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Level 9, 175 Liverpool Street

Sydney, NSW 2000


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A truly unique opportunity to hear from four of Australia’s most experienced startup lawyers: Dan Atkin, Peter Dunne, Richard Horton and Jill McKnight (In alphabetical order by last name).

Between them, Dan Atkin, Peter Dunne, Richard Horton and Jill McKnight have guided hundreds of Australian startups through every stage of their lifecycle - from setting up and securing seed capital, through to Series A and beyond, as well as helping them through Flip-Ups, Exits and IPOs.

For the first time, they will appear together on our muru-D panel to share their knowledge on some of the key legal issues all ambitious founders should understand.

This session is designed for startups who are getting ready to raise, expand their teams, and/or go global.
The evening will be hosted by Oonagh McEldowney, muru-D’s General Counsel.

Key Topics covered:

  • Is your Startup Investment Ready?

  • Forms of funding

  • Term Sheets

  • Flips Ups (How to Flip up without Flipping Out)


(In alphabetical order by last name)

Dan Atkin, Partner, K&L Gates

Dan specialises in corporate law with a focus on M&A and private equity/venture capital transactions. Dan works with domestic and international corporates, private equity, venture capital and corporate venture funds and emerging companies. He works with Blackbird Ventures, AirTree Ventures, Telstra Ventures, AGL, Artesian Capital, Main Sequence Ventures and a large number of start-ups

Peter Dunne, Partner, Herbert Smith Freehills
Peter specialises in mergers and acquisitions, private equity, venture capital, and private capital raisings. Startups that Peter has worked with include Atlassian, Campaign Monitor, Canva, Safety Culture, Tyro Payments.

Richard Horton, Partner, Squire Patton Boggs

Richard spent 14 years in Silicon Valley and is an experienced, dual-qualified US and Australian corporate and technology lawyer, advising clients in the US and Australia. He specialises in Australian and US tech sector venture capital and M&A transactions, US redomiciliation (“flip”) transactions, strategic intellectual property advice, and large scale international product manufacturing and distribution transactions. Richard has worked with Yahoo!, Hewlett Packard, Telstra Ventures, Blackbird Ventures, Southern Cross Venture Partners, CSIRO, as well as many leading startups in Australia and the US.

Jill McKnight, Practice Leader, LegalVision
Jill specialises in capital raising (including debt, equity, SAFEs and convertible notes), business structuring and employee share/option schemes. Startups that Jill has worked with include Athena Home Loans (Macquarie, Square Peg, Apex Capital and Rice Warner), Baraja (Blackbird Ventures, Sequoia China, Main Sequence Ventures and Prisma), Cashrewards (Partners For Growth), Academy Xi (Alium Capital and Perle Ventures) and (angel round).


Oonagh McEldowney, General Counsel, muru-D

Oonagh is a commercial lawyer with over 20 years experience. She has worked in both law firms and corporates and her career to date has spanned London, Hong Kong, Auckland, and Sydney. Looking for her next adventure she joined muru-D in 2016. She now helps our founders navigate their way through the vast and varied legal issues they face on their startup journeys. She’s passionate about helping founders understand the legal landscape and understand the key legal issues they need to be aware of. Oonagh can also help connect our startups back into the Telstra ecosystem.

About our SYD6 Program

muru-D is a startup accelerator running programs in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth and help founders scale their startup smarter and faster. We’re backed by Telstra, a world-class technology company.

muru-D Sydney is on the search for startups working on challenging global problems.

This year muru-D will offer 10 startups a place in our program who will receive:

  • Expert coaching and mentoring

  • Workshops and events to develop business and leadership skills

  • Co-working space

  • An international trip to an exciting startup hub

  • $75K of seed funding

muru-D’s terms are extremely founder friendly. The investment is $75,000 on an uncapped SAFE* note with 50% discount. *SAFE note: Simple Agreement for Future Equity (SAFE) note.

Applications for the next Sydney program open on 2 October and close 2 November 2018. The program kicks off 30 January 2019 and runs for 6 months.

Register your interest here.


What are my transport/parking options for getting to and from the event?

We're located across the road from Museum Station. Metered street parking is available and there is a Wilson Carpark located under the building.

Will I be fed?

Yes, drinks and nibbles will be provided!

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