We will be your in-house counsel and handle all legal matters, including your exit. 

Legal Requirements

A successful merger or acquisition requires experienced negotiation and extensive due diligence.  

How We Help

Operations  We will handle the daily legal needs of your company.  We’ll draft and review contracts, ensure you’re complying with industry regulations and all applicable laws, protect your trademark(s), and oversee corporate governance.

Taxes  Our in-house CPA will make bookkeeping a breeze and make sure all taxes are timely filed.    

Strategy  We will advise you on best practices to run your company and prepare for your exit.   

Negotiation  We will zealously advocate to ensure the best deal for your startup.

Legal Documents We will draft and review all deal documents, including the Purchase Agreement.

Due Diligence  We will assist you in complying with all due diligence requests and prepare disclosure schedules.

Taxes  Our CPA will review the tax consequences of your sale and manage IRS filing requirements.  

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What Are The Rounds of Funding?

A: While the lines between the rounds have blurred over the years, the general path is

  • Friends and Family Round
  • Seed Round
  • Series A
  • Series B

Q: What Is Convertible Debt?

A: Convertible debt is a type of security issued by startups when raising capital in their seed round.

Q: What Is Convertible Equity?

A: In a convertible equity agreement, an investor receives the right to purchase stock in a future equity round (when one occurs) subject to certain parameters set in the agreement. The most common form of convertible equity is the “SAFE”. SAFE stands for a “simple agreement for future equity”. It was authored by Y Combinator lawyer Carolynn Levy and published as a simple replacement for convertible notes. In practice, a SAFE enables a startup company and an investor to accomplish the same general goal as a convertible note, without the startup incurring debt.

Q: How is valuation determined?

A:  The short answer is that valuation is determined by the amount of money an investor is willing to invest for the percentage of ownership they are seeking.  Please remember, a lower valuation from a more reputable investor may be better for your company in the long run.

Q: What Is Preferred Stock?

A: Preferred stock is most commonly issued when a startup receives VC funding. Preferred stock provides certain economic and control rights and protections not given to the holders of common stock. Founders may also be issued preferred stock, but it's not as common and may not be advisable.

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