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  • Recognized Since: 2018
  • Location:
    Montréal, Quebec
  • Practice Areas:
    Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law Venture Capital Law Corporate Law Mergers and Acquisitions Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2013
  • Location:
    Montréal, Quebec
  • Practice Areas:
    Venture Capital Law Mergers and Acquisitions Law Corporate Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2020
  • Location:
    Montréal, Quebec
  • Practice Areas:
    Venture Capital Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2013
  • Location:
    Montréal, Quebec
  • Practice Areas:
    Venture Capital Law Mergers and Acquisitions Law Private Funds Law Corporate Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2013
  • Location:
    Montréal, Quebec
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate Law Venture Capital Law Banking and Finance Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2019
  • Location:
    Montréal, Quebec
  • Practice Areas:
    Venture Capital Law Mergers and Acquisitions Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2020
  • Location:
    Montréal, Quebec
  • Practice Areas:
    Mergers and Acquisitions Law Venture Capital Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2012
  • Location:
    Montréal, Quebec
  • Practice Areas:
    Mergers and Acquisitions Law Corporate Law Securities Law Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law Venture Capital Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2020
  • Location:
    Montréal, Quebec
  • Practice Areas:
    Securities Law Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law Venture Capital Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2017
  • Location:
    Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate Governance Practice Corporate Law Mergers and Acquisitions Law Venture Capital Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2019
  • Location:
    Toronto, Ontario
  • Practice Areas:
    Venture Capital Law Private Funds Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2006
  • Location:
    Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Mergers and Acquisitions Law Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law Venture Capital Law Corporate Law Securities Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2020
  • Location:
    Montréal, Quebec
  • Practice Areas:
    Real Estate Law Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law Venture Capital Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2019
  • Location:
    Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Venture Capital Law Corporate Law Mergers and Acquisitions Law Securities Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2019
  • Location:
    Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Venture Capital Law Corporate Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2018
  • Location:
    Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Venture Capital Law Mergers and Acquisitions Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2019
  • Location:
    Calgary, Alberta
  • Practice Areas:
    Mining Law Venture Capital Law Securities Law

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Practice Area Definition

Venture Capital Law Definition

Venture capital is financial capital provided to high-risk early or growth stage companies usually in exchange for a solid equity position and significant influence over the management and direction of a company.  Companies looking to attract venture capital are often companies aiming to exit via an initial public offering or acquisition, but do not yet have sufficiently predictable cash flows to attract traditional forms of institutional or debt financing.  

Many of the companies seeking venture capital operate technology-driven businesses in the areas of information technology, life-sciences and clean energy.  Venture capital is provided in large part by venture capital funds (Venture Capitalists), a subdivision of private equity, who typically invest in a curated portfolio of companies within the technology space.  Because companies in this space present high-risk high-reward investment opportunities, Venture Capitalists demand sufficient control in a company and its strategic direction in an effort to maximize and protect investment potential.  Practically, such control manifests by way of board seats, veto rights on major business and share capital decisions, and the ability to recover a Venture Capitalist’s investment in certain circumstances.  

Venture capital law encompasses the broad range of legal services related to the provision, composition and maintenance of venture capital funding, and the many considerations companies and Venture Capitalists must address when involving Venture Capitalists in the ownership and management of a company’s business.  Lawyers providing advice in the area of venture capital law are instrumental in counseling emerging companies and venture capital funds on capital structure, shareholder rights, employment matters, board composition, securities compliance, compensation and incentive plans and the protection of intellectual property.  Because many Venture Capitalists are based in the United States, lawyers representing Canadian companies often liaise with foreign securities counsel on cross-border issues.  In addition to the need for general private equity expertise, the unique DNA and growth stage of a company seeking venture capital funding necessitates that lawyers practicing venture capital law possess specialized knowledge and experience when dealing in this area.

Venture capital is financial capital provided to high-risk early or growth stage companies usually in exchange for a solid equity position and significant influence over the management and direction of a company.  Companies looking to attract venture capital are often companies aiming to exit via an initial public offering or acquisition, but do not yet have sufficiently predictable cash flows to attract traditional forms of institutional or debt financing.  

Many of the companies seeking venture capital operate technology-driven businesses in the areas of information technology, life-sciences and clean energy.  Venture capital is provided in large part by venture capital funds (Venture Capitalists), a subdivision of private equity, who typically invest in a curated portfolio of companies within the technology space.  Because companies in this space present high-risk high-reward investment opportunities, Venture Capitalists demand sufficient control in a company and its strategic direction in an effort to maximize and protect investment potential.  Practically, such control manifests by way of board seats, veto rights on major business and share capital decisions, and the ability to recover a Venture Capitalist’s investment in certain circumstances.  

Venture capital law encompasses the broad range of legal services related to the provision, composition and maintenance of venture capital funding, and the many considerations companies and Venture Capitalists must address when involving Venture Capitalists in the ownership and management of a company’s business.  Lawyers providing advice in the area of venture capital law are instrumental in counseling emerging companies and venture capital funds on capital structure, shareholder rights, employment matters, board composition, securities compliance, compensation and incentive plans and the protection of intellectual property.  Because many Venture Capitalists are based in the United States, lawyers representing Canadian companies often liaise with foreign securities counsel on cross-border issues.  In addition to the need for general private equity expertise, the unique DNA and growth stage of a company seeking venture capital funding necessitates that lawyers practicing venture capital law possess specialized knowledge and experience when dealing in this area.