As a full-service regional law firm with offices in Los Angeles, Sacramento, San Francisco, Orange County, Napa Valley, Scottsdale, and Seattle we are uniquely positioned to service the needs of technology and emerging growth companies who are located in the most dynamic technology and venture communities of the Bay Area, LA/Silicon Beach, Orange County, and North San Diego County. We represent technology companies at all stages of development. We offer a full range of legal services, including advice on formation, angel, venture and private equity financing, private placements, corporate governance and control, distribution and licensing agreements, joint venture arrangements, IPO and recapitalizations, mergers and acquisitions, intellectual property (including patents, trademarks, and copyrights), and labor and employment.
Our Technology Practice Group is comprised of a dedicated team of attorneys with diverse backgrounds having many years of experience in all areas of the law which affect technology and emerging growth companies. Our attorneys think like entrepreneurs, with a practical, solutions oriented approach. We combine a client service team of talented professionals, with an understanding of a client’s business and markets, to provide efficient, effective and responsive services. We understand that technology companies need more than just legal services to be successful, so we maintain contacts with seed and angel investors as well as venture capital, private equity and other capital market sources and other professionals in the industry, and we are happy to arrange introductions as appropriate. We also have flexible billing arrangements for promising start-up and emerging growth companies. Our on-line Technology Bulletin provides useful information to keep technology companies abreast of important legal issues and developments.
Technology and Emerging Growth Companies
Extensive experience, teamwork, and a reputation for dedication to the client’s business, we understand the challenges technology companies and emerging growth companies face. We advise on organizing, structuring and documenting all forms of legal entities throughout the United States, including initial investments, tax structure and the satisfaction of regulatory requirements, as well as the implementation of exit strategies through public offerings or a private sale. Our attorneys evaluate and structure seed, angel and venture capital financings, joint ventures and strategic partnerships, and joint development arrangements. We structure and advise on mergers, acquisitions, IPOs and other liquidity events. We often serve as outside general counsel and trusted advisors to the executive management team of our clients.
We represent technology lenders, private equity funds, venture capital firms and other investors, assisting them with technology lending, equity offerings, debt financings, and private placements. We understand what private equity funds and venture capitalists are looking for in their investments, and that provides us with unique experience to guide a technology and emerging growth company through any transaction.
Mergers and Acquisitions
Our knowledgeable and highly skilled M&A attorneys handle sophisticated transactions nationally and globally. Our clients include technology companies at all stages of development, private equity firms and multinational corporations whom we advise on M&A transactions, including mergers, purchases and sales of stock and assets, management buyouts, leveraged buyouts, going private transactions, recapitalizations, spin-off dispositions, and other corporate restructurings. We also advise bidders, target companies, investment bankers, financial advisors and many others that participate in M&A transactions.
Labor & Employment
Our Labor & Employment attorneys provide advice and representation on a wide range of employment related matters affecting technology and emerging growth companies, including wage/hour compliance (including classification audits), handbooks, policy manuals and drug testing plans, employment and independent contractor agreements, terminations, severance plans and releases, sexual harassment training, protection of trade secrets and confidential business information, leaves of absence and return to work issues, and IP ownership and assignment issues.
Our Intellectual Property Practice Group provides intensive strategic counseling, manages the full range of IP transactions, including technology licensing and other commercial agreements, and engages in patent and trademark prosecution and all forms of intellectual property litigation to keep our clients ahead of the curve in domestic and international IP markets.
Domestic & International Tax
Our tax lawyers have deep expertise in every aspect of complex tax matters and tax-credit transactions including the related corporate, real estate and finance issues associated with successfully closing such transactions. We routinely handle tax matters arising from business transactions, international and cross border transactions, real estate transactions, executive compensation planning, employee benefits, and estate planning. When tax litigation or controversies arise, we are equipped to respond.