Emerging Company TRANSACTIONAL

WilmerHale’s Emerging Company Practice has helped thousands of entrepreneurs successfully launch their businesses; raise billions in angel, venture and strategic financing; and take their companies to sale, IPO and market leadership.


Our more than 100 dedicated corporate lawyers are stationed in some of the most active start-up markets, including Silicon Valley, Boston, Waltham, New York, Berlin, Frankfurt and London. We have a longstanding tradition of representing emerging companies and entrepreneurs across a wide range of industries, and offer strategic advice and an indispensable business perspective that is critical to our clients’ success. Our team-oriented approach to service gives clients the flexibility to call on a number of experienced lawyers at any time, and our innovative QuickStart Program enables us to provide the highest level of responsiveness in a cost-effective manner. Additionally, we are able to draw on the full spectrum of renowned services offered by the firm—from intellectual property and labor and employment to tax, litigation, regulatory issues and beyond. We are extraordinarily proud of the innovative clients we serve, many of whom have helped change the way we all work, think and live.

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Bain, Mick

Mick Bain

Partner-in-Charge, Waltham Office

Co-Chair, Emerging Company Practice

Co-Chair, Energy and Cleantech Group

+1 781 966 2027 (t)

michael.bain@wilmerhale.com

Buckland, Peter

Peter Buckland

Vice Chair, Corporate Practice Group

Co-Chair, Emerging Company Practice

+1 650 858 6036 (t)

peter.buckland@wilmerhale.com

Bain, Mick

Mick Bain

Partner

+1 781 966 2027 (t)

michael.bain@wilmerhale.com

Boot, Jeannette K.

Jeannette K. Boot

Partner

+1 212 295 6507 (t)

jeannette.boot@wilmerhale.com

Borden, Mark G.

Mark G. Borden

Partner

+1 617 526 6675 (t)

mark.borden@wilmerhale.com

Bothwick, Jay E.

Jay E. Bothwick

Partner

+1 617 526 6526 (t)

jay.bothwick@wilmerhale.com

Braun, Martin

Dr. Martin Braun

Partner

+49 69 27 10 78 207 (t)

martin.braun@wilmerhale.com

Brown, Lillian

Lillian Brown

Partner

+1 202 663 6743 (t)

lillian.brown@wilmerhale.com

Buckland, Peter

Peter Buckland

Partner

+1 650 858 6036 (t)

peter.buckland@wilmerhale.com

Experience

We work with founders to properly set up their companies; review business plans and identify companies’ key strengths and weaknesses before approaching financing sources; license core technology; develop strategies to obtain funding and negotiate terms for initial and later-stage financings; prepare and implement key agreements with management, employees, consultants and advisors; design equity incentive plans; and advise clients on how best to achieve liquidity. We also attend board meetings and offer strategic advice and counseling on important business decisions, as well as guidance on forming and running an effective board of directors.

Our lawyers represent life sciences companies—including those in the biotechnology, medical device and health care sectors—as well as technology companies in a broad range of industries, including consumer Internet, cybersecurity, digital media, mobile technology, robotics, software, hardware, big data, and clean technology. In addition to our corporate experience, we are able to tap into the deep technical and scientific knowledge of our attorneys who hold degrees in fields such as biochemistry, biology, biomedical engineering, chemical engineering, chemistry, computer science, electrical engineering, genetics, immunology, information systems, mathematics, mechanical engineering, medicine, microbiology, organic chemistry and systems engineering. As a result, we have a sophisticated understanding of the important technical and intellectual property issues facing companies in these sectors.

Venture capital deals are a cornerstone of our practice, and reflect our longstanding focus on emerging technology and life sciences companies. In 2013, we served as counsel in more than 300 venture financings raising approximately $2.5 billion, including some of the largest and most prominent deals of the year. Since 2004, we have handled more than 2,200 venture financings raising approximately $20 billion. Learn more about our venture capital capabilities.

Publications & News

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May 14, 2014

WilmerHale Named Among America’s Top Corporate Law Firms

WilmerHale has been named to NYSE Governance Services and FTI Consulting’s “America’s Top Corporate Law Firms,” a comprehensive ranking of the top 25 firms in the nation.

May 6, 2014

2014 Venture Capital Report

Our 2014 Venture Capital Report offers an in-depth analysis of, and outlook for, the US and European venture capital markets. The report features industry and regional breakdowns, an analysis of trends in venture capital financing and VC-backed company M&A deal terms, a look at important considerations for startups in light of JOBS Act provisions that loosen restrictions around general solicitation and crowdfunding.

May 6, 2014

2014 Corporate Reports

WilmerHale’s annual IPO, Venture Capital and M&A Reports provide comprehensive statistics and analysis that are hard to find elsewhere.

April 25, 2014

Selected 2014 Life Sciences Transactions

Recognized both globally and nationally as a leading life sciences practice, WilmerHale has four decades of experience representing biotechnology, pharmaceutical and medical device companies at all stages of growth, as well as venture capitalists and investment banks.

April 9, 2014

Robots Fly, Swim, Rove and Amaze the Crowd at WilmerHale

Robots circled overhead, swam in a pool, mowed the lawn, tossed balls and delighted the investors, robotics fans and students who enjoyed the celebration today at the 2014 Silicon Valley Robot Block Party hosted by WilmerHale law firm and Silicon Valley Robotics, a professional association that supports innovation in robotic technologies.

March 25, 2014

2014 IPO Report

Our 2014 IPO Report offers a detailed analysis of, and outlook for, the IPO market. The report features regional breakdowns; useful IPO market metrics; an update on the pros, cons and recent rates of adoption of various elements of JOBS Act relief available to emerging growth companies; and a look at the expanded role CEOs now must play in the IPO process. We review important considerations around the inclusion of “flash results” in IPO prospectuses; present a quick primer on the characteristics of venture capital–backed and private equity–backed IPOs and their current market outlook; and provide an overview of “cross-border” IPOs by foreign companies in the United States.

March 3, 2014

Selected 2014 Venture Financings As Company Counsel

In 2013, we served as counsel in more than 300 venture financings raising approximately $2.5 billion, including some of the largest and most prominent deals of the year.

January 10, 2014

“Why Startups Hire Their Own Lawyers” by Daniel Doktori is Featured on TechCrunch

In his column featured on TechCrunch, Daniel Doktori*—a member of the firm's Emerging Company Practice in the New York office—discusses how startups approach hiring general counsels and what is expected of them once in the position.

December 31, 2013

Peter Buckland Discusses “How to Keep Your Startup’s Secrets Private” in Entrepreneur’s Ask the Expert Column

In Entrepreneur's "Ask the Expert" column, Partner Peter Buckland shares his thoughts on "How to Keep Your Startup's Secrets Private." He touches upon patents, trademarks, copyrights and trade secrets, and the importance of non-disclosure agreements (NDAs).

December 23, 2013

Peter Buckland Publishes Second Column on Entrepreneur: “Figuring Out How to Divvy Up Startup Equity”

In his second column featured in Entrepreneur's "Ask the Expert" section-Partner Peter Buckland shares his insight with start-ups into how to approach equity option pools.

2014 Reports

WilmerHale’s annual IPO, Venture Capital and M&A Reports provide comprehensive statistics and analysis that are hard to find elsewhere.

Our 2014 IPO Report offers a detailed analysis of, and outlook for, the IPO market. The report features regional breakdowns; useful IPO market metrics; an update on the pros, cons and recent rates of adoption of various elements of JOBS Act relief available to emerging growth companies; and a look at the expanded role CEOs now must play in the IPO process. We review important considerations around the inclusion of “flash results” in IPO prospectuses; present a primer on the characteristics of venture capital–backed and private equity–backed IPOs; and provide an overview of “cross-border” IPOs by foreign companies in the United States.

The 2014 Venture Capital Report offers an in-depth analysis of, and outlook for, the US and European venture capital markets. The report features industry and regional breakdowns, an analysis of trends in venture capital financing and VC-backed company M&A deal terms, and a look at important considerations for startups in light of JOBS Act provisions that loosen restrictions around general solicitation and crowdfunding.

Our 2014 M&A Report contains a detailed review of, and outlook for, the global M&A market. Other highlights include a comparison of deal terms in public and private acquisitions, an update on takeover defenses, and insights into CFIUS and FCPA considerations in M&A transactions. We also look at financial statement requirements in mergers and acquisitions, and survey key terms in sales of VC-backed companies.

Each report also includes a center spread showcasing prominent recent transactions in each area and company counsel rankings from independent sources showing WilmerHale’s preeminence as counsel in IPOs, VC financings and sales of VC-backed companies.

To request a hard copy of any of the reports, contact the WilmerHale Marketing Department at WHCorporateReports@wilmerhale.com or call +1 617 526 5600.

QuickStart Program

Our QuickStart Program has been recognized by Financial Times for its innovative approach to working with start-ups and other emerging companies. For those companies that qualify, the QuickStart Program has two parts: one focuses on giving start-ups the critical guidance and legal advice they need to get off the ground and gain a competitive advantage, without the need to worry about cost; the other enables start-ups to continue to get the advice they need as they begin to grow their businesses, while helping them manage their cash. Contact us to learn more.