Pierce Atwood's Catalyst Program speaks to the dedication we have to representing and supporting emerging businesses. With big company legal issues, but small legal budgets, young companies need a firm with the knowledge and capabilities necessary to give them strong advice and counsel on a cost efficient and practical basis. Pierce Atwood serves the day-to-day needs of hundreds of small businesses, from manufacturers to service companies to businesses in the high technology and life sciences sectors. Whether it is the venture capital investment that will take your business to the next level, the acquisition of a critical piece of technology, the lease for your new offices or the disclosure required of a responsible participant in today's securities markets, Pierce Atwood has the expertise and experience to help you grow.
Partner Tim Maguire talks about the work Pierce Atwood does with early stage companies:
Areas of Expertise
Catalyst Program for Start-ups
You have a passion for what you do. So do we. Entrepreneurs turn to our Catalyst Program to get an idea off the ground, access funding sources, address basic legal requirements for running a business, and more. We welcome clients with creative ideas and disruptive new technologies. We tailor our legal services and advice according to your particular vision and near term objectives. Our Catalyst team members are experienced business advisers who know the challenges and triumphs that lie ahead of you, and how to prepare for them.
Emerging Companies & Venture Capital
Members of our Business Group have guided young companies through every stage of their life cycles, from inspiration and formation through seed funding, to venture capital, to growth and exit through acquisition or IPO. We help our emerging company clients keep sight of not only the important issues of the moment, but also what will be important when they reach the next stage – and the ones beyond that. By taking this long-range view, we seek to lay a foundation for our clients' long-term success. We also frequently represent angel investors and venture capital funds in their investments in emerging companies, providing them with cost-effective representation they can rely on in deals where reimbursement of their fees is often capped at increasingly lower levels. Our representation of both emerging companies and investors in such companies affords us a complete perspective that paves the way for successful transactions.
Some of the services we provide in this area include:
- Choice of entity and formation
- Employee inventions, non-disclosure and non-competition agreements
- Equity incentive plans and awards
- Shareholder agreements
- Technology licensing
- Structuring, negotiation and documentation of angel and early and late stage venture capital financings
- Federal and state securities law compliance.
Do you need help getting an idea off the ground, accessing funding or addressing the basic legal requirements of running a business? Click here to learn more about how our Catalyst program can help your start-up or emerging business.