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Emerging Companies
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Entrepreneurs understand the passion, energy, sacrifice, and dedication needed to foster a growing business. They want lawyers who will invest the same kind of commitment in them and their future. They want lawyers who are entrepreneurs themselves. They want an entrepreneurial law firm like Whyte Hirschboeck Dudek S.C.
WHD’s Emerging Companies Team is a dedicated group of experienced professionals serving growth companies and investors. We represent companies at all stages of development and in a wide range of industries, including biotechnology, health care services, information technology, medical devices, pharmaceuticals, software, stem cell, and nanotechnology, as well as more “traditional” markets with rapid growth potential. Our help enables companies to navigate the legal challenges of regional, national and global growth.
What is an “entrepreneurial” law firm? For us, it means that we approach the practice of law and our client service as an entrepreneur would, with energy, excitement, and a strong drive to succeed. Our entrepreneurial approach to the practice of law helps us provide meaningful and practical advice for the unique challenges of growth companies. Whether the current needs of the company are corporate counseling and securities, intellectual property, mergers & acquisitions, human resources, or government affairs, our entrepreneurial spirit is uniquely suited to growth companies. 
In every case, we strive to become a valuable member of the team.

Our Approach

Corporate Counseling and Securities
We counsel clients in the formation and initial capitalization of their business. Our attorneys guide clients through all stages and types of public and private financings, from early seed and angel investments through later stage financing and public offerings. Representative engagements relate to these areas of law:
  • Entity Structuring and Formation
  • Shareholder and Operating Agreements
  • Confidentiality Agreements
  • State and Federal Income Tax
  • Business Plan Evaluation
  • Private Placements and Angel Financings
  • Venture Capital Financings
  • Securities and Exchange Commission Filings (Blue Sky Filings; Reg. D filings)
  • Bank Lending
  • Bond Financing

Intellectual Property

Our team of legal and scientific professionals provides strategic guidance to clients striving to build, maintain, and protect patent portfolios, trade secrets, and other proprietary assets. We obtain and maintain trademarks, trade names, and copyrights. Our IP Litigation Team prosecutes and defends complex patent, copyright, trade secret, and trademark cases across a variety of industries and technologies. We will provide counsel concerning:
  • Patent applications
  • Freedom to operate opinions
  • Invalidity opinions
  • Licensing agreements
  • Trademark applications and copyright protection
  • Employee invention agreements and confidentiality agreements
  • Internet and e-commerce law
  • Intellectual property right disputes and infringement

Mergers and Acquisitions

We handle all types of mergers and acquisitions. We possess a deep understanding of the business trends and transactions in the technology and life sciences worlds. Our M&A attorneys works together as an integrated team to solve the complex issues raised in business combination transactions, including those relating to intellectual property, tax, labor, employee benefits, regulatory, and environmental law.

Compensation, Benefits and Human Resources

We regularly assist clients with equity compensation design and operation, employment agreement negotiation, executive tax planning, securities law compliance, and corporate governance with respect to equity compensation. We provide expertise and advice concerning:
  • Covenants not to compete
  • Executive employment agreements
  • Equity-based compensation
  • Immigration law services for highly-skilled foreign employees
  • Outsourcing and distribution in a global economy
  • Health Insurance
  • HR law compliance

Government Affairs

An often overlooked factor in the growth plan for an emerging business is the effect federal, state, or local government can have on markets and financing. We work closely with our highly experienced Government Affairs Team to advise emerging businesses on topics related to:
  • Economic development funds and grants
  • Government initiatives
  • Research and development financing
  • Contract procurement