· The Firm's Emerging Companies lawyers
are not only seasoned legal professionals, but also possess deep experience in
working with entrepreneurs. We provide a range of legal services that focus on
the strategic business goals of our clients. We work with growing companies at
all stages and in a wide range of industries, including information technology,
hospitality, digital media, life sciences, health care, alternative
energy/cleantech, telecommunications and technology-enabled services.
· Examples of our services for
· •Contracts – We advise clients on
contracts covering many types of relationships and transactions. Baker Donelson
lawyers regular assist companies in developing, managing, and negotiating
customer and vendor agreements forms to cover frequent interactions that are
important to their business.
· •Capital – Capital is a precious
resource and the lifeblood for emerging companies. ◦ We have significant
experience advising clients on both debt and equity financing, including
convertible notes and venture capital and angel investments. We can advise on
which options may be best for each company’s particular situation, and we can
assist with planning and conducting negotiations to ensure that our clients
obtain the best terms.
· •Technology – Technology allows
emerging companies to grow and work smarter. ◦Our Firm maintains a
multi-disciplinary group of lawyers to assist clients with the wide-ranging
issues of business technology law. With more than 150 years of cumulative
experience within the Business Technology Group, Baker Donelson advises on all
types of business transactions involving the purchase, sale and licensing of
technology products and services.
· •Intellectual Property – Emerging
companies rely on the potential of their ideas, which means IP must be
protected to confidently move forward. ◦Our Firm's team includes skilled patent
lawyers with deep experience developing and protecting emerging clients'
intellectual property rights. In addition, we work with clients to leverage
their IP through licensing, development, reseller, distribution, and other
strategic agreements that generate revenue streams and other business
· •Employment – Growing companies need
to pay special attention to supporting and providing proper incentives for
employees. ◦Our Firm's team of experienced attorneys have advised many emerging
businesses on issues such as preparing executive employment agreements;
implementing stock option and other employee incentive plans; structuring
employee benefit plans; establishing consulting or contractor agreements; and
developing human resource polices and handbooks.
· •Compliance – Emerging businesses
have numerous legal and regulatory compliance risks to consider. ◦Baker
Donelson lawyers provide counsel regarding taxation and regulatory compliance
at the local, state, federal and international levels. We also regularly assist
our clients with confidentiality, HIPAA and proprietary information agreements.
· •M&A – As emerging businesses
grow, many pursue deals to expand operations, acquire other companies or secure
new revenue streams. ◦We have experienced corporate attorneys on our team to
ensure that the deals we do for clients are not only legally and technically
sound, but that they also fit with the company's strategic objectives. Our
focus is always on doing the deal that helps our clients meet their goals.