways our panel have been involved in brand and strategy, and how to use IP as a catalyst for growth and investment.

Ruth Arkley, Of Counsel, Morrison Foerster Christie McCluskey, General Counsel, Ooni Emilie Pounds, Head of Legal, Teya

Corporate capital venture: compromise or cornerstone?


Think Salesforce, Google, Intel, Amazon, Nvidia and Microsoft: major companies that have moved into the direction of corporate investments in startups and scaleups. With the current climate driving financial returns as more of a focus than ever, corporate venture is becoming more important than ever before. What are the advantages? The downsides? Are corporate investors any different to traditional VCs these days? Hear both sides and stories from a market that has been expanding over the last decade.

Shawn Atkinson, Partner, Orrick Alex Haskell, Director, Legal, Salesforce Ventures Peter Wozny, Senior Legal Counsel, BTomorrow Ventures

Careers in the high growth ecosystem plus Q&A


Hear from experienced in-housers on different career paths inside the high growth and venture ecosystem and learn what it is like to work on either side of the high growth/VC playing field.

Victoria Ferguson, General Counsel, C TWO Domenica Giorgianni, Legal Counsel, Moneybox Tom Pogmore, Account Director, Vario



Take a quick break between content to re-caffeinate, gather your thoughts, and chat with new friends.

Question time


A chance to ask your most burning questions in an intimate format between panelists and peers. Option 1: Building IP and branding for growth Option 2: Corporate capital venture Option 3: Careers

Wrap up & “unconference” session


An unplanned session devoted to the most important thing - you. Following the morning’s group therapy session facilitated by Toby Hornett, we’ll use this slot to discuss the most pressing issues you identified in high growth and venture capital for in-house today.

Toby Hornett, Head of Community, Crafty Counsel

Afterparty with Mills & Reeve

17.30 onwards

Continue the conversations and connecting with the peers at the afterparty hosted by our event partners, Mills & Reeve.

With thanks to our partners