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Emerging Companies

Shipman & Goodwin has long enjoyed helping start-up and emerging growth companies to succeed. We combine a practical and flexible approach to early stage companies with the experience and skills of seasoned business and finance, private equity, securities, Internet-based business, intellectual property and mergers and acquisitions lawyers.

Our emerging growth company clients compete in various industries, including software and IT, online marketplaces, energy and alternative energy, education, nanotechnology, engineered materials, semiconductors, Internet services, telecommunications, e-commerce, new media, life sciences and health care. We pride ourselves on our practical, cost-effective, business-oriented advice and our broad industry knowledge and experience. We also offer an alternative fee program entitled "Synergy" for qualified startups. For more information about our Synergy Program, click here or on the Synergy button at right.

Our representation of clients includes:

  • Organizational matters among founders - choice of entity, shareholder and buy-sell agreements
  • Business advisory services - corporate governance, board of directors and shareholder matters, employee issues, general contracting
  • Business succession planning - estate and gift tax planning for entrepreneurs and their families
  • Private equity finance – venture capital, mezzanine finance, SBIC investments, angel investments, strategic investments, venture leasing
  • Equity compensation matters
  • Commercialization of products and technology - licensing, product distribution, joint ventures, strategic alliances
  • Technology development and licensing - technology transfer, R&D agreements, licensing
  • Intellectual property protection - trade secrecy agreements, copyright, trademark and domain name protection, trademark prosecution and maintenance, intellectual property litigation
  • Web site development and hosting
  • Mergers and acquisitions - representing acquirors, targets, and investors in connection with domestic and international mergers, acquisitions and divestitures
  • Agreements for outsourcing, consulting and systems integration, linking, Internet service providers, distance learning

Shipman & Goodwin is pleased to sponsor CTech, a part of Science Park at Yale, Connecticut's newly expanded technology incubator located in New Haven. The New Haven facility houses high-tech tenants that share facility amenities as well as on-site accounting, legal and professional business services. CTech is a partnership between Connecticut Innovations, Yale University, Launch Capital, United Illuminating Co. and the Economic Development Corporation of New Haven. To support this effort for entrepreneurs and emerging technology companies, Shipman & Goodwin currently staffs CTech with an attorney one day per week. To learn more about CTech, please click here or on the CTech logo to the right of this page.


October 19, 2017  CVG & CT Tech Tour
February 11, 2016  CVG: Investor & Entrepreneur Network Event
March 30 - April 1, 2012  Startup Weekend Stamford
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