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New partner starts off strong advising on sale of Zeetings to Canva

30 April 2018 | Australia, Asia Pacific
Deals and cases


After it was announced that she will become a Herbert Smith Freehills partner on 1 May 2018, Malika Chandrasegaran is off to a flying start advising cloud based presentation start-up, Zeetings on its sale to tech unicorn Canva.

The deal marks Canva’s first acquisition and will allow the company to expand its capabilities in the presentation space. As part of the deal, Zeetings CEO and co-founder Rob Kawalsky and other members of the team will be joining Canva.

The Herbert Smith Freehills team advising on the deal was led by Ms Chandrasegaran and seasoned venture and private equity expert, partner Raji Azzam.

Ms Chandrasegaran said: “We are excited to have worked with Zeetings on this important transaction which marks the start of the next phase in the journey of this fantastic business.”

Herbert Smith Freehills has been with Zeetings from its inception with employment partner, Michael Gonski, leading the team implementing the software’s use at the firm.

Mr Gonski said: "It has been great working with Zeetings’ founder, Rob Kawalsky since the beginning and now I won’t do a presentation without using Zeetings!"

Robert Kawalsky added: “It’s been great having Herbert Smith Freehills as a customer and supporter right from the start of our journey and working with them was our first choice for this landmark deal.”


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