Emerging Companies


Waller assists entrepreneurs with the full spectrum of issues facing startups and emerging growth companies. From pre-organization and formation to obtaining financing with angel and venture capital investors through all stages of development including mergers and acquisitions, private equity recapitalization and initial public offerings, our attorneys have the experience and insight to help entrepreneurs navigate the many challenges and questions faced by new businesses, including:

  • Choosing and forming the optimal business entity – corporation, partnership or limited liability company – by evaluating tax consequences, liability protection, ownership and control issues and other considerations, including state of incorporation
  • Identifying sources of startup capital and structuring finance arrangements involving angel, growth-stage and mezzanine financing
  • Structuring ownership among the founders and equity-holders in closely held businesses
  • Preparing private placement memoranda and related offering materials
  • Securing and protecting valuable intellectual property rights, including prosecuting trademark and copyright registrations, drafting and negotiating key intellectual property license agreements and preparing agreements with employees and contractors
  • Preparing and prosecuting patent applications for filing in the United States and in foreign countries, enforcing and defending our clients’ patent rights, and defending against third-party claims of patent infringement
  • Structuring and negotiating the terms of private and public offerings of equity securities (such as common and preferred stock) and debt securities (such as convertible notes or debentures, secured and unsecured loans and credit facilities)
  • Preparing and negotiating contracts with other businesses
  • Negotiating, documenting and consummating mergers and acquisitions – as either a buyer or a seller

Entrepreneurs can take advantage of the full array of experience available at Waller for assistance with operational issues, including tax planning, compensation and benefits, labor and employment relations, real estate and zoning matters, government relations, immigration issues, trial and appellate practice, creditors’ rights and corporate restructuring matters. We also have long-standing relationships with investment bankers and advisory professionals that can be particularly beneficial to startups and emerging growth companies.

For early-stage companies, we offer “Waller Fast Track,” bundled business organization and patent services to get you started quickly and effectively.

For companies and individuals that provide financial backing to start-ups and early-stage companies, Waller has extensive experience working with venture capital and angel investors to:

  • Form investment funds, including working on such issues as compensation, tax, federal and state securities laws and governance
  • Structure and negotiate early-, mid- and late-stage investments in the equity or debt securities of all types of business organizations
  • Negotiate, document and consummate mergers and acquisitions involving portfolio companies
  • Assist with the restructuring, recapitalization or divestiture of portfolio companies

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