Jackson Ross PLLC

Emerging Companies and Venture Capital

Starting a company is an exciting endeavor. Our attorneys have helped numerous entrepreneurs choose appropriate entity types, develop equity plans, and structure founder’s relations and stock issuances. Once your company is properly established, financing its growth becomes a priority. From crowdfunding and seed stage convertible notes to series rounds of preferred stock, our team has vast experience documenting and negotiating venture capital financing and venture debt for startups in a variety of industries. Furthermore, as many of our clients come from the investor side of the table, our team has a depth of experience in investor representation, including with respect to negotiating term sheets, subscription agreements, and partnership and operating agreements.

Throughout the growth stage, our attorneys can help your business maintain legal compliance with U.S. and non-U.S. laws and regulations, including commercial agreements, employment law, technology transactions, and customer privacy agreements. From the beginning of the business to the end, our team can help you every step of the way. Our attorneys have negotiated the exits of numerous ex-founders, assisted in initial public offerings in a variety of industries, and handled several mergers and acquisitions on behalf of our entrepreneurial and investor clients.

Focus Areas:

  • Commercial Agreements
  • Compliance with U.S. and non-U.S. Laws and Regulations
  • Corporate Governance and Board Advice
  • Crowdfunding
  • Employment
  • Entity Formation and Issuance of Founders’ Stock
  • Equity Plans
  • General Corporate
  • Investor Representation
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Privacy and Data Security
  • Securities Laws and Regulations
  • Technology Transactions
  • Venture Capital Financing and Venture Debt

Representative Matters:

  • Incorporated numerous startups in Delaware, New York, and elsewhere
  • Served as outside general counsel to numerous organizations
  • Served as primary outside counsel to angel investor platform; prepared and negotiated U.S and U.K. venture capital fund documentation including private placement memoranda, limited partnership/liability company agreements, subscription agreements, and side letters
  • Prepared terms of use and privacy policies for numerous organizations, from startups to well-known mature companies
  • Prepared numerous securities filings, including Form D for private placements and Form C for Regulation Crowdfunding
  • Represented app developer platform in securing loan
  • Represented buyer in acquisition of social media marketing network
  • Negotiated extension of convertible promissory notes on behalf of government contractor
  • Prepared numerous legal opinions for investors regarding investments in venture capital funds
  • Represented software security company in its sale of shares of common stock
  • Represented employee on work visa in regard to joining and investing in music industry startup
  • Represented FinTech company in its formation of a venture capital fund for its customers
  • Served as outside general counsel to a seed accelerator; prepared and negotiated numerous program agreements, convertible notes and restricted stock agreements
  • Represented employee of digital media company in investment into employer
  • Negotiated numerous exits of founders from companies, ensuring founders either keep all vested stock, board seats, and other rights, or are compensated fairly
  • Advised ex-employee of prominent FinTech company as to potential purchase of unvested shares
  • Assisted in initial public offering of real estate investment trust
  • Drafted and negotiated numerous convertible promissory notes in a variety of fields, from cutting-edge technology companies to cannabis companies to a heavy-duty semi-tractor business
  • Drafted and negotiated numerous term sheets, subscription agreements, and limited liability company agreements for startups and investors
  • Reviewed convertible promissory note on behalf of Singapore-based angel investor