Overview

Emerging companies and investors in those emerging companies, whether angels, strategic corporate investors, family offices or venture capital firms have been working with Burns & Levinson over the years as a trusted business and legal advisor to guide and bring innovative ideas into commercial fruition and successful exits throughout the life cycle of the company.  

Our team has wide-ranging experience representing investors and  venture-backed, strategic-backed, and angel-backed entrepreneurial companies in the technology, life sciences, medical devices, software, artificial intelligence, fintech, cybersecurity, sports, telecom, energy, cleantech, and healthcare industries among others. We counsel emerging growth companies in all stages of their life cycle from incorporation, business plan preparation, seed and venture capital financing, growth financing, and intellectual property protection to employment matters, strategic relationships, business combinations, and mergers, acquisitions and initial public offerings.

We have long-standing relationships with venture capitalists and angel investors, and constantly look for opportunities to match innovation to investment. We regularly introduce our start-up clients to our extensive network of financing sources, and know how to circumvent common financing obstacles once a connection is made.

We understand the cash constraints facing new ventures, and use innovative billing practices, a practical, problem-solving approach to develop cost-effective legal solutions to accommodate and facilitate the emerging companies’ growth and those of their investors.

As our clients’ businesses grow, our finance, securities, tax, intellectual property, labor, employment and employee benefits, and real estate attorneys collaborate to anticipate problems and offer no-nonsense advice on a cost-efficient basis. Our number one goal: make sure our emerging growth clients and their investors succeed through all phases of their life cycle.

If you’re ready to take your start-up to the next level, or considering investing in one, let us put our insightful, networked and hands-on venture capital and emerging start-ups team to work for you.

Experience

Services for Venture Capital and Emerging Companies

  • Acquisition/disposition
  • Angel financing
  • Brokering inter-founder relationships
  • Business plan review
  • Collaboration and development agreements
  • Copyright registration
  • Corporate finance
  • Corporate governance
  • Dispute resolution/litigation
  • Employee benefit plans
  • Employment arrangements and advice
  • Equipment leasing
  • Equity financing
  • Equity incentive plans
  • Executive employment agreements and incentive arrangements
  • Formation/choice of legal form
  • Founder exits from existing employers
  • Founder wealth protection/estate planning
  • Growth capital
  • Intellectual property including patent protection
  • Initial public offering
  • Leveraged buyout
  • Licensing and distribution agreements
  • Management buyout
  • Management compensation Mergers and acquisitions
  • Mezzanine capital
  • Mezzanine financings
  • Minority investments
  • Partnering and joint venturing agreements
  • Patent protection and strategy
  • Patent registration
  • Pension and employee benefits issues
  • Public company planning/best practices
  • Public equity and debt offerings
  • Real estate acquisition/leasing
  • Recapitalizations
  • Receivables factoring
  • Rollups
  • SEC compliance
  • Securities offerings
  • Seed capital financings
  • Seller financing
  • Senior financing
  • Stock option and other equity incentive plans
  • Strategic M&A
  • Subordinated and structured financings
  • Tax structuring and planning
  • Venture capital financings
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