Emerging Companies and Venture Capital

Emerging Companies

Robinson+Cole has assisted hundreds of start-up, emerging, and fast growth companies at all stages of the business cycle, from seed capital to mezzanine finance, to exit strategy through merger, acquisition, and IPO. We have experience in a full range of industries, including biotechnology, business process outsourcing, consumer products, data analytics, digital media, entertainment, fashion and apparel, financial technology, food and beverage, health care, Internet and mobile device applications, manufacturing, media and analytics, medical device, software, and telecommunications. Many of our lawyers have previously worked in high growth businesses.

Our lawyers tailor their advice and solutions to meet the unique needs of early-stage companies, often with an eye toward future rounds of investment and exit strategies. We provide our clients with legal assistance to help them minimize the risks they face and to address the essential aspects of their businesses, including the following:

  • choosing an appropriate business entity
  • establishing ownership and equity rights
  • licensing core technology
  • protecting intellectual property
  • structuring bridge, angel, and venture capital investments
  • complying with licensing and tax requirements
  • negotiating supplier and customer contracts
  • preparing and implementing employment, proprietary information, and noncompetition agreements
  • designing and preparing equity and equity-like incentive plans
  • negotiating strategic agreements and joint ventures


Venture Capital

Robinson+Cole has extensive experience representing both venture-backed companies and venture capital firms in industries such as consumer products, finance, health care, technology, manufacturing, media and marketing, and retail. We understand the standards by which venture capitalists assess businesses, business plans and models, the types and terms of securities involved, and the dynamics of multi-investor groups and multiple series of equity. Our experience enables us to help clients navigate the often complicated issues involved in venture capital financings, as well as to provide advice and insight to those clients as they grow their businesses. We are well connected with leading venture capital firms across the country, and one of the most satisfying aspects of our work is facilitating appropriate introductions between clients seeking financing and investors with capital to place.

Our lawyers are actively engaged with the start-up, emerging company, and venture communities, serving as counsel to, and participants of, key industry groups, including the Angel Investor Forum, the Association for Corporate Growth, the Crossroads Venture Group, and the MIT Enterprise Forum.

    • Experience
      • A sample of our work includes the following transactions
      HealthFleetPerkloudVerivo Venture Capital Q4 2013Kadenze - Q4 2013Verivo Venture Capital Q2 2013Revelry Venture Capital Q1 2013eTouches Venture Capital Q3 2012Health Warrior Venture Capital Q3 2012Continuity Venture Capital Q2 2012Fusion Optix Venture Capital Q2 2012Orix Venture Capital Q2 2012EVOL Venture Capital
    • News
      • January 22, 2014

        Eric Dale Elected President of Crossroads Venture Group Board of Directors

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      • October 21, 2013

        Super Lawyers® Names 61 Robinson & Cole Attorneys to 2013 List

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      • September 21, 2012

        Eric Dale Speaks at CVG 2nd Thursday "Marketing at the Speed of Light"

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      • December 19, 2011

        Boston Attorney Michael Wirvin Joins DCF Kids Fund

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      • October 12, 2011

        “What You Wish You Knew Before Selling Your Business” Prepares Business Owners for the Big Exit Event

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      • July 22, 2011

        Q2 Deal Report

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      • June 7, 2011

        “Competition for Capital in the Private Markets – What LP Investors Want in 2011” – A Signature Series Event at Robinson & Cole

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      • May 13, 2011

        Robinson & Cole Welcomes Partner Joseph B. White

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      • January 12, 2011

        Venture Capital is the Engine of Innovation in the Tech Sector

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      • January 5, 2011

        Robinson & Cole’s Deal Team Dominates Venture Deals in Q3

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      • November 8, 2010

        Program Examines Impact of the Dodd Frank Act on Non-financial Businesses

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      • August 6, 2010

        Private Equity Group Chair Sees Thaw of Venture Credit Capital Markets

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      • May 14, 2010

        Robinson & Cole Partner Says Venture Capital Data Portend Better Deal Flow

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      • March 10, 2010

        Robinson & Cole's Deal Team featured in Financial Sense Column on Trends in M&A Activity

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      • December 10, 2009

        Robinson & Cole Plays a Leading Role at Connecticut Digital Media Conference

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