Emerging Businesses

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Dickinson Wright understands the unique needs and challenges facing emerging businesses. Our corporate lawyers have helped hundreds of start-up companies across numerous industries position themselves for rapid and consistent growth while avoiding legal pitfalls. We provide sophisticated yet cost-effective legal advice on everything from entity selection and business formation to venture capital and exit events. Our emerging business team is versatile and accessible, providing practical advice while vigorously advocating to achieve each client’s objectives  –  whether they are starting a new business, purchasing an existing business, or growing and scaling a business.

Emerging businesses also benefit from Dickinson Wright’s experience in related practice areas, including intellectual property, employee benefit plans, labor & employment matters, mergers and acquisitions, securities, and immigration.

Our Services

• Organizing corporations and limited liability companies, including drafting articles, bylaws, operating agreements, shareholder buy and sell agreements, equity compensation agreements, tax registrations, and authorizing resolutions.

• Advising and counseling on company financings, including founders’ stock, pre-seed and seed capital, angel rounds and venture capital placements, and related corporate governance issues.

• Drafting commercial documents, including SaaS agreements, purchase orders, sales contracts, terms and conditions, licensing agreements, as well as sales representative, distribution, supplier/customer, consignment, and professional services agreements.

• Assisting with business succession plans, buyouts, shareholder agreements, business contracts, and employee stock incentive plans.

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