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Swinburne Maddison advises tech start up Yakkr on six figure pre-seed investment

Imminent new product launch set to become the go to platform for gaming experiences.

Durham City’s leading law firm, Swinburne Maddison LLP (Swinburne Maddison) has provided legal advice to an exciting new tech start-up, Yakkr, in relation to a six-figure pre-seed investment. Yakkr, an online platform, is all about connecting fans with their favourite celebrities, influencers and gamers in the pursuit of delivering premium gaming experiences.

The idea for Yakkr was conceived by two former Durham University graduates, Marcus Rowley and Rhys Birkinshaw, who studied Finance and Computer Science, respectively.

Whilst at university, Marcus was involved in two start-ups and Rhys in several, with one of these moving over to Silicon Valley. Swinburne Maddison was recommended to the two entrepreneurs by the Durham City Incubator (DCI). Alex Wilby, a Partner in Swinburne Maddison’s corporate and commercial team advised them.

With a strong commercial background and recent experience in the tech sector gained with organisations like Land Tech, a London-based company that provides software to streamline the property development process, and the sale a year ago of Silent Games – a game design studio in Newcastle, which was acquired by Amplifier Game Invest AB, a subsidiary of the listed Swedish Embracer Group – Wilby was well-suited to the task.


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