Investments of early-stage and venture capital bring innovations to market. The business lawyers of Palter Stokley Sims have handled early-stage and venture capital investment transactions on behalf of both investors and issuers, including seed investments, down-round investments and growth-capital investments.
Without “friends and family” and other providers of seed capital, many businesses would never get started. Our business lawyers have substantial experience structuring seed capital investments in ways that protect all parties involved and provide a mutual understanding of seed capital’s risk/return profile.
Whether from wealthy individuals or from angel networks and groups, angel investments often bridge the gap between initial seed capital and formal venture capital or some other form of institutional investment. Whether convertible debt or equity, the business attorneys of Palter Stokley Sims provide trusted counsel to issuers and investors alike.
Whether invested in biotechnology, IT, software or any other industry, venture capital is often the first outside institutional capital invested in a company. Managers of VC funds, and investors in those funds are often compensated for taking hefty risks by receiving substantial control over the company’s business. As a result, the structuring and negotiation of a VC investment is a high-risk, high-reward endeavor for both issuer and investor. At Palter Stokley Sims, we are accustomed to providing sensitive guidance to parties on both sides of the VC table. This includes asking the hard questions that are critical for reaching a mutual understanding and a clear path for the company’s future.