Representing Startups: Choice of Entity, Protection of IP, Employment Agreements, Equity Compensation and More
Recording of a 90-minute CLE webinar with Q&A
This CLE webinar will provide corporate counsel with an understanding of the critical issues which must be addressed by a startup prior to commencing business. The panel will discuss how to document the management role, compensation and exit strategy for the founders, the importance of entity type and structure, protection of trade secrets and intellectual property, employment agreements and equity compensation, issues with third-party contractors, and more.
- Selection of business entity—tax, finance and other considerations
- Equity structure and compensation of founders and employees
- Equity structure options
- Equity compensation for founders and future employees
- Shareholders Agreements
- Employment and service provider issues
- Documenting the relationship properly
- Employees vs. independent contractor relationships
- Protecting IP
- Confidentiality/ NDA agreements for employees and contractors
- Protecting company IP and branding
- Financing business operations
- Determining source of capital—debt and equity
- Positioning company for raising capital
- Form contracts to transact business with customers
The panel will review these and other key issues:
- How should equity ownership, management responsibilities and compensation be documented between the initial founders?
- When is a trademark, copyright and/or patent needed and how does existing IP get assigned to the new company?
- What steps should be taken with employees and independent contractors to protect trade secrets?
- What are the pitfalls to avoid when deciding on equity compensation for employees?
- How can choice of entity, state of formation, and entity structure impact future capital raising and tax liability?
Michael D. Weil
Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe
Mr. Weil represents clients in high-stakes employment, trade secrets and employee mobility litigation throughout... | Read More
Mr. Weil represents clients in high-stakes employment, trade secrets and employee mobility litigation throughout the United States.His practice focuses on matters involving trade secrets, restrictive covenants, employee mobility issues, Sarbanes-Oxley (SOX) whistleblower claims, wrongful termination and discrimination. He has also defended numerous wage-and-hour class actions and representative actions under state and federal laws, including claims for overtime, vacation, meal and rest break penalties, waiting-time penalties and other alleged Labor Code violations. He counsels clients on a wide variety of employment and related corporate issues.Close
Joshua R. Garber
Law Offices of Joshua R. Garber
Mr. Garber is dedicated to representing startups, emerging companies, and other businesses. He also routinely... | Read More
Mr. Garber is dedicated to representing startups, emerging companies, and other businesses. He also routinely represents individuals, ranging from founders to contractors to c-suite executives, in employment and other matters. He concentrates his practice on employment law, contract law and business formation for startups. In the employment law arena, he focuses on a wide array of issues, including employment agreements, employee handbooks and policies, severance evaluation and negotiation, equity plans, employee classification, offer evaluation and negotiation, and investigations. He is also a co-founder of a recently formed company, dealing with startup issues.Close
Mital Makadia, Esq.
Ms. Makadia concentrates her practice on corporate and securities law. She works with companies in a range of areas,... | Read More
Ms. Makadia concentrates her practice on corporate and securities law. She works with companies in a range of areas, including corporate formation, private securities offerings, and merger and acquisition transactions. Previously, she practiced at Hogan & Hartson LLP in Washington, D.C., where she represented both public and private companies in a broad-based transactional practice encompassing mergers and acquisitions, securities transactions, corporate governance, and company formation and where she represented clients in their initial public offerings and in other public company work. She also previously practiced at Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel, LLP in New York doing corporate and transaction work for public and private companies.Close