Can you describe a day in your life at work?
On the Ventures side, each transaction is unique as every target company comes with its own commercial narrative, and there exists a very thin line between commercial and legal. The work does not stop after our initial investment, but there is ongoing portfolio management on a daily basis. We must also constantly monitor that our internal funds, risk and related processes are being followed to the T. On any given day I may be negotiating a 100-page investment document, researching healthcare or employment laws, or ensuring a portfolio company is keeping our interests in mind while expanding.
Looking back, what’s been the steepest learning curve on your career journey so far?
After joining Eight Roads, I realised that giving legal advice is one aspect, but its practical application is a whole different ball-game! The in-house counsel position has given me a nuanced understanding of the commercial side of deals, and has transformed the way I now analyse legal documents. It has helped me appreciate the necessity of accommodating the requirements of various stakeholders, while not diluting our position.
If you could give one piece of advice to your 20-year-old self what would it be?
Develop your tolerance for risk and take chances now and then. You will surprise yourself with what the big picture has to offer.
How do you work with our entrepreneurs?
Many of our portfolio companies are in their early/growth stages, and post our initial investment we interact with the entrepreneurs and their teams at regular intervals. We assist them with varied legal advice, including corporate governance. We are especially involved with our portfolio companies when they start a new round of funding, or undergo any sort of restructuring. On many occasions, the legal documentation will be initiated by us.