Emerging Companies & Venture Capital

Receiving incisive and business-oriented counsel when and where it matters most is an invaluable asset for emerging businesses and those who invest in them—which is why so many participants in this market segment find it worthwhile to consult Arnold & Porter. Our multidisciplinary Emerging Companies & Venture Capital team works closely with developing companies (from their initial formation through the full life cycle—up to and including an exit transaction, whether through an IPO or a sale of the company), venture capital funds, strategic and corporate investors, family offices, and angel investors to provide a broad range of services and advice in core financial, structural and operational areas. Our deep experience working closely and collaboratively with both operating companies and investors inspires clients to involve us in all aspects of their businesses and to act on our efficiently delivered solutions that are specific to their industry sectors and business strategies.

Formation, Structure, Employment, Executive Compensation: Choice of legal entity; corporate formation; founders' agreements; IP protection; employment counseling; equity incentive plans; and executive compensation.

Capital Raising and Financings: Angel and venture capital equity and debt financings; strategic corporate investments; and lending transactions.

Product Development & Distribution: IP acquisitions, including university licensing; development and professional services agreements; strategic collaborations and licensing; and manufacturing, distribution and hosted application transactions.

Technology Infrastructure: Equipment purchasing and leasing; and telecommunications, bandwidth, co-location, managed hosting, and content delivery agreements.

Real Estate: Acquisitions; dispositions; financings; commercial leasing joint ventures; construction projects; workouts and restructurings; environmental matters; and complex litigation.

Exit Transactions: IPOs; follow-on public offerings; S-3 shelf registrations; PIPEs transactions; 144A debt financings; mergers and acquisitions; spinouts; strategic partnerships; and joint ventures and collaborations.

Experience Highlights

  • Aperia Technologies Inc., a manufacturer of devices for commercial vehicles, in formation, numerous venture capital financings, strategic collaborations, and other general corporate matters.
  • Barnes & Noble Education Inc. in its investment in and strategic collaboration with Flashnotes, an online marketplace for students to buy and sell class notes and study materials.
  • DBL Partners, a venture capital fund, in numerous venture capital investments.
  • In-Q-Tel, the independent, strategic venture organization established by the US government to support the missions of the CIA and the broader US intelligence community, in dozens of investment transactions involving early stage technology companies.
  • Nielsen BioSciences, a biologics company, in general corporate, employment, executive compensation, and strategic transactions matters.
  • Novartis and Pfizer, biopharmaceutical companies, in numerous investments in early stage biotechnology companies through their respective strategic venture arms.
  • Revolution Ventures in numerous venture capital investments.
  • Sensys Networks, a wireless data traffic company for Smart Cities, regarding venture capital financings, general IP and corporate matters, and its merger with TagMaster, a global provider of sensor-based solutions in traffic, tolling, parking, and rail.
  • Toyota Research Institute in venture capital investments in early stage technology companies.
  • West Creek Financial, a FinTech consumer goods leasing company, in the establishment (with a partner bank) and phased nationwide roll-out of a new term point-of-sale loan program, leveraging its existing merchant network.
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