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  • Location:
    Sherman Oaks, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Venture Capital Law Corporate Law
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  • Location:
    Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Practice Areas:
    Private Funds / Hedge Funds Law Venture Capital Law Securities Regulation Securities / Capital Markets Law
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  • Location:
    Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate Law Mergers and Acquisitions Law Private Funds / Hedge Funds Law Venture Capital Law Corporate Governance Law
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  • Location:
    Miami, Florida
  • Practice Areas:
    Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law Securities / Capital Markets Law Venture Capital Law Mergers and Acquisitions Law Corporate Law
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  • Location:
    Boston, Massachusetts
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate Law Venture Capital Law
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  • Location:
    Short Hills, New Jersey
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate Law Venture Capital Law
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  • Location:
    Miami, Florida
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate Law Mergers and Acquisitions Law Venture Capital Law Corporate Governance Law Securities / Capital Markets Law
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  • Location:
    Phoenix, Arizona
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate Law Venture Capital Law Securities Regulation Corporate Governance Law Mergers and Acquisitions Law Securities / Capital Markets Law
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  • Location:
    Boston, Massachusetts
  • Practice Areas:
    Venture Capital Law Corporate Law Biotechnology and Life Sciences Practice
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  • Location:
    Cleveland, Ohio
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate Law Securities / Capital Markets Law Mergers and Acquisitions Law Venture Capital Law
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  • Location:
    Chicago, Illinois
  • Practice Areas:
    Venture Capital Law
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  • Location:
    Huntsville, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate Law Biotechnology and Life Sciences Practice Securities / Capital Markets Law Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law Venture Capital Law Mergers and Acquisitions Law
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  • Location:
    Portland, Oregon
  • Practice Areas:
    Venture Capital Law Corporate Law Securities / Capital Markets Law Mergers and Acquisitions Law CleanTech Law
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  • Location:
    San Diego, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law Venture Capital Law
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  • Location:
    Seattle, Washington
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate Law Venture Capital Law
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  • Location:
    New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate Law Venture Capital Law Mergers and Acquisitions Law
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  • Location:
    Washington, District of Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Venture Capital Law
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  • Location:
    Raleigh, North Carolina
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate Law Corporate Governance Law Mergers and Acquisitions Law Venture Capital Law
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  • Location:
    Seattle, Washington
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate Law Securities / Capital Markets Law Venture Capital Law Mergers and Acquisitions Law
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  • Location:
    Miami, Florida
  • Practice Areas:
    Mergers and Acquisitions Law Venture Capital Law
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  • Location:
    San Diego, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law Venture Capital Law Corporate Law
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  • Location:
    Chicago, Illinois
  • Practice Areas:
    Venture Capital Law
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  • Location:
    Chicago, Illinois
  • Practice Areas:
    Venture Capital Law
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  • Location:
    Miami, Florida
  • Practice Areas:
    Mergers and Acquisitions Law Venture Capital Law
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  • Location:
    Redwood City, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law Venture Capital Law
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  • Location:
    Nashville, Tennessee
  • Practice Areas:
    Mergers and Acquisitions Law Corporate Law Business Organizations (including LLCs and Partnerships) Information Technology Law Technology Law Venture Capital Law
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  • Location:
    Charlotte, North Carolina
  • Practice Areas:
    Mergers and Acquisitions Law Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law Venture Capital Law
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  • Location:
    Boston, Massachusetts
  • Practice Areas:
    Venture Capital Law Corporate Law
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  • Location:
    Tampa, Florida
  • Practice Areas:
    Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law Private Funds / Hedge Funds Law Banking and Finance Law Venture Capital Law Corporate Law Mergers and Acquisitions Law
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  • Location:
    Denver, Colorado
  • Practice Areas:
    Mergers and Acquisitions Law Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law Venture Capital Law
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  • Location:
    Redwood City, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Venture Capital Law
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  • Location:
    New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Practice Areas:
    Securities / Capital Markets Law Securities Regulation Mergers and Acquisitions Law Venture Capital Law Corporate Law
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  • Location:
    Morgantown, West Virginia
  • Practice Areas:
    Real Estate Law Construction Law Venture Capital Law
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  • Location:
    Reno, Nevada
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate Law Venture Capital Law
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  • Location:
    Charlotte, North Carolina
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate Law Venture Capital Law Mergers and Acquisitions Law Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law
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  • Location:
    Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate Law Corporate Compliance Law Mergers and Acquisitions Law Banking and Finance Law Venture Capital Law Corporate Governance Law
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  • Location:
    Denver, Colorado
  • Practice Areas:
    Venture Capital Law Corporate Law
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  • Location:
    Redwood City, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Venture Capital Law Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law Corporate Law
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  • Location:
    Boston, Massachusetts
  • Practice Areas:
    Venture Capital Law Corporate Law
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  • Location:
    Boston, Massachusetts
  • Practice Areas:
    Venture Capital Law Corporate Law
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  • Location:
    New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Practice Areas:
    Venture Capital Law Corporate Law Securities / Capital Markets Law Mergers and Acquisitions Law
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  • Location:
    Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate Law Venture Capital Law
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  • Location:
    New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate Law Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law Venture Capital Law
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  • Location:
    San Diego, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate Law Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law Securities / Capital Markets Law Venture Capital Law
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  • Location:
    Miami, Florida
  • Practice Areas:
    Venture Capital Law Mergers and Acquisitions Law Corporate Law
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  • Location:
    Durham, North Carolina
  • Practice Areas:
    Venture Capital Law
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  • Location:
    Baltimore, Maryland
  • Practice Areas:
    Mergers and Acquisitions Law Trademark Law Corporate Law Venture Capital Law Copyright Law
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  • Location:
    Austin, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Venture Capital Law
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  • Location:
    Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Practice Areas:
    Venture Capital Law
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  • Location:
    Miami, Florida
  • Practice Areas:
    Mergers and Acquisitions Law Private Funds / Hedge Funds Law Corporate Compliance Law Venture Capital Law Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law Corporate Law Corporate Governance Law
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  • Location:
    McLean, Virginia
  • Practice Areas:
    Technology Law Venture Capital Law Corporate Law
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  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate Law Tax Law Venture Capital Law
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  • Location:
    Towson, Maryland
  • Practice Areas:
    Venture Capital Law Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law
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  • Location:
    Boston, Massachusetts
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate Law Venture Capital Law Mergers and Acquisitions Law
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  • Location:
    Richmond, Virginia
  • Practice Areas:
    Venture Capital Law Corporate Law
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  • Location:
    Boston, Massachusetts
  • Practice Areas:
    Venture Capital Law Antitrust Law Corporate Law
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  • Location:
    Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Banking and Finance Law Venture Capital Law
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  • Location:
    Chicago, Illinois
  • Practice Areas:
    Venture Capital Law
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  • Location:
    Redwood City, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Venture Capital Law
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  • Location:
    Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Practice Areas:
    Mergers and Acquisitions Law Venture Capital Law Securities / Capital Markets Law
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  • Location:
    Seattle, Washington
  • Practice Areas:
    Securities / Capital Markets Law Venture Capital Law Corporate Law Mergers and Acquisitions Law
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  • Location:
    Boston, Massachusetts
  • Practice Areas:
    Venture Capital Law
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  • Location:
    Houston, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Venture Capital Law Mergers and Acquisitions Law Corporate Law
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  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Health Care Law Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law Business Organizations (including LLCs and Partnerships) Corporate Governance Law Mergers and Acquisitions Law Venture Capital Law Securities / Capital Markets Law Corporate Law
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  • Location:
    Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Practice Areas:
    Venture Capital Law Mergers and Acquisitions Law Corporate Law
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  • Location:
    Dallas, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Sports Law Copyright Law Patent Law Venture Capital Law Litigation - Intellectual Property Litigation - Patent
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  • Location:
    Portland, Oregon
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate Law Venture Capital Law
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  • Location:
    Redwood City, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Venture Capital Law
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  • Location:
    Greenwood Village, Colorado
  • Practice Areas:
    Mergers and Acquisitions Law Corporate Law Venture Capital Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Practice Areas:
    International Trade and Finance Law Corporate Law Banking and Finance Law Venture Capital Law
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  • Location:
    Houston, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate Law Mergers and Acquisitions Law Venture Capital Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Houston, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law Corporate Law Venture Capital Law
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  • Location:
    New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law Venture Capital Law
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  • Location:
    Atlanta, Georgia
  • Practice Areas:
    Venture Capital Law
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  • Location:
    Greenville, South Carolina
  • Practice Areas:
    Mergers and Acquisitions Law Venture Capital Law
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  • Location:
    Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Practice Areas:
    Venture Capital Law
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  • Location:
    San Diego, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law Venture Capital Law Corporate Law
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  • Location:
    New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Venture Capital Law Corporate Law
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  • Location:
    Wichita, Kansas
  • Practice Areas:
    Venture Capital Law Tax Law Mergers and Acquisitions Law Corporate Law
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  • Location:
    Denver, Colorado
  • Practice Areas:
    Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law Venture Capital Law Corporate Law Securities / Capital Markets Law Mergers and Acquisitions Law
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  • Location:
    Charlotte, North Carolina
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate Law Mergers and Acquisitions Law Venture Capital Law Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law
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  • Location:
    San Francisco, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law Corporate Law Venture Capital Law Securities / Capital Markets Law
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  • Location:
    Louisville, Kentucky
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate Law Corporate Governance Law Venture Capital Law Private Funds / Hedge Funds Law Securities / Capital Markets Law
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  • Location:
    Atlanta, Georgia
  • Practice Areas:
    Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law Venture Capital Law
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  • Location:
    Austin, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Mergers and Acquisitions Law Securities Regulation Corporate Law Securities / Capital Markets Law Venture Capital Law
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  • Location:
    Portland, Oregon
  • Practice Areas:
    Private Funds / Hedge Funds Law Securities / Capital Markets Law Venture Capital Law Securities Regulation Mergers and Acquisitions Law Corporate Law
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  • Location:
    Raleigh, North Carolina
  • Practice Areas:
    Technology Law Venture Capital Law Corporate Law
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  • Location:
    Redwood City, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law Technology Law Venture Capital Law
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  • Location:
    Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate Law Mergers and Acquisitions Law Venture Capital Law
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  • Location:
    Boston, Massachusetts
  • Practice Areas:
    Venture Capital Law Information Technology Law Mergers and Acquisitions Law Corporate Law Technology Law
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  • Location:
    New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Practice Areas:
    Real Estate Law Mergers and Acquisitions Law Venture Capital Law Corporate Law Business Organizations (including LLCs and Partnerships)
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  • Location:
    Phoenix, Arizona
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate Law Franchise Law Venture Capital Law
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  • Location:
    Raleigh, North Carolina
  • Practice Areas:
    Mergers and Acquisitions Law Private Funds / Hedge Funds Law Venture Capital Law Corporate Law Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law
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  • Location:
    Houston, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Venture Capital Law Corporate Law Mergers and Acquisitions Law
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Mitchell S. Zuklie was awarded  "Lawyer of the Year" in

Mitchell S. Zuklie

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP
  • Location:
    Menlo Park, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Venture Capital Law
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  • Location:
    San Diego, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Securities / Capital Markets Law Venture Capital Law Corporate Law
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  • Location:
    Palo Alto, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Mergers and Acquisitions Law Venture Capital Law Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law Corporate Law Securities / Capital Markets Law

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Practice Area Definition

Venture Capital Law Definition

Venture Capital is financial capital provided to early-stage startup companies with a high potential for growth after the early growth funding round, also known as seed funding. These companies are aiming for eventual initial public offerings or even a trade sale. They are attracted to venture capital because most of them are too small to raise capital in the public markets, secure bank loans, or even complete debt offerings. As the investment is high risk, most venture capitalists gain significant control over company decisions and a large portion of the company’s ownership.

Venture Capital (VC) law involves many financing and M&A transactions, including public/private and private/private mergers, as well as acquisitions, extensive strategic partnering transactions (i.e., licensing matters, Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEM), reseller and Value Added Reseller (VAR) arrangements, technology development partnerships and other joint ventures). This type of law also includes many non-VC financing transactions involving the private and public sale of debt and equity securities.

Lawyers serving as primary counsel to emerging company clients are often viewed as outside general counsel. Lawyers provide extensive operational counsel on a wide range of matters that are pivotal for the emerging company and its investors, including employment matters, compensation issues, intellectual property protection, enforcement and monetization, and policy work. Understanding the client's technology and the market in which it competes is crucial for the success of these operations.

Young companies interested in venture capital usually have rare, highly sought after qualities, such as innovative technology, the potential for rapid growth, or impressive business models and management teams. Because of the high risk and the need for high returns, venture funding is an expensive capital source for companies and explains its prevalence in fast-growing technological areas including cleantech and the life sciences. Depending on a venture capital legal practice's size and availability of resources, startup clients may rely on them for virtually everything legal and quasi-legal. Entrepreneurs will involve their legal counsel in all of their new ventures and investor clients frequently refer their portfolio companies to the legal counsel.
Venture Capital is financial capital provided to early-stage startup companies with a high potential for growth after the early growth funding round, also known as seed funding. These companies are aiming for eventual initial public offerings or even a trade sale. They are attracted to venture capital because most of them are too small to raise capital in the public markets, secure bank loans, or even complete debt offerings. As the investment is high risk, most venture capitalists gain significant control over company decisions and a large portion of the company’s ownership.

Venture Capital (VC) law involves many financing and M&A transactions, including public/private and private/private mergers, as well as acquisitions, extensive strategic partnering transactions (i.e., licensing matters, Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEM), reseller and Value Added Reseller (VAR) arrangements, technology development partnerships and other joint ventures). This type of law also includes many non-VC financing transactions involving the private and public sale of debt and equity securities.

Lawyers serving as primary counsel to emerging company clients are often viewed as outside general counsel. Lawyers provide extensive operational counsel on a wide range of matters that are pivotal for the emerging company and its investors, including employment matters, compensation issues, intellectual property protection, enforcement and monetization, and policy work. Understanding the client's technology and the market in which it competes is crucial for the success of these operations.

Young companies interested in venture capital usually have rare, highly sought after qualities, such as innovative technology, the potential for rapid growth, or impressive business models and management teams. Because of the high risk and the need for high returns, venture funding is an expensive capital source for companies and explains its prevalence in fast-growing technological areas including cleantech and the life sciences. Depending on a venture capital legal practice's size and availability of resources, startup clients may rely on them for virtually everything legal and quasi-legal. Entrepreneurs will involve their legal counsel in all of their new ventures and investor clients frequently refer their portfolio companies to the legal counsel.