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.

Jon Gelchinsky and Matt Stein discuss the importance of having trademark paperwork in order, because undoing the damage of not doing so can be costly.

Andrea Suter and Matt Stein share a cautionary tale of a company receiving less value in its acquisition due to unclear IP agreements.