US technology investor’s play sees JWS partner with Cooley

The corporate law specialists act as an Australian tech firm gets new investment

US technology investor’s play sees JWS partner with Cooley

The Australian move of a major American technology-focused investment firm involved an Australian corporate law specialist firm working with an US legal giant.

Johnson Winter & Slattery (JWS) was the Australian counsel of Battery Ventures, which recently invested in PageUp People Limited. Battery Ventures was advised by Cooley. 

Terms of the deal were not disclosed. 

PageUp, which was founded in Australia in 1997, makes talent-management software and has clients in Australia, as well as in the wider Asia, Europe and North American regions. It has products for recruitment, employee on-boarding, performance management, learning and career development, and succession management.

According to JWS, Karen Cariss will continue as PageUp CEO. Accel and KKR have divested their stakes in the company. 

The JWS team was led by partner Jeremy Davis and included corporate special counsels Jan Hards Sophia Bobeff, finance partner David Beckett and senior associate David Li, tax partner Reynah Tang, and employment partner Ruveni Kelleher.


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