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Technology and Emerging Companies

We Think Like Entrepreneurs.

Andrews Kurth is a leading law firm for entrepreneurs, public and private emerging growth companies, and venture capital and private equity firms. Our Technology and Emerging Companies Group comprises a dedicated team of attorneys providing focused representation to public and private emerging growth companies and entrepreneurs, as well as the venture capital and private equity firms that finance them. We take pride in having a practical, business-like approach to advising our clients, and we share their entrepreneurial spirit. 

Our client service teams combine relevant experience with an understanding of a client’s business and markets to provide efficient legal services and solutions with an outstanding degree of responsiveness.

We thrive in the fast-paced, entrepreneurial world by combining flexibility and speed with the experience that comes from taking billions of dollars in new ventures from inception to IPO and beyond.

Facts about our Technology and Emerging Companies Practice

Industry Breadth

Our Technology and Emerging Companies Group represents companies in a number of technology sectors, including:

Network and Relationships

Our relationships are a valuable resource for our clients. We have extensive relationships with angel investors, venture capital and private equity funds, hedge funds and other sources of capital, many of which have provided funding for our clients. We also have strong ties with a number of investment banks, public and private technology and energy companies, and universities. These relationships allow us to help design financing strategies for our emerging company clients, including providing targeted referrals to investors and companies. We also have many relationships throughout the industries in which our clients operate, and can make introductions to potential customers and partners. We maintain strong relationships with venture capital firms throughout the country, such as:

Experience, Resources and Scale

We are a full-service firm that has the depth, experience and resources to scale with our clients as they grow and expand in domestic and global markets. We have a long history of representing technology and high-growth companies. Attorneys in our Technology and Emerging Companies Group have represented hundreds of technology and other high-growth enterprises in various industries and regularly advise clients on formation and development, seed stage and late-stage funding, initial public offerings, PIPE and 144A transactions, mergers and acquisitions, intellectual property and licensing matters, and executive compensation and benefits. Our general corporate services typically include:

Corporate Counseling and Securities

We counsel clients on the formation and initial capitalization of their companies and provide a comprehensive formation package that allows our clients to hit the ground running. We guide clients through all stages and types of public and private financings, from early seed and angel investments through later stage financing and public offerings. Furthermore, we use our relationships with institutional and angel investors to assist clients in obtaining financing. We have been recognized by Dow Jones Private Equity Analyst as one of the most active law firms in the country for private equity and venture capital transactions. 

Capital Markets Leadership

We regularly rank among the nation’s top law firms representing issuers and underwriters in public securities offerings. In recent years, we have consistently ranked in the top 15 law firms in terms of the number of initial public offerings in which we have been involved, representing either the issuer or the underwriters. Many large issuers are also among our clients. Whether a client’s financing requires convertible debt, hybrid debt-equity securities, or preferred or common equity, we have the resources, deep experience and the relationships to help clients manage the transition from private to public company and secure the funding they need to scale their businesses.

Mergers and Acquisitions

Since 2010, we have represented acquiring companies, targets and investment advisors in more than 600 business combinations, with an aggregate value of more than $206 billion. Our experience expands from mergers and acquisitions, stock and asset purchases, to tender offers, proxy fights, auctions and spin-offs. Whatever the needs of our clients, our lawyers routinely advise them on defensive and offensive takeover measures, tax structuring and antitrust issues, and the executive compensation and employment issues that business combinations typically involve.

Technology Alliances

Our lawyers structure, draft and negotiate complex strategic relationships for emerging companies. Our experience leads us to insightful judgments on what makes some relationships work while others fail. When building alliances, we help clients exploit and profit from their technology. In the process, we help create:

Intellectual Property and Licensing 

Andrews Kurth helps clients in virtually all industries obtain, protect and enforce patents, trademarks, copyrights, trade secrets and other intellectual property rights. Our services include counseling on employee intellectual property and confidentiality agreements, covenants-not-to-compete, employee training programs, document classification and retention policies, and trade secret misappropriation. We also help technology clients establish guidelines covering work-for-hire agreements and copyright assignments. Our intellectual property lawyers have strong technical backgrounds and extensive legal and commercial experience as in-house IP counsel, patent and trademark examiners, engineers or scientists.

Executive Compensation and Employee Benefits

Andrews Kurth lawyers regularly assist clients in designing, negotiating and implementing compensation and benefits plans for executives and employees. Our industry experience helps us to provide sound counsel with a best practices perspective on:

Join Partner Anthony Eppert for his monthly Executive Compensation Webinar. The webinar series is appropriate for C-suite executives and professionals in legal, finance and human resources departments.

Labor and Employment

The labor and employment challenges for technology and growing companies are unique in many respects and require adaptable and cost-effective frameworks that keep clients regulatory-compliant and competitive. Andrews Kurth’s workforce counsel includes:

While preventive measures are always preferable and less disruptive than lawsuits, should disputes arise, Andrews Kurth provides clients with the depth of resources and experience to protect companies from the risks employment litigation poses to a company’s operations, morale and reputation.

Join us for our quarterly Rules of Employment Webinar Series. The webinar series is appropriate for representatives of legal, finance, and human resources departments.

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