Startups & Venture Capital


A solid legal foundation is a key element to any startup. We work closely with you and your company to create appropriate solutions in each stage of your company’s growth, ranging from initial incorporation documents and founder agreements to venture capital and other financing transactions. We also have “startup toolkits” which may be appropriate for your startup if the provisions you want included fall into one of a handful of options that we see frequently. Typical services for startups include:

  • Business plan development
  • Business entity formation, including corporations, limited liability companies, and partnerships
  • Buy-sell or shareholders’ agreements
  • Contract drafting and negotiation, such as employment, customer, and supplier agreements
  • Agreements to protect intellectual property rights
  • Obtaining financing from seed, angel, and venture capital investors
  • Equity compensation plans and agreements
  • Developing and implementing strategic business combinations, sale transactions, and joint ventures
  • Day-to-day corporate governance, securities, and other legal issues

Read more about our flat fee startup toolkits

Venture Capital

On the investor side, we represent venture capital and private equity or debt funds in fund formation, securities compliance, business transactional services, and fiduciary advice. Typical services include:

  • Venture capital fund formation
  • Evaluating and structuring of initial and follow-on investments
  • Advising on continuing relationships with portfolio companies
  • Executing investment exit strategies