Business Formation, Structuring and Governance

Turning Your Idea Into A Reality Through Strategic Legal Guidance

We work with early stage companies from their initial start in the "garage" and founding teams as small as two individuals to mid-size family-held businesses in all areas of their formation, including: advice on choice of entity, capital structuring, stock option planning, documentation and maintenance; drafting and adopting bylaws; board formation matters, and confidentiality agreements; and establishing processes and policies for protecting clients’ intellectual property, along with counseling on various aspects of transfer of business licensing and exit strategies.

We serve as outsourced general counsel for companies that don't have in-house counsel or that need additional attorney bandwidth.

Common Startup Services

Some of the most common business startup services we provide include:

  • Business Formation & Restructuring
  • Contract Review & Negotiation
  • Intellectual Property Protection
  • Website Agreements
  • Equity Agreements
  • Shareholder Agreements
  • Startup Consulting
  • Business Dissolution
  • Corporate Bylaws
  • Trademarks & Copyrights
  • Licensing
  • Stock Purchase Agreements

As part of our startup service, we assist with

  • Helping business founders in negotiations for contract writing with potential partners, vendors, customers, and other third parties
  • Lining up investments with private investors such as family members, close friends, or trusted business associates
  • Creating a solid and far-reaching internal company structure to help protect founders from internal-disputes with other partners
  • Putting in place a business succession plan to ensure the longevity of the business in the face of unanticipated change

ENTREPRENEURS, INVESTORS AND STARTUP AND EMERGING COMPANIES

Many of our clients come to us with one idea. We have developed many of our relationships over the course of an entire career, helping our clients maximize their potential in ways they never thought was possible. We can help answer some of every entrepreneur's most pressing legal questions and build a long-range business strategy.

  • What are my business and personal goals?
  • Which company structure best meets my needs?
  • What should I do now to protect my intellectual property?
  • How should I plan to protect future intellectual property acquisitions?
  • What strategies should I use to fund my business?

Some Representative Cases

Structured Limited Liability Company of Restaurant Owner Seeking Outside Investors for His Latin-themed Restaurant In the District of Columbia. We assisted the founder of a uniquely themed and styled Latin restaurant in Washington DC to structure his LLC in two separate classes, one of which did not carry any management authority or control. This allowed the founder to focus on building his restaurant into a major success while seeking outside investment with peace of mind that no third party could unduly interfere with his ability to grow his business.

Buyout of Executive of Augmented Reality Wearable Technology Company. Represented executive of emerging company in successfully drafting and negotiating his buyout of $200,000 class C membership interest from company.

Negotiated Membership Interest Purchase Agreement Involving International Restaurant Group with Over 45 Concepts Worldwide. Represented investor in purchasing a membership interest in a restaurant conglomerate for a prominent location in D.C. Designed agreement to ensure maximum protection from any liability and ensured protection of client’s investment.

Structuring Business for Vietnam News Television Network – We were retained by a well-known foreign TV news network to formulate their entire organizational structure and draft their internal operating agreement. We were able to sort through all the problematic aspects of their setup and recommend a streamlined corporate structure to ensure efficient operations.

Real Estate Investment Firm With Multiple Holding Entities. We were asked to help form and structure a real estate investment company with five members, each with different contributions that were in the form of both cash, property and services, and some members desiring voting powers that were not proportional to their member contributions, which required special allocations in the LLCs capital structure. Further, there were multiple assets and intellectual property that were contributed by some of the members, and we put in place a comprehensive business plan to not only ensure smooth intra-member functioning, but also long term protection of all business assets that the members contributed.

Call our office in Vienna at 571-732-0764 or send us an email to set up an initial consultation, we'd be happy to walk you through your first steps.