Practices

Emerging Companies and Venture Capital

We provide strategic counsel to entrepreneurs and early-stage businesses across the country and across various industries. We help them get established, build and maintain a workforce, connect to financing sources and strategic partners, protect their assets, and grow into market leaders. Our attorneys also advise venture capital funds on financing and exit transactions, from assessment and due diligence through closing and post-closing matters.

The attorneys in our Emerging Companies and Venture Capital Group have decades of experience helping emerging companies thrive—from entity formation, angel and seed financing, preferred financing rounds, and ultimately through a sale or initial public offering. The group is drawn from the practice areas that are integral to such efforts—business and finance, intellectual property, labor and employment, tax, health care, government relations, and litigation.

Our emerging company clients benefit from our vast network of relationships with venture capital and private equity firms, angel investors, investment funds and banks, and public companies that invest in emerging companies.

We represent venture capital funds and other investors seeking opportunities. Investors regularly call on the attorneys on our team to evaluate potential investments, assist with due diligence investigations, negotiate financing terms, draft documentation, and structure and close transactions efficiently. We also work with, and provide counsel to, portfolio companies after the venture investment. 

Pro Bono Support for Startups

Many of the ideas shaping business today started somewhere on a college campus. But most ideas don’t make it much past the quad because the gauntlet of challenges facing student entrepreneurs prove to be too great. Through the Ballard Academy for Student Entrepreneurship (BASE) program, Ballard Spahr aims to provide student entrepreneurs with the resources—legal, academic, and connectivity—they need to get on the fast-track to success.
See the BASE page