Deal or No Deal: Legal Best Practice for Tech Startups

03/14/2013 05:30 p.m. - 07:15 p.m.

Emerging Companies + Venture Capital, Media + Entertainment, Technology Transactions, Mergers + Acquisitions, Technology, Germany, United Kingdom, Brussels, Patent Litigation, Private Funds, and Private Equity Investments + Buyouts

Morrison & Foerster (UK) LLP
One Ropemaker Street
London EC2Y 9AW


Duncan Robertson
+44 20 7920 4023

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The tech startup community in London is buzzing and Tech City is an exciting place to be – not just for entrepreneurs and startups, but also for investors. With the uncertain economic outlook competition for business remains fierce. 

Concepts, optimism and opportunity are not the only ingredients required for success. Critically important, although somewhat less glamorous, are the “legals”. Getting these right from the outset is key to growth. How to do this and how to avoid some of the common pitfalls are what this seminar is about.

In our session, we will take you through the lifecycle of a fictional tech company, from pre-incorporation to exit, highlighting some of the key stages and common problems encountered along the way, as well as providing practical tips and solutions for both startups and those investing in them.

Topics Will Include:

  • Structuring the business – getting the structure right at the beginning could be make or break at the funding or exit stage and have serious tax implications
  • Protecting valuable assets – demystifying trademarks, patents and IP to help keep the value in the assets and ensure compliance with the law
  • Growth – raising capital through equity investment, including understanding the investor perspective, and moving to an eventual exit


  • Chris Coulter, Seminar Chair
  • Aaron Archer, Corporate structures, investment, growth and exit strategies
  • Deirdre Moynihan, IP protection and commercial contracts
  • Sonia Girgis, Tax on structure and investments and employee incentives


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