SSRGA counsels startups and emerging companies of all sizes, as well as the venture capital partners and other institutional partners that finance the entrepreneurial ecosystem.  With lawyers who have served as in-house and external general counsel to start-ups of all shapes and sizes, SSRGA speaks the language of entrepreneurs and is uniquely positioned to guide them through all facets of their business operations, from inception to an exit event, and everything in between.  We assist our clients with the formation process, shareholder/member agreements, traditional and nontraditional financing, joint ventures, corporate governance, and protecting intellectual property.

We meet our clients where they are. From the ground up, emerging growth companies must formulate a business plan, assemble the right management team, and secure the funding needed to establish, execute, and expand the business. SSRGA is a trusted partner each step of the way, providing advice through all stages of clients’ development in order to assist entrepreneurs, executives, and directors as emerging growth companies expand into thriving businesses.  With real-world experience under our belts, SSRGA provides tailored, cost-conscious legal and strategic counsel at the earliest stages.  We help clients navigate cutting-edge legal and regulatory issues, as well as day-to-day legal and strategic tasks, to support and fuel growth for our clients.  Just as emerging companies are constantly innovating and pushing the envelope, we are constantly innovating to support their developments.

Once a business is up and running, we offer a broad range of services to facilitate the growth of the company, including employment agreements, preparing and negotiating commercial contracts, service and licensing agreements, real estate leasing, tax planning, and counseling clients on regulatory matters. Should the need arise, our seasoned litigators are prepared to represent our clients’ interests, whether as a plaintiff or a defendant, in all types of business litigation, including commercial contract disputes, intellectual property and trade secret cases, as well as complex collection matters.

In particular, some of the services we provide to startups and emerging companies are to:

• Identify the best choice of entity and business formation
• Craft effective equity incentive plans to align the interests of founders, employees, and advisors
• Draft and negotiate friends and family, angel, venture capital, and private equity financing transactions
• Craft proactive approaches to employment and consulting agreements
• Draft and negotiate licensing and other technology transactions
• Deliver strategic product counseling to help manage and eliminate the regulatory risk associated with building consumer and enterprise technology products
• Provide legal and strategic advice for a wide array of regulatory matters
• Guide companies throughout their life cycles on governance matters, including founder disputes and nuanced issues of corporate control