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Emerging Companies

Shipman & Goodwin has long enjoyed helping start-up and emerging growth companies to succeed. We combine a practical and flexible approach to early stage companies with the experience and skills of seasoned business and finance, private equity, securities, Internet-based business, intellectual property and mergers and acquisitions lawyers.

Our emerging growth company clients compete in various industries, including software and IT, online marketplaces, energy and alternative energy, education, nanotechnology, engineered materials, semiconductors, Internet services, telecommunications, e-commerce, new media, life sciences and health care. We pride ourselves on our practical, cost-effective, business-oriented advice and our broad industry knowledge and experience. We also offer an alternative fee program entitled "Synergy" for qualified startups. For more information about our Synergy Program, click here or on the Synergy button at right.

Our representation of clients includes:

  • Organizational matters among founders - choice of entity, shareholder and buy-sell agreements
  • Business advisory services - corporate governance, board of directors and shareholder matters, employee issues, general contracting
  • Business succession planning - estate and gift tax planning for entrepreneurs and their families
  • Private equity finance – venture capital, mezzanine finance, SBIC investments, angel investments, strategic investments, venture leasing
  • Equity compensation matters
  • Commercialization of products and technology - licensing, product distribution, joint ventures, strategic alliances
  • Technology development and licensing - technology transfer, R&D agreements, licensing
  • Intellectual property protection - trade secrecy agreements, copyright, trademark and domain name protection, trademark prosecution and maintenance, intellectual property litigation
  • Web site development and hosting
  • Mergers and acquisitions - representing acquirors, targets, and investors in connection with domestic and international mergers, acquisitions and divestitures
  • Agreements for outsourcing, consulting and systems integration, linking, Internet service providers, distance learning

Shipman & Goodwin is proud to support and participate in programs and events with the following bioscience and technology organizations: ABCT (Accelerator for Biosciences in CT and NY), BioCT, Connecticut Innovations, CT Technology Council, Crossroads Venture Group, Yale Entrepreneurial Institute, Yale Office of Cooperative Research (Innovation Summit and PitchFest), University of Connecticut TIP, and Women in Bio.

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