We have worked with numerous startups and emerging growth companies across many industries to develop and deploy both customary and innovative fund-raising structures and strategies, helping them efficiently offer investors practical terms that align incentives among founders and investors. We have also helped many investors and companies explore and negotiate investments that enhance accountability and support the agreed-upon objectives of high-growth enterprises.

We have many decades of collective experience with high-growth technology companies and their backers. As a result of our relationships with incubator and accelerator programs such as TechNexus, 1871, Healthbox, MATTER, Bunker Labs, the Founder Institute and other organizations that support entrepreneurs, we have an extensive network of entrepreneurs, business advisors and investors. These connections can help investors and companies forge relationships that can lead to future investments, strategic partnerships, acquisitions or other opportunities. 

First-time founders, in particular, need hands-on mentorship. Our attorneys can provide the sophisticated business and legal advice that is vital to the foundation of an early-stage, high-growth-potential enterprise. We frequently advise clients on the critical components of a well-run startup venture, including

  • Startup entity formation and structures, as well as transitions to alternative structures
  • Intellectual property (patent, copyright, trademark and trade secret) development and protection and, where necessary, assertion 
  • Software, patent and other technology and intellectual property acquisition and licensing
  • Terms of use, privacy policies, DMCA policies and other website and application policies and agreements
  • Management strategies
  • Employment and independent contractor arrangements
  • Cash and equity compensation structures, creative benefits structures and equity participation plans that align incentives of startups and emerging companies with the objectives and skills of their employees, consultants and advisors
  • Product or service launch and early revenue growth

Startups and emerging companies need high-quality legal counsel at a time when liquid assets and income streams are limited. We can suggest practical fee arrangements (including fixed fees for formation/incorporation) and use automated tools to efficiently support core services when cost control and efficiency are needed most. We are prepared to deliver expanded counsel as the business matures or becomes more complex, and as the budget to address and reduce legal and other risks becomes a priority.

Our attorneys have represented operating-company clients in a variety of market segments, including 

  • Software and SaaS
  • Mobile and internet
  • Data and information technology
  • Telecommunications
  • Financial technology
  • Real estate technology
  • Cryptography and authentication
  • Semiconductor and power
  • Medical devices, pharmaceuticals and life sciences
  • Alternative energy 
  • Agriculture technology
  • Construction innovation
  • Health care services