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Emerging Companies


As an entrepreneur, you need advice that combines legal knowledge with an understanding of your business, your industry, your markets and your risks. Our Emerging Companies practice helps entrepreneurs create the legal foundation necessary to raise capital, attract and retain employees, protect intellectual property and contract with partners. We also work regularly with venture capital firms and investment banks to investigate and document investments in emerging companies, giving us both a well-rounded perspective and an ability to connect and introduce clients in need of financing.

Competent, Creative and Connected
With Emerging Companies lawyers located across the country and in major international business centers around the world, Dorsey provides both legal and business services for the breadth of issues faced by a growing business – from initial investment to final liquidity.

Full Range of Services
Our services include: 

  • Formation, venture capital and other financing
  • Strategic alliances
  • Domestic and international licensing
  • Protection of intellectual property
  • Distribution agreements
  • Executive compensation and employee benefits
  • Public offerings
  • Mergers & acquisitions


Industry Experience
We have deep experience working with companies of all sizes in a diverse collection of industries, including: Medical technology, Biotechnology, Computer technology, Software,  Electronics, Consumer products and Telecommunications Services.

Angel and Venture Capital Financing
In the past five years, we have counseled emerging company and venture capital clients in more than 200 financings.

Public Offerings
We regularly assist emerging company clients with their first and multiple follow-on public offerings, preparing them for the transition to SEC disclosure, compliance and reporting obligations.

Mergers & Acquisitions
We help numerous emerging company clients expand through acquisitions or ultimately sell their companies.

Protecting Innovation
We help emerging company clients develop and implement a patent strategy that aligns protection of innovations with business plans.

Branding and Authorship
We help emerging companies identify and register the trademarks, servicemarks, and trade names that identify their products and services in the marketplace, and protect their unique works of authorship.

Development, License and Sale Rights
With broad experience in constructing and negotiating commercial contracts and relationships across numerous industries, we help emerging company clients maximize their return on IP investment through commercialization.


Top 25 M&A Deals Completed US Thomson

US News Best Lawyers 2021 Tier 1 Corporate Law Firm

US News Best Lawyers 2021 Tier 1 Securities-Capital Markets Practice

Best Law Firms-25 Nationally Ranked Dorsey Practices 2021

US News Best Lawyers 2022 Top M&A Law Firm

US News Best Lawyers 2022 Leading Securities Regulation Law Firm

US News Best Lawyers 2022 Leading Tax Law Firm

BTI Client Service A-Team 2022

Dorsey Top US Trademark Firm-WTR 2022

Globacl PitchBook 2014 Top VC Law Firm

Industries & Practices

  • Benefits & Compensation
  • Capital Markets
  • Closely Held Businesses
  • Corporate Governance & Compliance
  • Executive Compensation
  • Franchise & Distribution Law
  • Intellectual Property Litigation
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Patent Prosecution & Strategy
  • Tax
  • Technology Commerce
  • Trademark, Copyright + Advertising