Venture Capital Finance Attorney | VC Lawyer 2019-10-05T00:20:10+00:00

Venture Capital Attorney | VC Investment Lawyer

Seeking the right Venture Capital Investment attorney?

AXIS Legal Counsel’s Startups & Ventures practice represents investors,
entrepreneurs, venture capital, and private equity clients
throughout Los Angeles, and California.

Experienced. Affordable. World Class Talent. 

Venture capital and finance is at the heart of the California private investment sector. AXIS Legal Counsel advises startups, investors, promoters, and intermediaries on a variety of venture capital and startup financing transactions.  AXIS Legal Counsel has substantial involvement in the southern California venture capital community and advises a variety of clientele numerous aspects of venture capital transactions.

AXIS Legal Counsel represents individuals and entities involved in venture financing and venture capital transactions.   To request a consultation or receive more information about our Startups & Ventures Practice, please contact us.

Headquartered in Los Angeles, California, Axis Legal Counsel represents securities clients throughout the world with a wide variety of U.S. securities law matters. We are a U.S. based law firm based out of Los Angeles, California assisting clients with securities transactions throughout the United States and from across the globe around the world.

We represent clients in the formation of private and public companies, raising capital, state and federal SEC-compliant, securities offerings, including private placements made pursuant to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s rules.

  • U.S. SEC Filings
  • Securities offerings
  • Securities Issuances
  • Securities filings
  • Private placements
  • Debt and equity-based securities issuances
  • Regulation D
  • Rule 506(b) Securities offerings
  • Rule 506(c) Securities offerings
  • Regulation A + Offerings
  • Regulation S (Non-U.S.) Offerings

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► Who We Represent

We serve all types of startups, companies, funds, and investors, including but not limited to:

  • U.S. startups and businesses
  • Delaware corporations
  • British Virgin Islands entities
  • Isle of Man entities
  • Cayman entities
  • Hong Kong / Singapore
  • Funds / Fund formations
  • Cryptocurrencies
  • Token-based issuers
  • Holding companies
  • Asset management companies
  • International issuers
  • U.S. investors
  • International investors
  • Private companies
  • Brokers and dealers
  • Escrow agents

► Overview of Venture Capital Transactions

 What is Venture Capital?

Venture capital refers to the capital investments generally invested in early stage companies, including at the pre-seed, seed-stage, and growth-oriented enterprises on a venture/IPO path.  Often times venture capital transactions involve financing a new venture or startup that is in need of funds, talent, resources, strategic partnerships, working capital, or operational support.

 What Kinds of Venture Financing Transactions Are Common? 

Venture capital investments into new startups can involve a variety of investment types, including equity issuances, convertible notes, debt instruments (such as loans), simple agreements for future equity, swaps, and other types.  Venture financing involving early stage companies frequently can involve convertible notes due to the difficulty of valuating a conceptual startup, or a startup for which technological developments are needed to obtain traction.  often when a startup first forms, it can be difficult to evaluate the startup, because it may not have a prototype, a working website or app, may not have a significant following of users, clients, or customers, all of which can make valuation very difficult. If it is not easy to evaluate an early stage company, it can be difficult reaching an agreement between investors and entrepreneurs as to what the proper per unit issuance of equity in the entity should be. Founders will generally try to depart with as little of the company as possible, taking the position that the company is evaluated at a high figure. On the other hand, investors generally try to obtain the best bargain for the investment is possible, arguing that cash is more valuable than time, and should receive a greater stake, were a better stake, for examples are preferred shares, in the early stage startup.

AXIS regularly assists startups and ventures with a variety of legal matters. AXIS can assist you with:

  • Convertible notes
  • Stock purchase agreements
  • Subscription agreements
  • Equity based issuances
  • Debt securities / notes
  • Joint ventures
  • Startup acquisitions
  • Angel investors and investments
  • Investor pools
  • Due diligence investigations
  • Recapitalizations
  • Startup conversions
  • Startup dissolutions

What Steps are Involved in a Venture Capital or Venture Financing Deal?

When an investor or startup is seeking venture capital attorneys for a venture financing deal, the process generally involves several stages before the transaction can close:

  • Due diligence on the target
  • Evaluation of the financial assets, balance sheet, profit/loss and other accounting details of the target
  • Evaluation of the capitalization of the company to determine pre-money and post-money evaluation and equity stakes, when considering full dilution
  • Preparation of the necessary legal documents for the venture financing transaction
  • Issuance of certificated shares or notices of issuance for uncertificated shares
  • Closing and funding

The general time frame can take a couple of weeks, up to several months, depending on the complexity of the transaction. If the investor is an accredited investor, things can go more quickly, because the securities rules for accredited investors are different than those for members of the ordinary public. Accredited investors are recognized as being sophisticated parties, and acknowledged the fact that investing in an early stage companies speculative, and could lead to risky consequences.

Legal Fees for Venture Capital Financing Transactions

Think that hiring a venture capital finance attorney has to cost a fortune? Not here. AXIS Legal Counsel offers a variety of flexible fee and billing options available for startup financing and venture financing transactions. Whether you are an entrepreneur, investor, angel investor, investor pool, or seed fund, AXIS can help.

Getting Legal Help

AXIS Legal Counsel represents individuals and entities involved in venture financing and venture capital transactions.  AXIS represents clients using a variety of flexible fee arrangements, which includes flat fee, capped fee, budgeted, hourly, contingent, and other attorney fee arrangements for transactions.  To request a consultation or receive more information about our Startups & Ventures Practice, please contact us at info@axislc.com.

► The Venture Capital Transactions We Service 

Axis provides full-service securities law support and advice/counsel for startups and established businesses in all types of securities transactions.  We represent all types of business clients in numerous industries, whether at the emerging stage, such as pre-seed, seed-stage, or early stage ventures, or established businesses, whether small businesses, mid-sized companies, or large international businesses with a multitude of offices and employees.

Having experience and knowledge of securities law   is crucial to providing legal advice. We serve a variety of securities law transactions, including but not limited to the following:

  • Securities filings
  • Regulation D filings
  • Private Placements
  • Private placement memorandums
  • Offering Circulars
  • White papers
  • Securities offerings Offerings
  • Cryptocurrency SAFTs / Simple Agreements for Future Tokens
  • Cryptocurrency Smart Contracts

 Venture Capital Practice Areas

Securities Transactions

Axis assists clients with a wide variety of securities transactions. The most common types of securities transactions for business clients include the following:

  • Equity issuances and offerings
  • Debt offerings
  • Venture capital
  • Private placement memorandum
  • Investor financings
  • Secondary offerings
  • 144A Private Placement
  • Offering Circulars
  • Private Placements
  • Debt-based Offerings
  • Regulation S Offerings
  • Regulation D Offerings
  • Regulation A Offerings
  • Regulation A+ Offerings
  • Convertible Notes
  • Bridge Financings
  • Mezzanine Financings
  • ICOs and Cryptocurrency securities
  • Token-based issuances

 

 

Venture Capital Securities Compliance

 Federal and state law generally requires ongoing compliance for businesses with securities issued to private or public investors. These can include working with your business to prepare registration statements and reporting obligations, including but not limited to the following:

  • Registration Statements (S1, S3, SB-2, F-20, 10, 10SB Statements)
  • Periodic Reports (10K, 10Q, 8K statements)
  • Compliance with state blue sky laws
  • Securities Act of 1933 Compliance
  • Securities Act of 1934 Compliance
  • Sarbanes-Oxley Compliance
  • Compliance with California Department of Business Oversight

 

Tax Law and Banking Law Compliance

 We assist clients seek compliance with the myriad of tax, regulatory, and compliance laws that accompany securities filings, including but not limited to:

  • FinCEN Compliance
  • IRS Compliance
  •  Commodities Futures Trading Commission Compliance
  • Tax compliance
  • Anti-Money Laundering Compliance and Policies
  •  Money-Transmitter Business licensing
  • Money Services Business (MSB) Regulations
  • Department of Treasury Regulations
  •  U.S. Banking Laws
  • Bank Secrecy Act Compliance

Intellectual Property & Licensing

We assist Cryptocurrency clients with a wide variety of intellectual property and licensing matters, ranging across copyright, trademark, trade secret, licensing, confidentiality, and related matters:

  • Confidentiality Agreements
  • Copyrights
  • Copyright Assignments
  • Copyright Infringement
  • Content-Licensing Agreements
  • End-User Agreement
  • Endorsement Deals
  • Intellectual Property Assignment
  • Licensing Contracts
  • Merchandising
  • Non-Disclosure Agreements
  • Privacy Policies
  • Promotional Agreements
  • Records Retention Policies
  • Software Licensing Agreements
  • Sweepstakes & Contests
  • Trademarks
  • Trademark Disputes
  • Trademark Infringement
  • Trademark Registrations
  • Web Hosting Agreements
  • Website Terms & Conditions

 

Venture Capital Securities Litigation

Axis has represented a wide variety of client with all types of disputes, controversies, and litigated matters. The most common issues in securities litigation involve shareholder lawsuits, shareholder derivative claims, buyer and seller misrepresentations, fraud on the part of brokers and dealers, materially misleading facts or inadequate disclosures to investors and stockholders.  From a legal perspective, there are a number of laws governing the duties, activities, and disclosures required by private and public companies issuing securities.  These include a variety of types of legal claims:

  • Breaches of Fiduciary Duty
  • Securities Fraud
  • Breaches of Trust
  • Investor Fraud
  • Misrepresentations/Fraud in the Sale or Purchase of Securities
  • Insider Trading Liability
  • Stock Broker Malpractice and Professional Negligence
  • Dealer Liability
  • Breaches of Shareholder Agreements
  • Liability for the Sale of Unregistered Securities
  • Ponzi Schemes

 

Shareholder Rights

Axis also regularly represents shareholders, members, and other owners of companies in legal matters involving shareholder rights. These can include, but are not limited to:

  • Shareholder Inspection Rights
  • Shareholder Participation in Corporate Governance
  • Shareholder Derivative Claims
  • Breaches of Shareholder Agreements
  • Self-Dealing / Misuse of Corporate Assets
  • Minority Shareholder Freeze-Outs and Squeeze-Outs
  • Stock Broker Malpractice and Professional Negligence
  • Dealer Liability
  • Corporate Mismanagement
  • Breaches of Fiduciary Duty
  • Corporate Fraud
  • Conflict of Interest Transactions
  • Fraud
  • Investor Fraud

 

Our Billing Philosophy and Fees

 We have a wide variety of billing arrangements that are flexible for businesses of all sizes and types. On many  occasions, we provide legal services to business clients on a flat fee, or budgeted basis, by which the overall legal expenses are capped for purposes of the task or project being performed. It is generally a very straightforward  process, and many clients are pleased to learn how affordable it can be to obtain reliable legal advice for their business matter.FeesButton

We also use traditional legal billing structures, such as hourly services, as well as hybrid billing arrangements for clients whose billing needs are more specific. Our billing practices reflect the philosophy of providing value-added services for clients, in a cost-effective, affordable, and reliable manner. Most businesses generally cannot afford the high legal fees of large law firms, which can feel overwhelming, especially when there are multiple timekeepers assigned to a file all doing what appears to be the same or similar tasks. Our billing philosophy specifically is designed to avoid the types of billing practices that frustrate business clients the most.

► Getting Legal Help

If you need experienced legal counsel in connection with representation with venture capital investment law matters requiring the assistance of a venture capital attorney or venture capital law firm, please contact us for legal assistance today. Call today for free consultation, and in as little as 15 minutes, you could have peace of mind with respect to the handling of  your legal matter. Call us today at (213) 403-0130 or info@axis.legal.

 

 

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Our FAQs answer the most common issues faced by startups and  businesses.

We have an extensive FAQ Library that covers the most common questions we get from businesses, as well as FAQs on recent changes in  law affecting businesses .

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Our Awards and Accolades

Our talented legal counsel has  consistently been recognized for excellence in legal services, and has been rated or ranked by Avvo, SuperLawyers, Euromoney’s Definitive Guide to Leading Litigation Lawyers & Law Firms, Los Angeles Magazine, and others.

  • Superlawyers – Rising Stars (2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019) – Top 2.5% of Attorneys in the State
  • “Superb” Rated by Avvo.com (2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019)
  • “Top Attorneys – Los Angeles Magazine (2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019)
  • Recognized as one of the Global 100 Lawyers in Business Law (2017)
  • “Business Law Firm of the Year” – ACQ/Intertrust Magazine (2016)
  • “Top Business Law Firm” – Finance Monthly Magazine (2016)
  • “Superb” Rated by Avvo.com (2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017)
  • Lawyers of Distinction (2016)
  • “Up and Coming Attorneys” (2010)
  • Euromoney’s Definitive Guide to Leading Lawyers and Firms (2009)

 

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