Our Venture BestTM group works closely with entrepreneurs, and with their venture capital and angel investors, to help new, high-growth companies find financial backing and grow their businesses.
We help companies and investors make connections, structure and close transactions, and maximize returns. We also counsel early-stage businesses on their financial, organizational, and regulatory needs as they grow.
We represent start-ups and emerging technology companies in many different industries, including biotechnology, information technology and software, clean tech, pharmaceuticals, medical devices, electronics, and other high-technology sectors. Members of our Venture Best team have themselves been venture-backed entrepreneurs, as well as angel and venture capital investors, giving us great depth of insight on both the legal and business sides of the start-up environment.
Our core services include advising clients on:
- Business formation, capitalization, and financing strategies
- Employment and consultant documentation
- Customer/vendor contracts
- Licensing and material transfer agreements
- Negotiation of term sheets, debt, and venture financing documents
- A wide array of post-start-up legal and business matters, from intellectual property to corporate, environmental, employment and immigration, and tax issues
“It’s hard to believe the Venture Best team took such a risk with what was little more than an idea of how disrupt an established market – guide me through the perils of a seed round with our favorite investor and help get me to a place where we can bring this company to the next stage. My success and Aver’s success comes from standing on your shoulders – I don’t think for a minute that I could have done this without you guys. Further – as for personality – I couldn’t have asked for better company! Thank you very much.” –Kurt Brenkus, President of Aver Informatics Inc.
We go beyond core legal services to provide crucial value-added services, such as advising on business plan and pitch development, making investor introductions, and team-building referrals. The extensive network of contacts we’ve cultivated throughout the venture capital ecosystem enables us to help each entrepreneur find the right investors — and vice versa.
We also understand that raising money, building teams, growing businesses, and innovating “between the coasts” is different than in the major venture capital centers such as Silicon Valley and New York. While we have experience in these major markets, our “between the coasts” focus means Michael Best can also provide entrepreneurs with strategic, sophisticated, affordable counsel across the country
Disclaimer: The information provided herein is intended only as general information which may or may not reflect the most current legal developments. This communication should not be construed as legal advice or an opinion on specific situations. © 2017 Michael Best & Friedrich LLP. All rights reserved