Nicola McConville
Partner, Penningtons Manches

I am a corporate lawyer with over 20 years of focussed transactional experience.

I advise on all aspects of corporate law including the delivery of funding rounds and strategies for growth and realisation of value. I have acted for numerous companies from early stage through to major institutional funding rounds, strategic acquisitions and exit via sale or IPO. My clients span a range tech sectors, many of which have an international dynamic to their business.


I have a particular passion for advising on spin outs from universities and other institutions.

I co-head the cross practice and cross office Technology Transfer team at Penningtons Manches and recently spear headed the project with Beauhurst to produce the first report examining the spin out sector in the UK.

I have personally advised over 75 start-ups and spin outs from Oxford University, as well as several from other institutions, from spin-out stage and through several subsequent funding rounds and exit.

I provide regular training for directors of spin outs and start-ups. I am also responsible for designing the free series of interactive workshops we run, following the journey of PennMann Technologies Limited, addressing the challenges faced by spin-outs and other early stage technology companies.

Speaker sessions


12:00 - 13:15

Inward Investment: Outward Growth – Opportunities and Challenges: China

Taylors Yard

In this session we will hear from investors from China about why technology developed in Oxfordshire is attracting interest and investment from China. We will also hear from Oxfordshire companies who have explored commercial opportunities in China who want to share their experiences with those considering a similar path.

Panellists: Keija Li – Puhua Capital, Mark Preston – TeeCheetah, Agne Milukaite – Cycleland and Gareth Ralphs – DIT

Chaired by Nicola McConville, Penningtons Manches

Sponsored by Pennington Manches & James Cowper Kreston

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