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Pearce to Atlas

International venture capital firm Atlas Ventures has announced the appointment of Rupert Pearce as operations principal. He will assume responsibility for day-to-day management of the company’s UK operations as well as strengthening the capacities of the London-

based team. He will also be responsible for supporting and assisting portfolio companies.

Pearce will report to Tom Eddy, Atlas Venture’s chief operating officer. Pearce joins Atlas Ventures after 13 years at Linklaters & Alliance, where he was a partner specialising in corporate finance and M&A. Most recently, he founded and became head of Linklaters’ Internet and e-commerce group.

The group has acted on the IPOs of Freeserve, QXL, Lastminute.com, Step Stone, Telecity and Hemscott.net, among others.