Lakson Investments Venture Capital

Lakson Investments Venture Capital is Pakistan’s first and only fund registered with the Security and Exchange Commission of Pakistan (SECP). We aim to become the standard that other VCs in the region use as a benchmark. To achieve this, we make sure all our processes, methods and documentation is based on the highest standards set by Silicon Valley and leading VCs around the world.

About LIVC

LIVC invests in entrepreneurs and local businesses to build enterprises, taking innovative ideas to the next stage. It works with Lakson Investments’ (“LI”) team of over 50 experienced professionals while at the same time, leverages the operational experience of the Lakson Group. Over 14,000 people are employed by Lakson in Pakistan in businesses across sectors such as Broadcast and Print Media (Express Media Group), FMCG (Colgate-Palmolive Pakistan), Insurance, QSR (McDonald’s Pakistan) and Technology (CyberNet & Sybrid). LI is one of the largest private sector asset managers in Pakistan with over US$300mn under management with a rating of AM2+.

Investment Focus

LIVC invests in Pakistan based opportunities, concentrating on investments where technology can be leveraged to enable, enhance and disrupt existing business models or create new ones. Our investment focus is at the stage in the start-up lifecycle where the company is less than 36-48 months away from a successful Series A round or potential exit. We also invest in select Seed rounds through our Incubation and Accelerator ecosystem relationships as well as overseas partners in Silicon Valley and Europe where we seek to bring proven foreign technology to Pakistan.

Market Strategy

Investment Stage:

First Stage Capital (Pre-Series A) for ventures that offer a strong probability of achieving the next round of funding or potential for strategic acquisition within 36-48 months.

Seasoned Team:

A combined history of 85+ years of successful and active investing in local and international ventures across industry sectors with a demonstrated track record.

Local Expertise:

Lakson Group’s extensive local presence and numerous relationships. Investment team’s extensive local network and investment experience.

Global Network:

Lakson Group’s overseas experience, in-house corporate and deep global relationships. Investment team and Advisory Board’s extensive international network and experience.

Deal-Flow:

LIVC leverages its high quality network of Human Capital, Incubators, Accelerators and Academia to generate the highest quality deal-flow.

Investment Stage:

First Stage Capital (Pre-Series A) for ventures that offer a strong probability of achieving the next round of funding or potential for strategic acquisition within 36-48 months.

Investment Filters

LIVC looks to invest in companies in an array of sectors:

  • Digital Payments
  • E-Commerce
  • Retail
  • Cyber Security
  • FinTech
  • Consumer/Social Apps
  • Cloud Infrastructure
  • Data Analytics
  • MediaTech
  • Micro Grids
  • AdTech
  • AgriTech
  • Solar
  • Water
  • Energy Storage

We also have keen interest in emerging themes such as Blockchain, FinTech, Artificial Intelligence/Algorithms, and Internet of Things. Moreover, we actively seek out other technologies and investment opportunities where our investor capital can make market history.

We expect the market to continue to evolve. LIVC is in the perfect position to identify emerging sectors and technologies, because our team is looking at companies that are not too early (pre-seed), and not too late (Series A round), and can identify clusters of companies that are passionate about a promising new technology, with a market demand, and an interested community and investors. The most recent example is technologies relating to the Blockchain, where as recently as two years ago, most people outside the space could not predict when (or if) it would break out.

Key Fund Details

Name: Lakson Venture Capital Fund I
Management Company: Lakson Investments Limited (‘’LI’’)
Fund Structure: Closed-End
Launch Date: May 2018
Legal Form: Trust
Minimum Investment: PKR 50 Million (50 Units at Price of PKR 1 Million / Unit)
Investment Period 5 Years
Target Investors’ Profile: Institutions, Family Offices, Endowment Funds & UHNIs
Distribution Period: 2 Years
Co- Investment Policy: Right of First Refusal for Investors with PKR 500 Million+ Commitment
Re-Investment Period: Option to Re-Invest up to Year 3
Investment Oversight: Investment Committee and Board of Directors
Management Fee: 2.0%
Trustee: Central Depository Company of Pakistan Limited (CDC)
Carried Interest: 20.0%
Auditor: KPMG Taseer Hadi & Co. Chartered Accountants
Closings: The Fund may have Initial Closings and Subsequent Closings
Legal Advisor: Orr, Dignam & Co.