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What is Venture Law?

Venture law is a collection of legal disciplines collected under one roof to enable a client to get the strategic legal assistance which it needs to grow rapidly and obtain financing in a competitive business environment. These legal disciplines include corporations, securities, contracts, licensing and mergers and acquisitions. Venture law also brings the attorney into close contact with the venture so that the attorney has a genuine interest in the success of the company enabling the client to benefit not only from strategic legal advice but also a network which can assist the company in its development.

  • Securities Law deals with the network of law and regulation which regulation the issuance of securities by a company. If your company is thinking of raising money at its initial formation or any time thereafter, the offering will be subject the securities laws. These offering may range from raising under $100,000 from friends and family to raising millions from venture capital investors.
  • Contract Law. In Montana, poorly drafted contracts are the source of many disputes as we emerge from the handshake era. An attorney who has experience negotiating and drafting contracts can and will be able to predict problem areas and work to solve them.
  • Corporate Law. Corporate Law deals with the life of corporations through all of the their stages and the essential documentation for these stages. Failure to document and follow other corporate formalities has resulted in personal liability for some company owners in Montana. Corporate Law also sets forth the actions to be taken when there are disputes within the corporation between shareholders, or between shareholders and management.
  • Licensing. Licensing is a powerful but less well-known way to create relationships between individuals and companies. Frequently the owner of intellectual property such as an invention or some other asset is not in the best interest to develop that asset. Licensing permits the asset to get into the hands of a developer without an outright sale.
  • Merger and Acquisitions. Corporations from time to time merge or are acquired by other corporate entities. In the buying selling and merging of businesses particular legal questions arise which encompass legal skills in corporate law, securities law, tax law and skills specific to mergers and acquisitions.
  • Nonprofit Law. Nonprofits are now dynamic business ventures for the public benefit. Entrepreneurs are developing nonprofits in many market niches to assist our communities and our state. One of the key steps for these nonprofits is obtaining tax exempt status from the IRS and maintaining the corporate form of the nonprofit for this purpose and afterwards.