Venture Capital and Emerging Companies

Baker Botts Corporate lawyers have represented start-up companies and their investors throughout the long history of our firm. Many of our oldest and largest institutional clients are businesses we have worked with since their formation – in some cases for many decades. That tradition continues today as a natural intersection of our experience in corporate transactions and in intellectual property matters, particularly in clean energy, information technology, life sciences and nanotechnology. We counsel entrepreneurs, early stage and emerging growth companies, as well as investors, venture capitalists and underwriters in a wide variety of industries, in addition to frequently representing universities and large commercial enterprises licensing their new technologies.

We advise technology and other emerging growth companies from formation through rounds of venture capital or other private equity financing, initial public offering, sale or merger and beyond. In addition to handling corporate and transactional matters, our lawyers work closely with colleagues from other departments to address issues that require particular experience. Our Transaction lawyers work closely with our IP lawyers to tailor our services to the technology or industry. We know the issues and needs of emerging growth clients, and we bring the same depth of experience and range of knowledge to their concerns that we provide for all our clients, large and small.

Our lawyers represent a number of venture capital and other private equity funds, not only in raising their funds and making their portfolio investments, but also in the management or disposition of those investments. In addition, we have significant experience representing enterprises in joint ventures and other strategic alliances.