Our firm has been providing practical, value-added guidance to capital providers for more than three decades. Our sound judgment, deep knowledge and keen sense of business make us the firm of choice for national, regional and local capital providers and their portfolio companies. Our clients expect, and receive, not just sound business and legal advice, but coordinated service that adds value to their businesses.
New opportunitiesFor emerging companies, our firm provides the kind of hands-on, practical advice that sets the stage for future growth. The Venture Capital & Emerging Companies Group understands the mix of legal and business problems that emerging companies face. Our lawyers often serve as outside general counsel to clients and help them to prioritize resources. We help clients identify potential financing sources and develop strategies to raise capital with alternative financing methods.
Through decades of experience, we anticipate problems that might cause delays in transactions. We can help clients avoid these issues or remedy these potential problems early on in the transaction. This benefits both our emerging company and capital provider clients; by helping our clients understand and evaluate risk, we position them for growth.
Portfolio Company InvestmentsOur investor clients are involved in a wide variety of industries, from life sciences and medical devices to communications, green technology, and information services. We help these clients negotiate and document their portfolio company investments, whether they are providing seed funding, early and later-stage preferred stock financings, bridge loans, mezzanine financing or private placements in public companies.
Fund FormationWe help fund managers with the formation of venture capital and private equity funds. By working closely with our Tax Group, we negotiate the terms and structure of funds including counseling our clients on matters such as choice of entity, regulatory compliance, fund raising, tax issues and the economics related to the allocation and distribution of fund gains and losses.
In addition, our firm represents venture capital and private equity funds in connection with secondary market transfers of portfolio company investments and private transfers of interests in these funds.