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If you are a startup, there’s a good chance you will need to raise money at some point and could benefit from engaging an Austin securities lawyer. This type of financing is known as venture capital or private equity, and for most startups, especially technology startups, is an essential component for starting, running, and growing their business.

However, most business owners have never raised money before, and that’s perfectly understandable. If you’re a business owner, chances are that you started your company because you’re skilled in a certain craft, whatever that may be, not raising money.

Fortunately, an experienced business attorney could help you navigate the complexities of venture capital and private equity financings. These types of transactions involve many complex legal provisions that if not reviewed by experienced legal counsel, could result in many unintended consequences down the road, including the potential loss of control of your business.

Seed Funding, Series A, and Beyond

The first round of capital that companies raise is often called Seed Funding or Friends and Family Round. While most of the investors in these rounds are as you might have guessed, friends and family, the transaction documents are just as important – if not more-so – than future rounds of funding. The reason for this is because they set the foundation for your equity ownership structure, vesting schedule, and are often some of the first documents future investors review during due diligence when determining whether to invest in your company.

Thankfully, our securities attorneys have done hundreds of venture capital and private equity financings, ranging from Seed Stage, Series A, B, C, and all the way through corporate mergers & acquisitions. We know what to look for, and what to avoid, to ensure your company is well positioned for investment. This includes among other things, ensuring your company has the right legal entity structure, strong business contracts, and employment agreements.

Equity, Debt, or SAFE?

There are many different types of fundraising vehicles, each with their own benefits and disadvantages. In addition, investors sometimes influence the type of financing a company pursues. It’s important to understand that there is no one size fits all fundraising vehicle that is right for all companies. However, choosing the wrong fundraising vehicle for your company can have crippling effects on your business’ growth.

Fortunately, the securities attorneys at Thorsen Legal can walk you through your options, ensure you understand their plusses and minuses, and help you decide on the funding structure that is right for you and your business. Most venture capital and private equity fundraisings fall into the following categories:

  • Equity
  • Convertible Note
  • SAFE
  • Revenue Based Financing

Talk to an Austin Securities Attorney Before Raising Money for Your Business

Our attorneys have decades of experience representing business owners and investors in hundreds of venture capital and private equity financings. If you’re a startup or small business preparing to raise money, retaining an Austin securities attorney is almost certainly in your best interests. Call us today to schedule a free initial consultation.

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