Our Business and Finance Group is widely recognized as one of the finest in the region. Whether you are executing a bet-the-company transaction or simply updating your standard employment forms, you will have the full attention of an experienced lawyer who asks the questions that haven’t occurred to you yet, who commands a whole spectrum of ways to engineer contract terms to address the issues specific to your business, and who knows how to negotiate – and how to close – to achieve your objectives.
Entrepreneurs rely on our advice and relationships to make important decisions and to establish the connections they need in the marketplace. For a new business, our lawyers provide a useful combination of technical legal expertise and the practical real-world knowledge that comes from dealing with business owners and senior management on a regular basis within the Firm’s practice. We represent entrepreneurs starting new businesses and advise them on all aspects of the formation of their companies based on their business goals, operational plans, and likely path for raising capital.
From determining the appropriate equity structure, hiring the first employees, and signing the first office lease, to closing the initial bank loan or round of equity financing, our business lawyers can help navigate entrepreneurs though all of a new venture’s milestones. Once a business is established, we can negotiate with investors, provide advice and counseling on the protection of intellectual property rights, and handle the other issues vital to the business’s growth.
Developments in the capital markets in recent years have made venture capital an increasingly important funding source for emerging businesses. Our venture capital fund clients seek our expertise as they prepare to invest in such businesses or later-stage companies. Our deal lawyers use their extensive experience in strategic M&A to offer investors the practical and decisive advice they require to make the crucial decisions at every stage of their transactions, including investment structuring and management, corporate and intellectual property due diligence, and investment exit strategies and execution. When our venture capital clients prepare and implement their exit strategy, whether it be by merger, acquisition, management buyout or a refinancing, our experience in strategic M&A is often a crucial factor in successfully completing the deals.
For both investors and emerging business clients, the Firm’s contacts in the business and investment communities have proven very useful for making connections and bringing potential investors and portfolio companies together.