Venture Capital & Start-Ups
We believe that the future (whether concerning companies, investors or professional services specialists) is based, first and foremost, on innovation. Against this backdrop, we have created a multidisciplinary team of professionals with solid knowledge and experience in a variety of areas of law (including civil, corporate, banking & finance law, IP, IT, administrative law, privacy, litigation), who have the skills to understand both legal and business aspects of each specific case. We assist clients (informal investors, venture capital funds, corporate venture capital, start-ups, spin-offs, SMEs, highly innovative companies, accelerators, academic bodies and research organisations) in all sectors (including life sciences, med tech, deep tech, energy, digital technologies, food tech, agritech) and in all phases of investment (pre-seed, seed, early stage, early growth, growth and exit) and during the process of transferring technologies and innovations from research to the market.
As far as corporate aspects are concerned, we support our clients from the choice of the corporate vehicle that best suits their needs (for example, access to the start-up scheme or innovative SME programmes) to the optimisation of the divestment strategy during the exit phase. In particular, our professionals provide guidance for the definition of relationships between shareholders; the fund-raising phase; the negotiation and signing of investment agreements (involving equity, debt or hybrid instruments) and joint ventures; corporate governance structures; structured finance transactions (such as the issuance of equity and non-equity financial instruments) and the structuring of managers’ compensation and incentive plans (e.g. stock option plans).
In terms of industrial and intellectual property, we assist clients in all phases of the process of accessing and exploiting the technologies and innovations they wish to invest in (through, for example, sale or licensing agreements or contribution to a start-up or spin-off). We provide advice in the definition of relations with inventors, in the operational phase of the start-up or spin-off with regard to the development and protection of the technology, in contractual relationships with third parties that involve IP rights in any way (e.g., in and out licensing agreements, R&D contracts, manufacturing contracts).
We guide our clients in all matters relating to the collection, processing and analysis of data, which has now become a decisive competitive advantage in many areas of innovation.
Where the circumstances arise and if our clients request it, our specialists work in synergy with L&B Partners S.p.A. to guarantee a legal advice perfectly coordinated with financial advisory know-how.