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Venture Capital & Emerging Growth Companies

Kaye Scholer’s Venture Capital & Emerging Growth Companies Group is recognized for the innovative approaches and entrepreneurial energy that epitomize the startup industry we serve.

We represent venture capital funds, their limited partners and the high-potential growth companies in which they invest. From angel investor relationships through the going public process, we work efficiently and effectively with our clients in every stage of a venture-backed company’s financing and lifecycle development:

  • Seed funding and crowd funding;
  • Early stage startup investments for product development and marketing;
  • Multiple growth funding rounds for early sales, bringing businesses to scale and working capital;
  • Venture debt;
  • Growth and mezzanine financings; and
  • Exit capital and bridge financings for M&A negotiations, IPOs and secondary offerings.

In addition to negotiating and structuring the investor and company equity relationship and advising on control issues throughout the development cycle, we work with clients on many of their most important day-to-day matters, including:

  • Debt financings;
  • Executive compensation, and option grants;
  • Technology licensing transactions;
  • Joint ventures and joint development transactions; and
  • Mergers and acquisitions.

Our deep experience with venture investors and startup, emerging growth and expanding companies extends to all industries in the global economy where novel technologies and business models are reshaping the market. Within this consistently shifting sector, we have a recognized focus on fast-growing companies in the following fields:

  • Information technology;
  • Mobile technology;
  • Consumer internet;
  • Financial technology;
  • Health care, including medical products, devices and diagnostics;
  • Life science and biotech;
  • Pharmaceuticals; and
  • Software as a service (SaaS).

Taking a distinctly multidisciplinary approach to this traditionally private equity-focused field, our Venture Capital & Emerging Growth Companies Group benefits from the unique strength of lawyers who concentrate in all areas of corporate law as well as in other practice areas, including:

  • Patent and intellectual property;
  • Real estate;
  • Capital markets/securities and public offerings;
  • Tax;
  • Product liability;
  • Executive compensation, benefits and employment;
  • Financial regulatory; and 
  • Antitrust.

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