Pierce Atwood's Catalyst Program


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, or address basic legal requirements for running a business. 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. But don’t take our word for it – listen to what our clients have to say:

“StartWire and Pierce Atwood have a history of doing great work together. I think of their attorneys as key business partners rather than just outside counsel. Since our inception, they have provided timely, practical, efficient advice.” – Chris Forman, CEO and Founder, StartWire

"My experience with Pierce Atwood attorneys has been nothing less than top-notch - they are highly professional, responsive, and have taken the time to understand the needs of my small craft brewery. Pierce Atwood attorneys handle my company's legal matters as efficiently as possible and have delivered first-class results." – Dan Kleban, Owner, Maine Beer Co., LLC

Partner Tim Maguire talks about the work Pierce Atwood does with early stage companies:

Who We Are

Pierce Atwood has over a century of experience and proven success in helping our client companies to grow into profitable enterprises. We apply that deep experience in counseling business clients on corporate, tax, and commercial transactions with our excellent intellectual property and venture capital financing expertise to help growth companies compete in today's challenging marketplace.

Through our Catalyst Program, we provide today's growth companies with the skilled legal services they need to become the successful companies of tomorrow. We also offer innovative and flexible fee arrangements designed to address the entrepreneur's realistic cash flow challenges.

Our Catalyst Team has experience assisting high technology and growth companies in the following key areas:

  • Corporate Governance
  • Employee Benefits
  • Intellectual Property
  • Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Litigation (including Patent Litigation)
  • Securities
  • Venture Capital
Startup Engine: Program Benefits

We understand the demands of starting a new business so we make the decision to become a Catalyst Program client straightforward – there’s no long application or extensive interview process.

We also provide new clients with our Startup Engine, a suite of free services to get your new business off the ground – all you pay are any necessary filing fees:

  • Advice on choice of entity
  • Formation of business entity and required foreign qualifications
  • Documentation of initial capitalization
  • Provision of standard employee agreement forms:
    • Assignment of inventions and non-disclosure
    • Non-competition and non-solicitation
  • A stockholders agreement or operating agreement
  • Development of equity incentive plans and related equity award forms
  • Initial intellectual property and branding consultation 

When it comes to fees, we work with our clients to develop uncomplicated alternative fee arrangements. Our Catalyst clients have utilized deferred or contingent fees, equity options, and discounted rates. There’s no one size fits all approach. We’ll find a fee arrangement that works for you.

Find Your Catalyst at Pierce Atwood.

Case Studies

Helping Small Business Thrive

Maine Beer Co. has grown from a small “nano” brewery producing 100 barrels of beer a year to a thriving microbrewery producing over 4000 barrels a year. To support the surge in production they expanded their staff from two to 12 full-time people and moved into a brand new 11k square foot production facility. As the company has grown so have its legal needs and Pierce Atwood has been there to help. From assisting the owners with various corporate matters to acquiring a new facility, and implementing estate plans that protect their assets we have helped Maine Beer Co. identify the legal obstacles that most commonly derail growing companies. We have become partners and are very proud of all that Maine Beer Co. has achieved in just five years.

Raising Capital

We have assisted BlueTarp Financial Inc., a leading provider of credit and transaction information services to the building materials industry, with numerous rounds of capital raising. The latest round of funding was a 15.2 million dollar Series D Convertible Preferred Stock issuance led by Long Ridge Equity Partners and including existing investors Trinity Ventures, Highland Capital Partners and Flybridge Capital Partners. This was paired with an expansion of its senior secured working capital line of credit. We have also assisted BlueTarp with their related technology and retail financial regulatory needs.

Bringing Back the Balsams

We are working with Dixville Capital LLC to bring back to life and dramatically expand the historic Balsams Grand Resort Hotel in New Hampshire. The project will involve real estate assembly, negotiation of critical path agreements with various constituents, capital markets access, permitting, and resort and real estate development. In addition to working with startups, through our Catalyst Program, we also work with investors that are involved with launching and re-launching businesses throughout the country. 

Producing Success

Gum Spirits Productions, based in Portland Maine, has been producing independent films since 2003. Pierce Atwood saw Gum Spirits through a private offering to raise funding for the film Three Priests. We also set up the corporate structure, including with respect to investor interests, of Three Priests LLC, acted as production counsel for Three Priests, and worked with Gum Spirits to secure and negotiate distribution for the film.

Early Stage High-Tech Company Success

We have assisted Ocean Renewable Power Company, LLC, a developer of tidal energy technology and projects on the broad range of legal issues typically encountered by a high technology early stage company, including corporate, intellectual property issues, and transactional advice on private equity financing.

Angel Backed Start-Up Success

We helped Massachusetts and California based Advanced Cell Technology grow from an angel-backed start-up through several venture rounds and ultimately to a publicly traded platform. Advanced Cell Technology is one of the world’s leading companies commercializing stem cell cloning technologies. We helped Advanced Cell with multiple rounds of private and ultimately public capital raising, numerous joint ventures, technology transfer arrangements, licensing transactions, and management of their intellectual property assets.


For more information, please contact any of our catalyst attorneys.

Jonathan Gelchinsky
207.791.1203 or jgelchinsky@pierceatwood.com

Andrea Suter
207.791.1157 or asuter@piercatwood.com

Tim Maguire
617.488.8140 or tmaguire@pierceatwood.com

Jack Steele
617.488.8157 or jsteele@pierceatwood.com

New Hampshire
Scott Pueschel
603.373.2019 or spueschel@pierceatwood.com

James Baker
603.373.2006 or jbaker@pierceatwood.com

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