As entrepreneurs learn quickly, starting a new business can be difficult. Strategic decisions made at the outset of a venture can determine its ultimate success. That is why so many new enterprises turn to the BakerHostetler Emerging Company team to ensure that they launch with every advantage. Our Emerging Company team members not only understand how entrepreneurs think, we have the experience and expertise to help them maximize growth while minimizing risk. Inspired by the ingenuity and dedication of the entrepreneurs we represent, the BakerHostetler Emerging Company team takes pride in contributing to their success stories.
Startup and Growth
From the beginning of our team’s involvement with new entities, our focus is on helping clients identify their most pressing needs, on understanding the opportunities and challenges ahead and then on maximizing the resources at their disposal. We work closely with founders and other officers to address the issues that emerging companies encounter in their startup and growth phases, including:
- Protecting proprietary intellectual property;
- Commercializing products and services;
- Structuring technology transfers from universities and research institutions;
- Structuring and negotiating financing transactions;
- Retaining and incentivizing employees;
- Preparing shareholder agreements;
- Structuring outsourcing arrangements;
- Negotiating software and other IP licenses;
- Protecting personal assets; and
- Structuring corporate governance and advisory boards
Access to Capital
Virtually all emerging companies require access to capital during their growth phases. We regularly work with venture capital, angel and private equity investors and we maintain close relationships with organizations designed to match investors with early-stage enterprises seeking capital. Because capital is critical to how quickly you can realize your initial business objectives, we help you maintain your focus on what should be important to you and your organization while guiding you through each step of the capital-raising process.
Emerging companies frequently require a range of legal services that only a multi-service law firm like BakerHostetler can provide. Our Emerging Company team members have access to more than 900 colleagues nationwide and their collective experience is available to help new businesses address virtually any legal issues a fledgling entity may face. And, perhaps most importantly, that deep experience is readily accessible as those companies inevitably encounter the opportunities and challenges that are synonymous with launching new enterprises.