Emerging Companies

The Firm’s corporate and securities practices offer essential support to our clients that are growing and emerging companies. Our Firm’s size and style are uniquely suited to assisting young companies as they expand and require more sophisticated representation. In any number of areas, including employment, equity incentive arrangements, real estate, intellectual property, financing arrangements and dispute resolution, our lawyers assist clients in implementing scalable solutions that support and facilitate their profitable growth. The Firm’s lawyers are able to lift most legal issues from the shoulders of the often overburdened managers of emerging companies, freeing them to focus on the demands of growing the business, forging strategic alliances and raising capital.

We act as both general business counsel and securities counsel to advise emerging companies from initial start-up through the various tiers of venture capital and public financing, all the while providing practical guidance in operational matters. Some of our startup clients have limited experience in the fundamentals of starting and building a company. We can assist these clients in identifying and understanding the fundamental issues they need to be aware of, making intelligent choices as to the issues to be addressed at the outset and those that can be postponed, and generally establishing strong legal foundations for their companies.

Emerging companies, dependent as they often are on alternative sources of funding and angel and VC financing, are understandably focused on the need to contain legal costs. So are we. Through strategies such as staging legal work over time and identifying activities that can be performed in-house, we work closely with our clients in an effort to manage and control their legal budgets. We strive to keep our fees at a level comparable to many solo attorneys, while offering the depth and breadth of experience to take companies from formation through an exit. An initial conference with our corporate lawyers is always free of charge.

Beyond our legal services, we are very active in the New York technology startup community. In 2009, Paul Ellis co-founded the New York Technology Council, which merged with NY Tech Meetup to become the 60,000 member New York Tech Alliance, where he is a board member and organizer of NYTA’s “Legal Track” of events to educate founders, principals, executives and in-house counsel of technology companies regarding the critical legal issues they face. Consequently, he frequently speaks on and moderates panels on legal topics of interest to technology companies. We have a significant network of investors and accountants, bankers, consultants and other service providers who have expertise in working with emerging companies. As a result, we are often able to refer our clients to specialists who have a clear understanding of the challenges and opportunities faced by emerging companies, and who can offer direct and immediate assistance in achieving their business objectives.

Relevant Video Resources

Conferences and Panels Featuring Our Attorneys

Venture Capital Update 2017: Market Outlook and Strategies for Getting to a Term Sheet

Thursday February 16, 2017
Paul Ellis, Moderator

Venture Capital Update 2016: Market Outlook and Series A Terms

Tuesday March 29, 2016
Paul Ellis, Moderator

Legal Essentials for Startups 2015 – Part 1: Organizing and structuring the startup entity

Tuesday March 24, 2015
Paul Ellis, Organizer and Panelist

Legal Essentials for Startups 2015 – Part 2: Staffing Smart

Tuesday April 28, 2015
Paul Ellis, Organizer and Panelist

Legal Essentials for Startups 2015 – Part 3: Financing Strategies

Thursday May 28, 2015
Paul Ellis, Organizer and Moderator

Legal Essentials for Startups 2015 – Part 4: Intellectual Property Protection

Thursday June 25, 2015
Paul Ellis, Organizer
Jessica Friedman, Panelist

Legal Essentials for Startups 2012 – Part 1: Organizing the Entity

Thursday October 25, 2012
Paul Ellis, Organizer and Panelist

Legal Essentials for Startups 2012 – Part 2: Financing the Entity

Tuesday November 27, 2012 – 8:00 PM
Paul Ellis, Organizer and Moderator

Once the underlying goal of a project or an engagement has been established, we work with the client to craft a strategy calculated to achieve the desired result as expeditiously and cost-effectively as possible.

Before our clients commit the time and expense to a transaction or matter, we will work with them in clarifying their objectives and testing their assumptions, thus doing our best to ensure that the potential benefits justify the costs and any potential risks.

We understand that our clients are focused on achieving specific business objectives, and are looking for us to present them with legal strategies that support those goals. At the same time, they are counting on us to identify potential pitfalls and to assist them in identifying and assessing their risks, a responsibility that we take very seriously.

Providing our clients with appropriate protection while facilitating their operations, balancing 'get it done' with 'get it done right,' and doing it all with an eye to our clients’ legal budgets and cost constraints can be a challenging task, but it is one that we strive to achieve and is a skill at which we have become adept.

Our depth of practice in VC and angel financing has given us a sophisticated understanding of the issues driving the negotiations on both sides of the table, enabling us to provide our clients with practical advice on strategy and market terms. In a field where efficiency and cost control are essential, we offer our clients extensive experience and practical judgment in assessing the benefits and costs inherent in their negotiating positions.

We frequently receive referrals from some of New York’s largest law firms in situations where they have an internal conflict, are unable to handle a matter efficiently or for some other reason. They trust us to assist their clients and contacts when they are unable to do so.