Emerging Companies and Venture Capital


From Silicon Valley to Texas and from New York to London and beyond, our lawyers counsel entrepreneurs, early stage and emerging growth companies, as well as investors, venture capitalists and underwriters, in a wide variety of industries. We advise technology and other emerging growth companies from formation through rounds of venture capital or other private equity financing, initial public offerings, sales, mergers and other dispositions. Many of our largest institutional clients are businesses with which we have worked since they were startups – in some cases for many decades. This tradition results from a natural intersection of our experience in corporate transactions and intellectual property matters, including an understanding of underlying, complex technologies.

We have deep sector experience covering technologies related to artificial intelligence and machine learning, software, internet and media, hardware and IoT, fintech and blockchain, energy technology, telecommunications and life sciences.

Managing emerging companies’ varying needs depends on their life stage and/or technology. Our capabilities therefore include:

  • Trusted advisors and business partners
  • Broad understanding of unique emerging company needs
  • Diverse strengths and cradle-to-exit experience and capabilities
  • Relationships with investors, entrepreneurs and industry partners
  • Innovative pricing structures

Our ECVC Corporate lawyers work closely with their colleagues from the Intellectual Property and other departments to deliver creative and specialized solutions for their clients’ needs. We are immersed in the issues and needs of emerging growth clients and bring the same depth of experience and range of knowledge to them that we provide to our largest clients.

Our lawyers represent a number of venture capital and other private equity funds, not only in raising their funds and making their portfolio investments, but also in the management and disposition of those investments. In addition, we have significant experience representing enterprises in joint ventures and other strategic alliances. We also advise universities and large commercial enterprises licensing their new technologies.