Entrepreneurs work tirelessly to manage the legal, financial and business issues tied to the growth and development of their business. We partner with entrepreneurs and startups to help with the ever-changing challenges of their growing businesses and build a strong working relationship for their long-term success. We are able to advise founders from the formation of their first idea, to their first customer, to a complete exit of their business by sale or initial public offering.
Some of the most important legal decisions arise when a company is initially formed. While this is a time when founders want every dollar of capital to be used to develop the business, failure to tend to basic legal decisions can have both immediate and long-term effects. We provide practical, low-cost advice early, to establish a strong client relationship and help avoid missteps that can have far-reaching implications. We advise on a variety of initial decisions, including how to reduce taxes for the owners and the company, and how to structure founders’ rights and obligations to each other. Other initial challenges include trade secret, technology and intellectual property protection; how to compensate employees with equity; when and how to solicit investors; and agreements with third parties such as suppliers, lenders and landlords.
When businesses begin to scale and attract customers and investors, we provide a full range of legal services to serve the many challenges of rapid growth. These new challenges often include corporate governance, commercial lending relationships, disputes, workforce development, investment from private equity and preparation for a complete sale of the business.
From establishing business operations to exit and succession planning, we provide comprehensive legal consultation including:
- Business entity formation, tax planning, and structuring to reduce taxes and liability
- Legal review of business plans to attract customers and investors
- Seed stage, venture capital and private equity investment
- Tax credits and government incentive programs
- Intellectual property protection and licensing strategies to protect what is often a startup’s most valuable assets: trade secrets, technology and software
- Equity incentive plans to attract and compensate top employees without discouraging future investors
- Commercial agreements, including leases, loans and agreements with customers and suppliers
- Workforce strategies and employment law advice
- Selling the business, wealth preservation and estate planning