Blair Mcclaren

Blair Mcclaren

Partner at Active Venture Partners

Startupbootcamp IoT & Data Barcelona Mentor

“Blair combines solid knowledge and understanding of M&A deals and IPOs from the legal perspective, with his hands-on experience of venture capital.”

Blair is a partner at Active Venture Partners, having joined the company in 2007. Since joining ACTIVE he has played instrumental roles in the negotiations of many of the firm’s investments and exits. He currently sits on the boards of Restalo and Whisbi.
He also collaborates with ESADE Business School on venture capital and start-up business plans and is a mentor at Telefónica’s accelerator, Wayra.

Prior to joining ACTIVE Blair worked as a UK qualified corporate lawyer for 7 years with the Scottish commercial law firm Burness LLP. As an associate partner in the corporate finance team he advised start-ups, SMEs and large multinationals on all aspects of UK corporate law. He specialized in mergers, acquisitions, sales of companies and, with particular focus on the AIM market in London, IPOs, and completed transactions valued in excess of £180m in aggregate. In addition, he completed more than 20 corporate restructurings and joint ventures, and acted on behalf of management and investors in venture capital investments worth in excess of £20m. He also developed a niche expertise of share option plans.

Blair is from the UK, has lived and worked in the UK and Spain, and speaks fluent English and Spanish.

Blair studied for his honours degree in law at the University of Glasgow and Copenhagen Business School, and has an MBA from ESADE Business School, Barcelona.