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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 startup markets, including Silicon Valley, Boston, New York and Europe. 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 QuickLaunch 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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Buckland, Peter

Peter Buckland

Vice Chair, Corporate Practice Group

Co-Chair, Emerging Company Practice

+1 650 858 6036 (t)

peter.buckland@wilmerhale.com

Gammell, David

David D. Gammell

Co-Chair, Emerging Company Practice

+1 617 526 6839 (t)

david.gammell@wilmerhale.com

Bain, Mick

Mick Bain

Partner

+1 617 526 6158 (t)

michael.bain@wilmerhale.com

Bonnes, Andrew

Andrew Bonnes

Partner

+1 617 526 6136 (t)

andrew.bonnes@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 healthcare sectors—as well as technology companies in a broad range of industries, including consumer Internet, fintech, energy, material science, 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 2015, we served as counsel in more than 250 venture financings raising nearly $5 billion, including some of the largest and most prominent deals of the year. Since 2004, we have handled more than 3,000 venture financings with total proceeds in excess of $30 billion. Learn more about our venture capital capabilities.

Publications & News

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January 19, 2017

Want to Ruin Your Relationships? Ask Family and Friends to Fund Your Startup

In this article published by Xconomy, Gary Schall explains why obtaining capital from friends and family can be a lose-lose proposition for entrepreneurs and suggests other avenues to pursue instead.

January 12, 2017

SyncOnSet Technologies Secures $1.5M Series A Financing

SyncOnSet was born out of a simple idea: replace the three-ring production binder with professional software designed for how production teams work.

January 2, 2017

Some Tweaks to Build Employee Loyalty

Daniel Zimmermann, in this article published by TechCrunch, takes a close look at some of the vesting schedules and exercise periods that companies are debuting and weighs their risks and rewards.

December 2, 2016

Civis Analytics Raises $22 Million in Series A Funding Led by Drive Capital

Partner Peter Buckland and Associate Jessica Wade represented Civis in this transaction.

November 29, 2016

The Tough Questions You Must Discuss Before You Take the Money

Dave Gammell, in this article published by Xconomy, explains why before taking money, entrepreneurs need to be forthright about where they stand on the key issues that can derail a promising venture and devastate a partnership.

November 16, 2016

Spoiler Alert Raises $2.5M in Seed Round to Take on Nation’s $220B Food Waste Problem

Spoiler Alert, a Boston-based startup whose technology platform helps food businesses manage their unsold inventory and increase food access, announced the close of a $2.5 million seed round.

November 9, 2016

LMG Life Sciences Ranks WilmerHale and Attorneys Among the Best

The 2016 supplement highlights nine firm practices and 18 attorneys, recognizing work under three categories—Intellectual Property, Finance and Transactional, and Non-IP Litigation and Enforcement.

November 9, 2016

Cape Analytics Raises $14M in Series A Financing

Partner Peter Buckland and Associate Jaclyn Ammon represented Cape Analytics in this transaction.

October 3, 2016

Should Your Startup Take the Public Benefit or B Corp Route?

An article contributed to TechCrunch by Mick Bain that discusses whether or not to establish your company as a B Corp—a for-profit company certified by the nonprofit B Lab to meet rigorous standards of social and environmental performance, accountability and transparency.

September 29, 2016

WilmerHale Advises Altiostar Networks in $60M Venture Capital Financing

The WilmerHale team was led by Partner Mark Borden and included Senior Associate Caroline Dotolo and Associate Alyce Chen.

Events

2016 Reports

WilmerHale's annual IPO, Venture Capital and M&A Reports offer insights into market conditions and provide comprehensive statistics and analysis that are hard to find elsewhere.

Our 2016 IPO Report offers a detailed analysis of, and outlook for, the IPO market, plus useful IPO market metrics. We look at rates of adoption of JOBS Act relief by emerging growth companies, and recent FAST Act amendments that further streamline the IPO process. We examine the growing divide between the corporate governance practices of IPO companies and established public companies, the guideposts to permissible research analyst activities, and hot topics in SEC staff review of Form S-1 registration statements. Other highlights include a Q&A with former SEC Corp Fin Director and current WilmerHale Partner Meredith Cross and updates on the SEC's renewed enforcement focus on financial reporting, D&O liability in IPOs, and what IPO companies should know about Section 162(m) of the Internal Revenue Code.

The 2016 Venture Capital Report provides an in-depth analysis of, and outlook for, the US and European venture capital markets. The report features industry and regional breakdowns, and a look at trends in venture capital financing, convertible debt and VC-backed company M&A deal terms. We also highlight two new funding techniques that have expanded the pre-IPO financing toolkit; five common mistakes made by fledging entrepreneurs; and four things you need to know about doing business in California.

Our 2016 M&A Report offers 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; updates on takeover defenses and public company deal litigation; practical guidance on avoiding antitrust violations in pre-merger integration planning; a look at what buyers need to know about appraisal claims in private company mergers; and a survey of key terms and issues 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 Client Development Department at ClientDevelopment@wilmerhale.com or call +1 617 526 5600.

QuickLaunch Program

WilmerHale's QuickLaunch Program, powered by more than 100 lawyers across all of our offices, is a platform for qualified startups and entrepreneurs to receive the critical guidance and legal advice they need to get off the ground and gain a competitive advantage. QuickLaunch members have access to a community of like-minded entrepreneurs who face many of the same challenges related to their new ventures. Additional benefits include: 

  • introductions to venture capitalists, angels and other investors;
  • access to potential recruits, mentors, advisors and preferred providers;
  • an audience of peers and influencers to help refine and promote your startup;
  • invitations to our private QuickLaunch events in Boston, New York and Silicon Valley;
  • legal guidance on everything from company formation, expansion and patent protection to securing financing and exit strategies; and     
  • the ability to manage costs through free services and deferred, fixed and/or discounted rates.

Through the QuickLaunch Program (formerly known as QuickStart), our lawyers leverage their institutional knowledge and deep experience to deliver services on a responsive and efficient basis. We have helped thousands of entrepreneurs launch and grow their businesses, and in this time we have gained a deeper understanding of the types of legal and business support that lead to startup success.

Contact us to learn more.