Livspace started in India and rapidly expanded across the country. The founders recognised an opportunity to expand the business across Southeast Asia and looked to incorporate in Singapore as a base. That required the services of Acclime Singapore to fulfil the essential role of corporate secretary.
Livspace is a curated marketplace for homeowners and home designers that provides an end-to-end home design experience. The company offers an online marketplace for home interior solutions and also offers software tools for designers to streamline their workflow. It currently has its presence across a number of cities in India (and keeps expanding). Livspace marked its entry into Singapore in 2019, where it enjoys a partnership with IKEA providing IKEA customers with interior design solutions.
After setting up in Singapore, Livspace went through several rounds of funding, and by 2017 it was ready to attract funding from larger investors, but that required a highly competent corporate services partner who would not only ensure accurate corporate compliance, but who would also facilitate negotiations with potential investors.
We reached a point where it became essential to have a partner fulfilling the corporate secretary role who would not only keep the company fully compliant proactively, but who would also have the experience and expertise to manage investment rounds.
Acclime proposed a corporate secretarial function that was focused on a fast response allowing for multiple time-zones, proactive and professional communication, and competent filing. The latter was especially stressed due to the fact that the high level of investor being sought would have a requirement that the company was fully on top of compliance.
Livspace’s new investors were based in the US, the legal team in Singapore and Livspace’s finance team was in India. Acclime proposed a system that allowed flexible hours to accommodate the communications across the numerous time-zones.
Acclime proposed a support role in the due diligence processes and the establishment of a comprehensive and well organised data room to allow the legal teams timely access to documentation. The Acclime team also suggested becoming the main point of contact for various stakeholders in the restructuring, auditing and banking process.
Acclime successfully serviced Livspace’s corporate governance needs in Singapore by providing the following support:
Acclime has been fortunate to have Livspace as a client for the last four years, and we value our long-term commitment to them. We are grateful for the referrals that have come through Livspace.
We are delighted with the quality and flexibility the Acclime team have shown and look forward to a lasting relationship.