It starts with a great idea and is bolstered by human capital, but without adequate funding, it can be difficult for a new business to grow—let alone survive. Our lawyers appreciate the entrepreneurial spirit and regularly work with founders of early-stage businesses seeking to raise capital. We understand that new and emerging businesses need innovative legal counsel provided in a practical and cost-effective manner, and Maslon has built its reputation on delivering just that. We right-size our work appropriately, providing flexible, creative counsel that contributes to success.
Whether it is capital or sweat equity provided by the founders, skillful planning is required to prevent problems and disputes that could, down the road, potentially drown an early-stage business. After initial ownership is established, our attorneys work with enterprises to carefully structure their first equity raise, frequently a "friends and family" round of equity.
As the business gains traction, it is critical to identify available venture capital or strategic investments to build equity and help the founders achieve their key term objectives. We use our extensive connections in the venture capital and business communities to help clients find the right resources to emerge, grow, and flourish. Conversely, we frequently help venture capital firms find solid, high-potential investment opportunities.
We have represented clients from the inception of their business to their initial public offering or sale and will leverage that experience to help you avoid pitfalls and capitalize on opportunities. Your emerging business will get attentive guidance and strategic counsel across a spectrum of issues vital to your success.