Over the last 15 years, we have established a highly regarded practice dedicated to representing corporate venture clients at all stages of development.
Our lawyers understand that corporate venture programs often must be structured and operated in unique ways due to the incredibly diverse range of companies, industries, strategies, and opportunities involved in the venture and innovation ecosystem. We provide guidance and advice throughout all stages of a corporate venture program – from fund formation to deal sourcing and evaluation, to transaction structuring and negotiation, to portfolio company management and follow-on financings, and ultimately to acquisition, sale and other exit events.
Our team offers clients a three-step approach to serve your needs.
We recognize that corporate venture investments have needs and requirements different from traditional investments, and our corporate venture team has the focused knowledge and experience to address these unique issues. Our team is comprised of transactional, intellectual property and industry/regulatory lawyers who are highly experienced in advising corporate venture clients and the portfolio companies in which they invest. We guide clients throughout the entire innovation lifecycle, providing advice that aligns with the client’s particular strategic focus.
Partner in Innovation
We partner with our corporate venture clients and implement strategies that drive innovation and meet the client’s specific needs. For instance, during the fund formation stage, we work closely with our clients to set up an organizational and operational framework based on industry best practices that is aligned with the program’s parent entity. Through discussions, training sessions and other initiatives, we collaborate with our clients and their parent entities to broaden institutional knowledge and foster an effective and sustainable program.
We strive to ensure that all aspects of developing and operating a corporate venture program are completed effectively and efficiently. Our vast experience of corporate venture intricacies, deep knowledge about our clients, and efficient use of technology allows us to expedite the transaction process and reduce transaction costs.
We work with some of the most notable names in the industry, as well as small to mid-sized companies and institutions. We also help clients evaluate whether a corporate venture program is the right strategy for their desired business growth. Our lawyers represent clients in a wide range of industries, with a particular focus on the health care, life sciences and insurance industries.
Representative corporate venture and strategic investment clients include:
- Merck Global Health Innovation
- Radian Group
- Comcast Ventures
- NBCUniversal – News Division
- University of Pittsburgh Medical Center
- Providence Health System
- Physicians Interactive, Inc.
- Dyson, Ltd.
- Prudential (Gibraltar Ventures)
- GAIN Capital