Getting your Startup off on the Right Legal Foot

Getting your Startup off on the Right Legal Foot.  Michael Horten, Horten CC

2.00-3.30 PM on September 18, 2018

It is imperative that a company’s legal affairs are in order, particularly for an emerging growth company that is likely to face increasingly intense due diligence in connection with its capital raises and its ultimate exit event. The workshop will address the key issues facing startups, provide expert advice on how to avoid and troubleshoot the common pitfalls, and discuss best practices for structuring your startup for longevity and profitability. You will learn how to:

  • Choose the right legal entity
  • Structure your relationship with your co-founders
  • Make proper arrangements for dealing with the “what-ifs,” such as your co-founder’s death, decision to quit working for the company or sell his interest in the company
  • Grant incentive awards without incurring burdensome tax consequences
  • Protect the company’s intellectual property
  • Avoid running afoul of labor and employment laws

The presentation will be amplified with war stories from Michael’s many years of working with early-stage companies. The session will be interactive, so bring your questions.

Michael Horten is a US and European educated lawyer with over 40 years’ experience, including 25 years with King & Spalding. Horten CC is a law firm specializing in the representation of entrepreneurial growth companies. The firm employs a non-traditional practice model: First, the firm provides blue chip legal services without the unnecessary overhead typically associated with top law firms. Second, the firm delivers its services for a fixed fee – it maintains pricelists for most of the services that are needed by early-stage companies.